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Experienced Grand Rapids Divorce Attorneys

The end of a marriage can be traumatic for both people involved. It is well recognized that a divorce, together with losing a job and moving a residence, is one of the most stressful events that a person can endure. Often, a change in job and a move in residence will accompany a divorce, making the divorce much more stressful. Studies show that the mental strain of a divorce can have detrimental physical effects on our lives and on our health.

At Scozzari Law, PLLC, having represented countless divorce clients, our attorneys understand the tremendous legal and personal upheaval that divorce proceedings can cause.

Schedule your initial consultation by calling 616-828-0687 today.

Filing For Divorce In Michigan

The residency requirements to file for divorce in Michigan have changed. There are, however, waiting requirements from the time of filing to the time the divorce is final, depending on the circumstances. Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that only one party needs to agree to the dissolution of the marriage and that a party may obtain a divorce simply by filing the requisite pleadings.

How Our Divorce Attorneys Can Help You

Despite the relative ease of obtaining the divorce itself, most courts will require that the family court issue a judgment of divorce, which is a final document that orders the appropriate custody of minor children, parenting time, child support and property division.

A proper judgment of divorce should anticipate future problems and provide an enforceable agreement by both parties as to how they will conduct themselves in the future with regard to the past relationship. Effective judgments require a thorough understanding of the law and of the effect of the agreement on your future rights. Let our experienced attorneys negotiate and write the judgment. We work closely with highly trained and trusted professionals, such as forensic accountants, child psychologists, business valuation specialists, guardians ad litem, tax specialists and appellate experts, who assist our team in complex cases.

We are advocates for our clients on many divorce issues, including:

With our help, you can confidently face the challenges of divorce.

What Does The Divorce Process Entail?

The divorce process begins with thorough preparation, where you gather all necessary documents detailing finances, property and any relevant information that may impact the case. This stage sets the groundwork for what follows. Once you’ve compiled your documents, you file a complaint with the court to initiate the proceedings. The duration of a divorce can vary; without children, you may expect a minimum 60-day waiting period in Michigan, but with children, this extends to at least 180 days.

The presence of children, disputes over assets and whether the divorce is contested can all lengthen the process and add layers of complexity. Navigating these intricacies calls for clear strategies, a proactive approach to negotiation and, if required, trial advocacy. Throughout, from filing to final judgment, precision in each step can significantly influence the outcome, particularly when custody or substantial assets are involved.

What Are The Residency Requirements For Divorce In Michigan?

In Michigan, before you can file for divorce, you need to meet specific residency requirements. You must have lived in the state for a minimum of 180 days immediately before filing. Additionally, you need to have resided in the county where you plan to file for at least 10 days. It’s not mandatory to file in the county where you currently live; you have the option to file in your spouse’s county of residence if that’s more practical for your situation.

If your spouse lives outside of Michigan, you can still file for divorce in the state, provided that you lived together in Michigan at some point and that you’ve been a Michigan resident for at least one year before filing. However, be aware that if your spouse has never lived in Michigan, the court’s power may be limited, especially concerning decisions on property division.

Contact Our Grand Rapids Divorce Attorneys

If you’re considering a divorce or have been served with a complaint for one, it is imperative that you act quickly. At Scozzari Law, PLLC, we provide prompt, free consultations with knowledgeable and experienced attorneys, and our discussions are always confidential. We will answer any questions you have and propose solutions to the many issues you will face in family court.

Contact us today by completing our online form or dialing 616-828-0687.