According to data from the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, there were about 3,242 divorces and annulments in Oakland County, Michigan, in 2018. A divorce is among the most challenging, emotional, and stressful experiences any person can go through. Marriage dissolution can have a huge impact on your family, assets, children, and finances. Due to the legal and financial ramifications involved, it is crucial to ensure that your rights and best interests are well-protected.
If you are considering filing for a divorce or you're already amidst the divorce process, hiring an experienced Michigan family law attorney is important for detailed guidance. Attorney Steven L. Rotenberg is dedicated to offering experienced legal services and guiding individuals and families through the complexities of divorce proceedings. He can evaluate your unique circumstances and offer you the comprehensive legal counsel and advocacy you need to resolve matters of property division, spousal support, child custody, and child support, quickly and amicably.
Steven L. Rotenberg, PLLC, proudly serves clients throughout Bingham Farms, Pontiac, Monroe, Mount Clemens, and the greater Detroit, Michigan area.
In order to be eligible to file for divorce in Michigan, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least six months (180 days) before filing your divorce petition. Also, the person filing for divorce must have lived in the county where the complaint is filed for at least ten days prior to filing.
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This means that regardless of the party responsible for the marriage breakdown, a divorce will be granted. The party seeking divorce is only required to show that:
There has been an irreconcilable breakdown in the marriage.
There is no reasonable possibility of preserving the marriage.
In the state of Michigan, divorce is generally categorized into two – uncontested and contested divorce.
Divorce is said to be uncontested if both spouses are able to mutually agree on the important terms and provisions of the divorce settlement. In an uncontested divorce, matters such as asset division, alimony, child custody, child support, and parenting time, are resolved amicably and agreed upon. All terms agreed upon will be filed with the Michigan circuit court for official approval. An experienced lawyer can help protect your interests and keep the conversation productive.
Divorce is considered contested if the spouses are unable to mutually agree on one or more key terms of the divorce settlement. The Michigan court may be called upon to help resolve divorce issues or relationship differences. A hearing will be scheduled where both parties will be allowed to present their case. A judge will issue a final judgment through a divorce decree. A knowledgeable attorney can help present your case meticulously and improve your chances of receiving a favorable verdict.
The time it takes for a divorce to be finalized in Michigan often depends on the surrounding circumstances. In a marriage with no children involved, a divorce may be granted within 60 days. However, a six-month wait period is often required if children are involved. Also, if the other divorce matters are fiercely contested, it may take several months or even years to finalize the divorce.
Filing for divorce in Michigan involves several complicated processes. With heightened emotions and lots of misleading information out there, an individual going through a divorce can easily make irreversible mistakes without experienced representation. Therefore, when considering a divorce, it is important that you speak with an experienced family law attorney for detailed guidance and to help you navigate crucial decisions.
For over two decades, Attorney Steven L. Rotenberg has devoted his career to assisting and guiding clients in family law and divorce-related matters, including asset division, alimony, child custody, and support. As your legal counsel, he can review your personal situation and help you understand your available legal options. Attorney Steven L. Rotenberg will work diligently with all parties involved to negotiate a fair divorce settlement and settle relationship differences peacefully and productively. He will fight compassionately to protect your rights and family's best interests and help you move forward quickly.
If you are considering serving or have just been served with divorce papers, contact Steven L. Rotenberg, PLLC, today to schedule a case evaluation. Attorney Steven L. Rotenberg can offer you the experienced legal counsel and reliable advocacy you need to navigate key decisions in your divorce proceedings and help make the transition as seamless as possible. He proudly serves clients throughout Bingham Farms, Pontiac, Monroe, Mount Clemens, and the greater Detroit, Michigan area.