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Going through a divorce can be a stressful, emotional and intimidating process. If you and your spouse are in the process of divorcing, you may wish to have a Detroit divorce lawyer to guide you through process.

Michigan divorce laws may influence issues like alimony, child custody and property division in your divorce case. A local attorney can help you fight for what is most important to you.

Connecting with a local Detroit attorney is easy. Use the case review form below to speak with a lawyer near you and arrange your initial consultation today.

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Michigan Divorce Laws in Detroit

Each state has its own divorce laws that all cases in that state must follow. Detroit divorces are typically filed in the Wayne County courthouse, and are decided in part by the following Michigan divorce laws:

  • Residency requirements: One spouse must be a resident of the state of Michigan for 180 days prior to filing, and must live in the county in which the divorce papers are filed for at least 10 days prior to filing.
  • Waiting periods: Michigan requires a 60-day waiting period after the divorce petition is filed before a divorce decree will be granted. This may be extended to 6 months if minor children are involved.
  • Grounds for divorce: Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. The only reason required for, and recognized in, a divorce is " breakdown of the marriage relationship" that cannot be repaired.
  • Property division: Michigan laws require equitable distribution of assets and debts. The court will allow a couple to reach their own agreement, or will divide property in a way that it considers to be "fair" to each party.

Other issues that are typically decided in a divorce, such as alimony and child custody, are influenced by a number of factors and are decided on a case-by-case basis.

If these issues are important to you and your future, you may wish to have an attorney work through your case with you.

Questions? Ask a Detroit Divorce Lawyer Today

If you have questions about how to proceed in your divorce case, you can get answers from a local divorce attorney. A Detroit family law attorney who is familiar with Michigan laws can help you determine if you meet certain requirements, and how quickly you may be able to finalize your divorce.

Connecting with a local lawyer is easy. Simply use the case review form below to arrange a consultation with a divorce attorney today.

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Laws may have changed since our last update. This is for informational purposes and is not legal advice. Speak to a local divorce attorney for legal advice about your particular situation.