Divorce should be taken lightly, but it is also not an option that people should be afraid of simply because of a social stigma. We live in a society with a relatively large divorce rate, and while many people view this as a bad thing, the truth is that divorce is not inherently bad. In fact, it is much better for a couple to legally split while they are still on good terms than to stay in an unhappy marriage until one or both members of the marriage is miserable with the arrangement.
Once you decide that divorce is the right option for you and your family, it is important that you consult with an attorney as soon as possible. Divorce is a complex and lengthy process, and there are many aspects of divorce that you may not be aware of. Division of property, child custody and spousal support are just a few of the issues that will need to be addressed during the divorce, and an attorney can help you gain a better idea of what you can expect from the proceedings.
If you file for divorce in Michigan, there is a minimum waiting period of 180 days if the divorcing couple had children together. This waiting period still exists for non-parental couples, but it is shortened to only 60 days. What this means is that regardless of your circumstances, a divorce will take approximately two months at the minimum, or nearly six months for parents.
Because divorce can be so long and complex, it is inadvisable for divorcing couples to go through the process on their own. Please visit our web page to learn how we can help you better understand the divorce process and how your unique circumstances may affect the proceedings.