Bloomfield Township Divorce Attorney
When a marriage is no longer a healthy, happy relationship, divorce is often the best option for the couple and their children.
A divorce can be a contentious, drawn-out process, but it does not have to be. If the couple can cooperate with each other, mediation or a collaborative divorce are valid options. If you are considering divorce, discuss your divorce options with an experienced family lawyer. He or she can assess your situation and point you toward the most appropriate type of divorce for you and your spouse.
Getting Divorced in Michigan
Every state has different requirements for divorcing couples. Here are Michigan’s requirements:
- To file for divorce in Michigan, you or your spouse must have been a resident of the state for at least six months;
- You may file your divorce paperwork with the circuit court of the county where you live or with the circuit court of the county where your spouse lives if you live in separate counties; and
- All divorces are no-fault divorces. You cannot cite a reason for your divorce other than irreconcilable differences.
Components of a Divorce Settlement
In every divorce, the couple’s marital assets and debts are divided between them. In Michigan, they are divided according to the doctrine of equitable distribution, which means the court considers a set of factors about the couple’s lifestyle and individual needs to determine an appropriate, not necessarily equal, distribution plan.
If the couple has minor children, child support and child custody are also part of their divorce order. Like property division, child custody is determined by examining various facts about the couple’s lifestyle and the children’s needs, like the children’s specific academic needs and their relationships with each parent. Child support, on the other hand, is determined by state guidelines.
In some divorces, a spousal maintenance order is also part of the settlement. This is money one spouse pays to the other after the divorce to protect him or her from financial hardship. This can be paid for a specific duration or until the recipient remarries or dies.
Reaching an Appropriate Divorce Settlement
Your lawyer’s job is to protect your rights and promote your interests in order to help you reach an appropriate divorce settlement. Every divorce requires compromise on both partners’ parts. How much of a say you have in the compromises you make depends on whether you divorce through mediation, collaboration, or litigation.
Your lawyer is your advocate. Because many components of a divorce order are determined according to the couple’s individual needs, reaching a settlement that provides for your needs requires you to provide sufficient evidence to illustrate them. This could mean providing records of your income and assets to demonstrate your need for spousal maintenance or providing testimonies from your child’s teachers that discuss your day-to-day involvement in your child’s life.
Work with an Experienced Bloomfield Township Divorce Attorney
If you are considering ending your marriage, first schedule your free consultation with experienced divorce attorney Paul J. Tafelski. During your consultation, you will learn more about the divorce process and what you can expect from it with your specific circumstances.