Filing for divorce can be a difficult decision to make. Michigan is considered a "no-fault" state. This means that you do not need a reason to file for divorce other than there was dissolution of the marriage. In order to file in Michigan, you must have had residency for at least six months. The divorce can be filed in the county where you and/or your spouse lives.
There are two different forms of divorce: uncontested and contested. In an uncontested divorce, both parties have discussed filing and have reached a resolution. A divorce lawyer may be used for services including division of assets, alimony, and/or child support. In these cases, we will draft an agreement that reflects those decisions. Contested divorces, on the other hand, occur when one party has not discussed filing with their spouse. Division of assets and other terms have not been agreed to. Although in certain instances litigation and trial may be necessary to reach a resolution, many times a divorce lawyer can settle the divorce outside the courtroom. Our divorce attorneys stand behind you through this difficult time, whether you need a simple settlement agreement or if mediation and litigation is required.
It's important to realize that there are waiting periods for divorce. If children were not a result of the marriage, and no children are currently expected, the finalization of the divorce can take sixty (60) days. However, the period is much longer if minors are involved. It may take six (6) months for a divorce to be finalized. The time period increases if parties are fighting over assets and custody. Divorce Attorney Conrad Vincent is able to assist those considering both forms of divorce and will work with you to obtain the best possible outcome.