Divorce is the legal dissolution of a valid marriage by a court. Michigan is known as a ‘no-fault’ divorce state. Instead, Michigan has one ground for divorce, which is as follows: 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.

What to Expect in a Michigan Divorce

Just as each marriage is unique, so is each divorce. Some couples are able to agree about most matters regarding their divorce and can settle the matter in a relatively quick way without going to court. For other couples, however, disputes arise that require the case to go to trial. The attorneys at Robbins & Licavoli, PLLC, have experience handling a wide range of divorce cases, and they can make recommendations for how to achieve the best outcome in your situation.

After a settlement is reached and/or the case is tried, a Judgment of Divorce will be entered by the court, as your final decree, granting you a divorce. It will also contain clauses addressing such matters as spousal support/alimony, custody, child support, parenting time/visitation, insurance, dower rights, property settlement, and other miscellaneous clauses.

Factors to Consider During Divorce

Even when both spouses agree to end the marriage, a number of other factors can complicate the process. Despite Michigan being a ‘no-fault’ divorce state, fault may become a factor should issues such as child support, spousal support/alimony, and/or division of marital property become disputed. Something as common as moving to accept a new job could require a modification to your child custody or parenting time agreements.

Accordingly, it is important to consult an attorney in order to protect your rights during and after your divorce.

Take Action to Protect Your Rights During Divorce

Divorce is an emotional and often contentious process. If you are considering divorce, seeking legal representation early in the process can help you explore all options available to you. Having an experienced and dedicated divorce attorney represent you can help reduce the stress and ensure your rights are protected. At Robbins & Licavoli, PLLC, we provide compassionate legal representation to help you with all your Michigan family law needs. Contact our office today, or complete our online contact form, to set up a consultation.

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