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Because of the personal nature of Michigan divorce and family law, choosing the right lawyer is important. You want an attorney who understands both the financial and emotional side of your case: someone you can trust to guide you through your divorce and protect what is most important to you. Call us for a consultation so you can see for yourself whether speaks with our law firm is the right firm for you.
Contested divorces can take more than 6 months to be resolved. In this situation, spouses disagree about any of these things:
Whether to get a divorce
Where the children should live
Where a companion animal should live
How much child support should be paid
How property should be split up
Who should pay certain debts
Whether "maintenance" or spousal support (alimony) should be paid
An uncontested divorce occurs when: (a) there are no disputes or disagreements between you and your spouse over any financial or divorce-related issues (i.e., child custody and support, division of marital property or spousal support); and (b) your spouse either agrees to the divorce or fails to to file a formal response with divorce court. More clear that all factors, i.e. marital home, assets, debts, custody, visitation, alimony, child support, even the family dog, have been amicably resolved between the Husband and Wife.
High Net Worth Divorce
Divorce cases can become incredibly complex when one or both spouses earn a large income or own valuable property. We work with spouses who have a high net worth to help them fully understand the issues involved in identifying and dividing marital assets (including real estate, vehicles, valuable jewelry or artwork, investment accounts, and inheritances) and determining the correct amount of spousal support (alimony) and child support.
If you are considering a divorce or have been served with divorce papers, it is important to retain the services of an experienced Michigan divorce attorney to protect your rights and provide you with the necessary legal counsel during the divorce proceedings.
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Safeguarding Your Interests During Michigan Divorce
Do I need a legal reason to get a divorce in Michigan? No
Michigan has “no fault” divorce which means you don’t need to give a specific reason to get a divorce.The only reason you need is that you and your spouse cannot get along, and you see no way of settling your problems. The law calls this "irreconcilable differences".
How do I start a divorce?
If you have lived in Michigan for at least 180 days you can file for divorce. You can file for divorce in the county where you live or the county where your spouse lives, if different. If you used to live in Michigan but moved away, you must live here again for at least 180 days before you can file here.
Do Not Move Out if You Have Children
If you moved out of your home, move back in as soon as possible. Once you move out, you may ruin your chance at custody.
Tell your spouse that he or she is welcome to leave the home, but the children must stay.
Ways to Protect Yourself Financially
Cancel Joint Credit Cards
Safeguard Joint Bank Accounts
Cut Back on Expenses
Don’t Contribute to Your Retirement Accounts
Ways to Protect Yourself Personally
Do Not Sign ANY Documents without properly consulting a divorce professional. Many people make the mistake of signing papers that later cause property and custody battles to be decided against them. Some documents cannot be modified by an attorney later.
If your spouse asks for your signature, respond politely by saying your attorney has told you not to sign anything until he or she reviews the document.
Our Michigan Divorce Lawyers represent individual in Divorce and related family issues in all counties that are within the State of Michigan including Detroit, Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Ann Arbor, Allen Park, Albion, Lincoln Park, Brighton, Howell, Saline, Monroe, Blissfield, Romulus, Southgate, Wyandotte, Livonia, Dearborn, Westland, Lansing, East Lansing, Okemos, Warren, Sterling Heights, Roseville, Eastpointe, Warren, Oak Park, Hillsdale, Inkster, Ferndale, Hazel Park, Whitmore Lake, Plymouth, Farmington, Trenton, Flat Rock, Tecumseh, Clinton, Chelsea, Novi, Garden City, Inkster, Taylor, Livonia, Redford, Southfield, Troy, Northville, South Lyon, Milan, Brooklyn, Melvyndale, Ecorse, Belleville, Canton, Wayne County, Oakland County,Washtenaw County, Monroe County, Macomb County. The information contained herein is not legal advice. Any information you submit to us may not be protected by attorney-client privilege. An attorney responsible for the content of this Site is M. Zaher, Esq., licensed in the State of Michigan with offices at 18551 W. Warren Ave., Detroit, MI. 48228. All or some photos shown depict models and may not be actual attorneys or clients. We are expressly disclaim all liability in respect to actions taken or not taken based on any or all the contents of this website. We reserve the right , at our sole discretion, to change, suspend, or discontinue all or any part of this website or the content at any time without prior notice or liability.
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We provide quality legal representation in all types of Michigan divorce, including:
High net worth divorce
Divorce for long-term marriages
Divorce for short-term marriages
PROTECTING YOUR PARENTAL RIGHTS
Michigan courts make time-sharing determinations based on the best interests of the child.
Time sharing and parental responsibility disputes can be extremely emotional and contentious, and studies have shown that prolonged custody disputes can be very detrimental to a child’s psychological health.
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ADVOCATING FOR THE BEST INTERESTS OF YOUR CHILD
In making time-sharing determinations, Michigan family court courts usually begin with the presumption that time sharing will be divided equally between the parents. Each party is then given an opportunity to present reasons why this presumption should be altered. Michigan courts make time-sharing determinations based on the best interests of the child.
These courts are required to consider many statutory factors when making a decision. Those factors can include any or all of the following:
- Each parent’s capacity to provide care for the child, honor the time-sharing schedule and be reasonable when changes are unavoidable
- The anticipated division of parental responsibilities
- Each parent’s ability to determine, consider, and act upon the needs of the child as opposed to the needs or desires of the parent
- The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity
- The geographic viability of the parenting plan
- The moral fitness of the parents
- The mental and physical health of the parents
- The home, school, and community record of the child
- The reasonable preference of the child, if the court deems the child to be of sufficient intelligence, understanding, and experience to express a preference
- Each parent’s ability and willingness to remain informed regarding the child’s friends, teachers, medical care providers, daily activities, and preferences
- Each parent’s ability and willingness to provide a consistent routine for the child regarding discipline, homework, meals and bedtime
- Each parent’s communication the other parent and willingness to adopt a unified front on all major issues when dealing with the child
- Evidence of domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment, or child neglect
- Evidence that either parent has knowingly provided false information to the court regarding any prior or pending action regarding domestic violence, sexual violence, child abuse, child abandonment or child neglect
- The particular parenting tasks customarily performed by each parent and the division of parental responsibilities, including the extent to which parenting responsibilities were undertaken by third parties
- Each parent’s involvement in the child’s school and extracurricular activities
Instances of substance abuse
- The capacity and disposition of each parent to protect the child from the ongoing litigation as demonstrated by not discussing the litigation with the child, not sharing documents or electronic media related to the litigation with the child, and refraining from disparaging comments about the other parent to the child
-The developmental stages and needs of the child and each parent’s ability to meet the child’s developmental needs
Any other factor that is relevant to the determination of a specific parenting plan, including the time-sharing schedule
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