Women Filing For divorce In Michigan
Longton DW offers expertise and experience when representing Michigan women in divorce and other family law matters. You can eliminate the worry of what will happen to your children, your home, your possessions and your future when Longton DW represents you.
As a No Fault divorce state, in Michigan, there is no need to prove fault in order to go through with a divorce. With that being said, in the State of Michigan the reason in which a divorce is sought is not without merit. The grounds in which the divorce was sought can play a role in decisions the court makes such as child custody, spousal support and property rights. With Michigan being a No Fault state one part of the marital couple may seek separation/divorce without the feeling being mutual. A divorce can be granted even when one spouse does not want to be divorced.
The Divorce Process Simplified
In Michigan, a divorce starts with one party filing a Complaint for Divorce. This is a detailed summary that asks the court for consideration for a divorce as well as identifying other factors to be considered such as spousal support, child support & custody and the division of specific assets. This should be done in conjunction with an experienced divorce lawyer as it is important to make sure you are covered properly.
After the Complaint for Divorce is filed, the Plaintiff, the party asking for the divorce, will present the defendant with the Complaint for Divorce. This is a very specific action done in the divorce process to ensure that the defendant is aware that an action for divorce has been started. The defendant will have 21 days to file an answer to the complaint.
When minor children are involved there will be a meeting with Friend of the Court, within two months of Filing the Complaint where the parties meet for an Early Intervention Conference or EIC for short.
In Michigan the mandatory waiting period in divorce, even if uncontested is sixty days. This time frame is put into effect to ensure that both parties have had a fair amount of time to reflect on the decision to continue forth with the divorce. If there are minor children involved the period of reflection is expanded to one hundred eighty days.
During this time both parties will go through the divorce process including discovery and mediation. Discovery is where subpoenas, depositions, etc. are taken. Mediation is a time when the parties meet to discuss pieces of the divorce that they can agree on, motions and hearing the court weighs in on and more.
Your divorce will end when the court issues a Judgment of Divorce. This document outlines the division of assets, child support & custody arrangements, issues involving the children, financial asset distribution and other concerns that are now finalized. This is where the divorce is awarded.
Going through a divorce is not easy emotionally, physically or financially. It is in both parties best interest to have legal representation navigating the Michigan divorce process with them. At Longton DW we are prepared to advocate for women in divorce and are prepared to provide same-day service to assist you through the difficult time.