Forward Thinking Family Law Since 1994

Divorce

Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, but the term “no-fault” is misleading.

Fault isn’t a factor if the parties reach a settlement on all issues. However, if there are disputes about spousal support, property division, child support, parenting time, or custody, a judge may consider a party’s behavior in deciding how to settle the disputes.

Almost all divorce cases are settled, which means that the parties reach an agreement that is placed on the court record. Once recorded, an agreement is extremely difficult to change. Never agree to something you don’t understand or feel forced into. Your consent must be voluntary.

Divorce takes time

It’s never a good idea to rush a divorce. By law, a divorce cannot be granted in less than 60 days. In most cases, couples with minor children must wait six months. There are complex issues to sort through, and it takes time to reach a sound, fair decision that both parties accept.

While your divorce is pending, both sides define issues and try to resolve them. Much time goes into determining how to resolve parental issues, which may involve working with a mental health professional or evaluator. It may also include finding the net worth of each person, which could involve requesting financial statements or depositions.

To achieve the best outcome, it’s important for you to be completely candid and honest with your attorney. Remember, all conversations with your attorney are confidential. We need complete information to best represent you.

Steps in the divorce process

Bad Behavior by Either Spouse Before and During the Divorce

Caring for Yourself During and After Divorce

Computers and Divorce

Court Administration

Domestic Violence

Gray Divorce

Same Sex Marriage

Selecting a Divorce Lawyer

 

Limited Scope Representation

Limited scope representation allows you to pick and choose which services our attorneys provide. This form of representation works well for clients who have done quite a lot of research about divorce and can communicate effectively with their spouse.…

The Divorce Process

Every divorce follows basic legal steps. When we meet, we’ll explain how the process applies to your specific situation. The first step is deciding what process we will use to try to resolve your issues. Sometimes, it’s better to reach a settleme…

Resolving Disputes

Getting a divorce, no matter how simple or complex the situation may be, puts an emotional strain on everyone involved. Change can be unsettling Divorce often involves many unsettling changes to deal with: finding a new place to live, handling new fi…

Mediation

In a divorce trial today, no one really wins. More and more divorcing couples are discovering that “having their day in court” doesn’t bring the results they expected. Often, couples don’t have the opportunity to have their say, because the a…

Attorney-Assisted Mediation

Work with an attorney who is trained in mediation and fully understands the mediation process.   Much of our practice is mediating cases, and we recommend that our clients have their attorneys attend all mediation sessions, particularly when:  One…

Collaborative Practice

Collaborative practice focuses on reaching a settlement and reducing the time and costs involved in getting a divorce. Collaborative practice has two basic principles: a commitment not to use judicial decision-making, and the support of a professiona…

Negotiation

If a couple opts for an attorney-negotiated settlement, each party hires an attorney to represent them.  The parties negotiate what they can, and the attorneys negotiate with each other on the outstanding issues to reach a settlement, contacting the…

Arbitration

Arbitration is an alternative to a trial. In arbitration, both parties agree to appoint an attorney to settle outstanding issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time, and division of property. Arbitration works well f…

Litigation and Appeals

Almost no divorcing couple wants to end up in court, but sometimes need a judge to decide their issues. When circumstances indicate that a trial is the best option, you can rely on the courtroom skills of our attorneys to present your case in a thoug…