Forward Thinking Family Law Since 1994

Michigan Divorce Law Firm Serving Families in Ann Arbor and Surrounding Communities

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 Puts You in Control of Your Family Law Case Not every family needs, wants, or can afford to have an attorney managing their divorce or child custody matter every step of the way. If you are looking for a more cost-effecti… Read More

The Divorce Process

The Divorce Process Every divorce follows basic legal steps. When we meet, we’ll explain how the process applies to your specific situation.  First Step to Filing for Divorce The first step to filing for divorce is deciding what process we will us… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More

Collaborative Practice

When couples aren’t looking for a fight, collaborative divorce focuses on settlement, instead of winning. Many Michigan couples today know that life carries on after divorce. By focusing on settlement and conflict resolution instead of litigation,… Read More

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… Read More

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… Read More
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Litigation and Appeals

Litigation and Appeals Filing a Complaint for Divorce in Michigan starts a months-long litigation process that includes exchanges of information, motions, mediations, informal negotiations, and ultimately the divorce trial. Knowing this process can help you make better dec… Read More