Filing for divorce is often cited as one of the most stressful experiences of a person’s life, and navigating the process of a Michigan divorce on your own can be incredibly overwhelming. In Grand Rapids, the experienced divorce attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office are here to provide top-quality legal representation for you during this difficult time. For more information about the wide scope of legal services available to our clients considering a divorce, call or contact our office now. Schedule a free consultation today with an expert in Michigan divorce law at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office.
Filing for divorce in Michigan is far more complex than submitting a petition to the court. You and your spouse must come to an agreement on a number of issues before your divorce can be finalized. If you cannot agree on certain items, it may require taking your case to trial. Some of the most common legal issues we help negotiate and litigate in Michigan divorce cases include the following:
Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means that all marital property must be divided equitably, but not necessarily equally, in a divorce. Depending on the facts of your case, you could be entitled to more than half of the marital assets or your spouse could be responsible for covering a majority of the marital debts. We fight to ensure that you walk away from the marriage with everything that you deserve.
In many divorce cases, one spouse makes more income than the other and in many households, one spouse might even step away from the workforce altogether in order to care for the home and family. When a couple divorces in Michigan where one spouse is financially dependent on the other, the court may order the payment of spousal support during and after the divorce in order to help the less wealthy spouse while he or she becomes financially independent.
Often one of the most emotional and difficult aspects of a divorce is determining the custody situation of a child. This involves both physical and legal custody, either as sole or joint custody between parents. The noncustodial parent may also be entitled to visitation rights, and a full timesharing schedule must be agreed to prior to finalizing a divorce.
A child should have the same standard of living regardless of which parent the child stays with, and the payment of child support from one parent to the other ensures that all of the child’s needs are cared for. We work to ensure that the amount of child support paid is exactly what the child needs to maintain their standard of living.
Divorce in Michigan can be a complicated and emotionally fraught time in your life, but you do not have to go through this process alone. To learn more about how our highly qualified divorce attorneys can help in your case, call or contact the Van Den Heuvel Law Office in Grand Rapids today to schedule a free consultation of your case.