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What is a no-fault divorce?

Marriages end for many reasons. While some Michigan couples may stay with their partners until the ends of their lives, others may elect to terminate their marital relationships through the divorce. When two people go through and complete a divorce, they are no longer legally bound to each other though they may share in post-marital responsibilities, such as the custody and support of their kids.

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means that individuals do not have to show that their spouses did something wrong to bring about the ends of their marriages. In some jurisdictions in the past, individuals had to show that their spouses had engaged in adultery, had committed crimes, or had undertaken other wrongful acts in order to be allowed to end their relationships.

A person who wishes to get a divorce in Michigan must only plead that their marriage to their spouse is irretrievable broken. While individuals do not have to prove fault to get divorced, they do have to satisfy residency requirements to be permitted to litigate their divorces in the state. Generally, a person must live in Michigan for at least 180 days before they or their spouse can file for divorce in the state's courts.

Individuals who want to end their marriages do not have to air their marital dramas before the courts of the state in order to get divorced. No-fault divorces are common and accepted throughout the nation, and Michigan residents can pursue them when they meet the other divorce requirements that the state has established by law. To learn more about divorce, readers should talk to their trusted family law and divorce attorneys.

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