Divorce can be a complex and emotionally challenging process, but having a clear understanding of Michigan’s divorce laws can help ease some of the stress. As experienced family law attorneys serving Michigan, we’re here to provide guidance every step of the way.

In Michigan to file for divorce at least one of the spouses must have lived in the state for at least 180 days before filing. Additionally, the divorce must be filed in the county where either spouse resides for at least the 10 days preceding the filing.

Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, meaning that neither spouse needs to prove fault or wrongdoing to obtain a divorce. Instead, the only grounds for divorce recognized in Michigan is that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.

When it comes to property division, Michigan follows the principle of equitable distribution, which means that marital property is divided fairly, but not necessarily equally, between the spouses. Marital property includes assets and debts acquired during the marriage, while separate property includes assets and debts acquired before the marriage or through inheritance or gift during the marriage.

Child custody and support are also significant considerations in Michigan divorces. The court will make decisions regarding child custody based on the best interests of the child, considering factors such as the child’s relationship with each parent, the child’s wishes (if they are old enough to express them), and each parent’s ability to provide for the child’s physical, emotional, and developmental needs.

Navigating divorce proceedings in Michigan can be complex, but with the guidance of experienced family law attorneys, you can protect your rights and achieve a favorable outcome. If you’re considering divorce or have questions about family law matters in Michigan, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for assistance.