Experienced Michigan Divorce Lawyer Assisting Clients in West Bloomfield
When we make the decision to get married, we usually are not planning for the event of divorce. However, there are many reasons that marriages in Michigan do not work out, and in such circumstances, the parties decide that a divorce may be the best option. It is extremely important to have an experienced advocate on your side. Michigan divorce law can be very complicated, and you should not have to handle your divorce on your own. A divorce lawyer in West Bloomfield can speak with you today.
Distribution of Marital Property in West Bloomfield, MI
Michigan law (Chapter 552 of the Michigan Compiled Laws) makes clear that Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. As such, neither party needs to prove the other was at fault for the divorce. Once you have filed a complaint for divorce, the court will be able to move forward with your case. One of the first steps in a West Bloomfield divorce case is the distribution of marital property. You will be required to carefully catalogue all marital property—both assets and debts—that will be distributed based on a theory of equitable distribution.
Equitable distribution means that the court will divide marital assets and debts based upon what is fair, or equitable, to both of the parties.
Will I Be Entitled to Spousal Maintenance in West Bloomfield?
Many West Bloomfield residents have questions about spousal support, or alimony. Spousal support is not awarded in every divorce. While either party can request spousal maintenance, the court will have to decide whether such an award is appropriate to the parties’ circumstances. Typically, the court will consider many different factors in weighing whether it should award alimony, including but not limited to:
- Prior conduct of the parties;
- Length of the parties’ marriage;
- Needs of the parties;
- Education of the parties;
- Ability of a party to pay spousal support;
- Health of the parties;
- Ability of the parties to work; and
- Standard of living to which both parties became accustomed during the marriage.
If the court decides an award is appropriate, it will also look to those factors to determine an appropriate amount and length of the award.
How Does Child Custody Work in Michigan?
Often, child custody matters are among the most contentious in divorce cases. A set of guidelines from the Michigan Courts explains that child custody “refers to rights and responsibilities for each parent and child.” The court will make determinations about two different kinds of custody:
- Legal custody (or making important decisions about the child’s upbringing and well-being); and
- Physical custody (providing for the physical care of the child).
There are typically four different custody scenarios that the court can award:
- Joint legal and physical custody;
- Joint legal and sole physical custody;
- Sole legal custody and joint physical custody; and
- Sole legal and physical custody.
The court will look to many different factors that will help to determine what is in the best interests of the child when awarding custody. It is very important to work with a West Bloomfield divorce attorney throughout this complicated process.
Contact a Divorce Attorney in West Bloomfield, MI
At the law offices of Paul J. Tafelski, we know that divorce often is among the most difficult experiences that you will have to go through in your adult life. A dedicated West Bloomfield divorce attorney can help with your case. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you.