As many couples in Michigan know, marriage is not necessarily forever. No matter how close you and your spouse were to begin with, things can change and you may eventually find that you are no longer happy together. Of course, there is no shame in this. However, it may be time to start thinking about divorce and the decisions that go with it.
These decisions include figuring out who will have custody of your children and what sort of visitation arrangements you will put in place. You will also need to decide whether either of you will make alimony payments to the other. Furthermore, you will also need to figure out a way to divide up any property you own. If you cannot come to an agreement, the matter will go to the court.
In Michigan, the court's decision will be influenced by the relative situations of you and your spouse. This is because the state follows the practice of equitable distribution, as this article on property division mentions. This means, on the simplest level, that if one spouse earns more, they might receive a greater portion of the marital property on the grounds that they may have made a greater contribution to it.
It is unhealthy to stay in an unhappy relationship, and you and your spouse both deserve a chance to pursue a more positive future. It may seem like a lot to deal with, particularly if you are not familiar with the relevant legislation, but you do not need to handle your divorce alone. An attorney may be able to support you through the process and help you to secure a fair and favorable resolution as you prepare to move on with your life.