Divorce in Michigan
Contested or uncontested, many children or none, my practice includes all manner of divorce proceedings. Divorce is a trying, difficult experience for most people. My aim as your legal advocate in a divorce proceeding is to educate, advise and assist you in making the wisest decisions possible, because those decisions may impact the rest of your life.
What is divorce?
A divorce proceeding begins with the filing of a Complaint for Divorce. The person filing the complaint is seeking the permanent legal severing of the marriage contract existing between the parties.
What if I don't want to be divorced from my spouse?
Unfortunately, only one party to a marriage must allege to the Court that there has been a "breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved." A party to a divorce proceeding that does not want to be divorced can bring this information to light early on in the process, but it will not permanently prevent the process from occuring. While the Court may order the parties to attend marital or similar counseling, eventually the individual seeking the end of the marriage will be granted a divorce by the Court.
I have been served with divorce paperwork, what is my next step?
Your next step is to contact family law attorneys within reasonable travel distance to arrange for one or more consultations. Most, if not all, family law attorneys offer free initial consultations with prospective clients. Not all family law clients are the right match for all family law attorneys. You should meet and speak with an attorney before you hire them.