As many couples in Michigan know, marriages do not always last forever. As much as you and your spouse may have originally hoped to stay together forever, sometimes things change. You may simply grow apart or over time you may discover that your interests are not as well-matched as you had once thought. In other cases one partner may be unfaithful or do something which the other partner is unable to come to terms with. Whatever the case, if you are no longer happy in your marriage, divorce may be the logical next step.
Of course, there are several matters to consider when planning a divorce. Child support and custody are particularly significant issues, as can be the matter of spousal support. However, one of the main matters that affects more or less all divorcing couples is the division of marital property. This is handled differently from state to state, but in Michigan courts typically use a system of equitable distribution.
As this article on property division explains, this means that, unlike community property states where assets are simply divided in two, the judge needs to determine the fairest way to split a couple's property. This decision is generally based on a number of factors, including the earnings of each spouse and their perceived contribution to the marital property.
Divorce legislation can be complicated to navigate without experience, so it may seem like a daunting undertaking. Fortunately there is support available. An attorney may be able to guide you through the process and help to ensure that you receive your fair share of the marital property.