Rockford Divorce Attorneys
The decision to end your marriage and get a divorce is almost always a difficult one. If you have spent a significant amount of time with your spouse, you may have intertwined nearly every aspect of your lives and may be uncertain as to what single life is going to be like. In addition, you may be experiencing significant uncertainty about how your divorce will affect your personal life, your ability to see your children, your finances, and where you will live.
With so much going on, the last thing that you probably want to hear is that getting divorced can be an extremely complicated legal matter. For example, if you are seeking spousal maintenance, the amount that you receive (if you are awarded maintenance at all) depends on various factors, including the length of your marriage and the standard of living that you established during your marriage. While this all may see overwhelming, the divorce lawyers of the Van Den Heuvel Law Office are here to help you navigate the process and protect your rights.
Divorce in Rockford, Michigan
If you want to separate from your spouse, you can divorce, get an annulment, or file for a separation of maintenance. More information about these options is listed below. To learn more about these options, call our office today.
- Divorce – Because Michigan law recognizes no-fault divorce, neither party is required to establish marital misconduct (often referred to as “grounds for divorce”) in order to dissolve their marriage. It is sufficient for the party seeking the divorce to state that the marriage has broken down and that they wish to end it. It is important to note, however, that marital misconduct can still have an effect on the way that issues like the division of property, child custody, and alimony are resolved.
- Annulment – Seeking an annulment means asking to the court to determine that there was no valid marriage in the first place. If the court grants the annulment, it will make it as if the marriage never occurred in the eyes of the law. Common reasons that people may seek an annulment include that one of the spouses did not have the mental capacity to consent at the time the marriage took place or that one of the spouses was already legally married to another person.
- Separate Maintenance – Separate maintenance can be thought of as a divorce that does not end the marriage. After a judgment of separate maintenance, the spouses are treated as legally distinct when it comes to issues like child custody and their finances, but are still considered married. This arrangement is often sought by people who have religious objections to divorce. In some cases, it may be used to keep a person on their spouse’s health insurance plan, but it is important to check the insurance policy to make sure this is allowed before pursuing this option.
Call a Rockford, Michigan Divorce Attorney Today to Retain Legal Representation
If you think that a divorce may be in your future, you should speak with a lawyer as soon as you can. In many cases, the representation of a skilled Rockford divorce lawyer can have a significant impact on the outcome of your case. To schedule a consultation with one of our lawyers, call the Van Den Heuvel Law Office today at 616-698-0000.