A Guide Through Divorce in Lenawee County

Divorce can be a challenging and emotional process, but understanding the specific procedures and resources available in Lenawee County, Michigan, can help ease the journey. At Stimpson & Associates, we are dedicated to providing you with the information and support you need during this difficult time.


Understanding the Basics of Divorce in Michigan

In Michigan, divorce is governed by state law, and the process is initiated when one spouse files a complaint for divorce with the local circuit court. Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means that the spouse filing for divorce does not need to prove any wrongdoing by the other spouse. The only requirement is to state that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed, and there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.


Steps for Filing for Divorce in Lenawee County

  1. Prepare the Necessary Forms: The first step in filing for divorce is to prepare the necessary forms. These include the Complaint for Divorce, Summons, and any other required documents. You can obtain these forms from the Lenawee County Circuit Court or download them from the Michigan Courts website.
  2. File the Complaint: Once you have completed the forms, you need to file them with the Lenawee County Circuit Court.
    The court is located at 425 N. Main St. Adrian, MI 49221 (phone: 517-264-4597)
  3. Serve the Papers: After filing, you must serve the divorce papers to your spouse. This can be done by a process server, sheriff’s deputy, or any adult not involved in the case.
  4. Responding to the Complaint: Your spouse has 21 days (if served in person) or 28 days (if served by mail or outside the state) to respond to the complaint.

Key Issues in Lenawee County Divorce Cases

Division of Property
Michigan follows the principle of equitable distribution, which means that marital property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally. The court considers various factors such as the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse, and the needs and circumstances of each party.

Child Custody and Support
In Lenawee County, child custody decisions are made based on the best interests of the child. The court considers factors such as the emotional ties between the child and parents, the parents’ ability to provide for the child’s needs, and the child’s adjustment to home, school, and community. Child support is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula, which takes into account both parents’ incomes and the amount of time the child spends with each parent.

Spousal Support
Spousal support, or alimony, may be awarded in some cases to help a lower-earning spouse maintain a reasonable standard of living post-divorce. The court considers factors such as the length of the marriage, the age and health of both parties and their respective earning capacities.


Resources for Divorce in Lenawee County

Legal Assistance
Navigating the legal complexities of divorce can be overwhelming. It’s advisable to seek the help of an experienced divorce attorney. At Stimpson & Associates, we specialize in family law and are here to help you through every step of the process. Contact us for a consultation.

Mediation Services
Mediation can be an effective way to resolve disputes amicably. The Lenawee County Friend of the Court offers mediation services to help parents reach agreements on custody and parenting time issues. For more information, visit the Lenawee County Friend of the Court website.

Support Groups and Counseling
Divorce can take an emotional toll on both adults and children. Local support groups and counseling services can provide the emotional support needed during this time. The Family Counseling and Children’s Services of Lenawee County offers various programs to help families navigate the challenges of divorce.

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Divorce is a significant life event that requires careful consideration and support. By understanding the process and utilizing the resources available in Lenawee County, you can navigate your divorce more smoothly. At Stimpson & Associates, we are committed to guiding you through this challenging time with compassion and expertise. For more information or to schedule a consultation, please visit our website or contact us directly.