As most couples in Michigan know, marriages do not always last forever. All kinds of factors can put pressure on your relationship and over time, you and your spouse may find that you are no longer as close as you once were. There is no shame in this and in fact it is often healthier to consider divorce and a fresh start than to remain in a situation where you are unhappy.
Once you have made this decision, the next step is to begin figuring out how you and your spouse are going to settle important matters such as child custody, spousal support and the division of your assets. This can take time as you may find that you have more shared property than you realize or that certain items have greater sentimental value to each of you than you expected.
If you cannot reach a decision, the matter may have to go to the court, at which point it will be settled according to the state's property division laws. While formerly in Michigan only heterosexual marriages were recognized, a Supreme Court ruling legalizing same-sex marriages throughout the U.S. means that divorce in Michigan has also been opened up to same-sex couples.
Having the freedom to decide how you want to live your life and with whom is a valuable thing, so do not be deterred from divorce simply because you are worried about negative stigmas. Your happiness is important and divorce could be the steppingstone to a happier future.
It can seem like a lot to take in and a huge amount to plan, but it is not something you need to go through unaided. An attorney can oversee the divorce process and may be able to help you reach a fair and favorable settlement as you begin the next chapter of your life.
Source: Forbes, "Tax, Estate Planning, Benefits Opportunities After Supreme Court's Same-Sex Marriage Decision," Ashlea Ebeling, June 26, 2015