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The basics of filing for divorce in Michigan courts

If you are considering filing for divorce in Michigan, you probably have a lot of questions about the process. You may be confused about the concept of a divorce lawsuit, or the initial filing process that initiates the dissolution of your marriage. Although some of these issues can seem fairly daunting, divorce does not have to be an ordeal in the Michigan court system. With the right legal team, you and your spouse can expedite your uncontested divorce, allowing you and your family members to move quickly into the future.

First, it is important to remember that both parties do not have to agree to the divorce in order for it to happen. One member of the couple can file a divorce complaint in a Michigan court even if the other objects. To file for divorce in Michigan, you must have lived in the state for at least 180 days. Further, you must have been a resident of the county in which the divorce is filed for at least 10 days.

After the filing is completed, residents must wait for 60 days before the divorce can be granted. Cases that involve minor children generally require a longer period of up to six months. During this time, parents can be working to develop a child custody agreement that fits both adults' preferences and needs. Although a judge must still weigh in on the child custody agreement -- and ultimately approve the plan -- both parties can work in advance to expedite the divorce process.

This article provides only a short summary of the divorce process in Michigan. Family attorneys can help couples who have additional questions about divorce legal issues, including spousal support, visitation plans and property disputes. A proactive approach can help your Michigan divorce proceed quickly and without major conflict.

Source: Michigan Courts, "Michigan Courts: Divorce" Aug. 27, 2014

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