Assisting Individuals in Walker, Michigan with Resolving and Litigating their Divorce Matters
Divorce procedures under Michigan law can be difficult to navigate, and there are certain requirements which divorcing spouses must satisfy in full. Failing to satisfy these requirements can result in significant delays and costly expenses.
If you are contemplating or are in the midst of divorce proceedings, you need experienced legal help on your side. The skilled Walker divorce attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office can help you satisfy the legal requirements and make the process as streamlined as possible for you. Contact us today to see how we might be able to assist you with your divorce matter.
Divorce Residency Requirements
In order for spouses to be eligible to file a complaint for divorce in the State of Michigan, the spouses must first satisfy the residency requirements. In the majority of divorce cases, absent one limited exception, one of the spouses needs to have lived in Michigan for 180 days prior to the divorce — and in the county where the divorce complaint will be filed for at least 10 days prior to filing.
Once one of the spouses files a complaint for divorce, he or she must normally be served with process, just like in any other civil legal action.
Mandatory Waiting Time
Assuming that there are no minor children involved, the divorce cannot be granted by the court until a 60-day waiting time has expired. In the event the parties do have minor children, the divorce waiting period is typically six months.
Also, in cases where the woman wishes for her maiden name to be restored following the divorce, she can make that request in her initial complaint for divorce.
Grounds for Divorce in Michigan
Many states in the country allow for both fault and no-fault divorces. For example, in some states, a fault basis for divorce could include desertion or adultery. In the State of Michigan, however, the only legal ground for divorce is no-fault. The basis for a no-for divorce in Michigan is as follows:
- A breakdown of the marriage has occurred
- The breakdown has occurred to such an extent that the marriage bonds have been destroyed
- That because of the breakdown in the marriage relationship, there is no reasonable likelihood that the parties will be able to preserve their marriage or reconcile
It is important to keep in mind that the divorce does not become final until a judge has signed off on a decree of divorce.
Call a Walker Divorce Lawyer about Your Legal Proceedings Today
In addition to the divorce proceedings themselves, there are also many other issues — disputed and undisputed — that arise during divorce proceedings. These issues include child custody, child support, spousal support, and equitable distribution of marital assets.
If you are in the midst of divorce proceedings, you can rest assured that the skilled attorneys at the Van Den Heuvel Law Office will provide your legal matter with the full amount of time, care, and attention that it deserves.
To schedule a case evaluation and legal consultation with an experienced Walker divorce lawyer, contact us online today.