Oakland County Divorce Attorney
If you have reached a point in your marriage at which you know you cannot change your relationship to be the healthy, happy marriage it once was, it is time to file for divorce. Do not think of divorce as a personal failure; think of it as an opportunity to exit an unhealthy situation and move forward toward a happier chapter in your life.
Ending a Marriage in Michigan
Every state maintains specific requirements for couples considering ending their marriages. In Michigan, these requirements are:
- At least one of the partners must have lived in Michigan for six months or longer in order for one of them to file for divorce;
- The partner who files for divorce can file it with the circuit court of the county where he or she lives or the county where his or her spouse lives, if they are different; and
- In Michigan, the only ground for divorce a couple may cite is irreconcilable differences. All Michigan divorces are no-fault divorces.
Components of a Divorce Settlement
When the court finalizes your divorce, it enters its rulings through a document known as your divorce settlement. The settlement contains every order related to your divorce, which can include:
- A child custody order. This is the legal outline for the child’s time with each parent, including the parents’ individual responsibilities. It is developed according to what the court determines to be in the child’s best interest;
- A child support order. This is the legal order that requires one parent to make regular, specific payments to the other to help cover the costs of raising their children;
- A spousal support order. In some divorces, typically those ending marriages where one partner opts out of the workforce to care for the couple’s home and children, a spousal support order requires one spouse to make regular payments to the other to help him or her avoid financial hardship; and
- A property division order. This order is part of every divorce, regardless of the size of the couple’s marital estate or whether they reached their decisions amicably or through court intervention. Based on the principle of equitable distribution, this order is the breakdown of the couple’s marital assets.
You and your spouse have a few options for ending your marriage. Not all divorces are completed in the courtroom – if you can work together amicably, you can potentially negotiate your own divorce settlement.
Work with an Experienced Oakland County Divorce Attorney
When you are planning to file for divorce, you need to work with an experienced divorce attorney. A divorce attorney’s job is to promote his or her client’s interests and protect the client’s rights. Start working with experienced divorce attorney Paul Tafelski today by contacting our firm to set up your free legal consultation in our office. During your consultation, he can answer any questions you have and advise you about moving forward with your case.