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Divorcing in Michigan with no children

It is certainly true that marriages involving children can be complicated and lengthy affairs, but there are times when a childless divorce can be complex as well. It is all a matter of perspective for couples contemplating a divorce. Sometimes, the split is relatively easy and somewhat amicable, but other times, a plethora of marital elements can make a childless divorce as much a nightmare as a divorce involving children. Here is why most people choose to work with an attorney when a childless divorce turns messy.

Many elements can make it difficult to get divorced, even if you have no children to consider. For example, couples who were married for a long time and share many assets and debts might benefit from acquiring separate attorneys. Here are a few other reasons to ditch the notion of divorcing without lawyers.

-- You and your spouse own real estate jointly-- One of you will likely need spousal support-- The marriage had elements of abuse-- You and your spouse cannot reach an agreement on your own-- You have shared assets or pension plans to consider-- You have shared debt to think about-- One of you has serious health issues-- You and your spouse own one or more businesses jointly

Even with the complications listed above, it is still possible to get a divorce without relying on attorneys, but it is wiser and safer to protect yourself during all phases of the divorce. It is not a sign of failure to turn to a divorce lawyer; rather it shows that you and your spouse are smart and confident enough to know how to handle your separate lives going forward.

Source: Michigan Legal Help, "I Need a Divorce and I Do Not Have Minor Children" Dec. 09, 2014

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