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Understanding Michigan Divorce
Divorce Basics
Must Live in Michigan 

Under Michigan law, to get divorced, one of the spouses must be living in Michigan for at least 180 days before starting the case. Getting divorced is a lot more complicated than getting married, and it can take several months before your divorce is final.


In Michigan the only requirement for divorce, is that the marriage be “irretrievably broken.”

Michigan is considered a “no fault state” which means that the reasons for the divorce are not important with regards to actually getting divorced, even though those reasons may affect other issues within the divorce.

Resolving issues during divorce

Before a divorce may be granted, five basic issues typically must be resolved. They are:

  Alimony/ or support for the spouse
  Property and debt division
  Child custody
  Visitation/parenting time
  Child support

If the spouses can reach agreement on these issues, then the divorce is uncontested. If, however, the spouses cannot agree, the divorce is contested. Any issues that have not been resolved by agreement will be tried before a judge.

Legal Separation

There is no "legal separation," in Michigan. You do not have to get court permission to live apart from your spouse. It is legal to live apart from your spouse.
Child Custody Basics
When deciding which parent gets custody in a divorce case, the "best interests of the child" are paramount in deciding which parent the child will live with. FACTORS. Michigan Child Custody Act. MCL 722.23 sec. stated below in Michigan Child Custody Act ; 


(a) The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.

(b) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any.

(c) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs.

(d) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.

(e) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.

(f) The moral fitness of the parties involved.

(g) The mental and physical health of the parties involved.

(h) The home, school, and community record of the child.

(i) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference.

(j) The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents.

(k) Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.

(l) Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.


If your divorce or paternity case will include a custody dispute, make sure you have a knowledgeable attorney on your side to protect your rights. Call our family lawyers today. 
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