What Goes Into Divorce Proceedings?
Perhaps you’re considering a divorce. But what’s the actual divorce process? How soon will you be legally divorced? And what do you need to do to get there? The short answer is “it depends.” But there are some basic similarities between divorces in Michigan.
You’ve Decided To Seek A Divorce. Now What?
Contacting an attorney right away can help place you in a beneficial long-term situation. You won’t have to handle the paperwork or negotiation alone, and you’ll have the benefit of relying on an experienced team. This can be particularly helpful in cases involving a significant amount of assets.
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you can seek a divorce for asserting that the marriage is broken down (in the news, the term “irreconcilable differences” is often used).
Once you’ve filed for a divorce, Michigan has a mandatory 60-day waiting period for couples without minor children. For those with young kids, there’s generally a six-month waiting period.
What follows is a period of exchanging information regarding assets, debts and other important details. During this time, you and your soon-to-be ex-spouse can come to temporary agreements regarding custody and support.
This part of the process can be the most complicated, particularly if you have young children or significant assets under dispute.
Otherwise, you may be able to reach a final agreement and move forward without a trial. Trials may be necessary if there continue to be disagreements that cannot be fixed by mediation or negotiation. At a trial, you won’t face a jury. Just a judge who will listen and act in what he or she believes is the appropriate manner.
Working With An Experienced Lawyer Can Help You Exponentially
To learn more, schedule a free initial consultation by calling our Howell or Fowlerville office at 517-219-9301. You can also contact Gormley and Johnson Law Offices, PLC, online. We serve clients in Livingston County and surrounding areas, including Lansing/East Lansing and Brighton.