The breakup of a marriage is a difficult experience. Our attorneys understand the difficulty of divorce and often assist with more than just the legal issues involved in divorce. We can also recommend books on divorce, divorce stress, and helping children involved in a divorce.

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This means you do not have to prove fault to get a divorce. However, the words “no fault” can be misleading, as a judge may consider fault in deciding spousal support, property, parenting time, or custody.

How quickly your divorce will be completed depends on many factors. When minor children are involved, a divorce cannot be finalized until six months after the complaint is filed. Even if there are no minor children, the process requires a minimum of 60 days. The time starts to count on the day the complaint is filed.

Most divorce cases are settled – the parties eventually reach an agreement, which is entered on the record as an order of the court. You should not agree to anything that you do not understand. After an agreement is placed on the record, as a general rule, it cannot be changed.

To ensure the best possible result in your matter, you should discuss the following topics with your attorney:

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