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Do you have to prove anything to file for divorce in Michigan?

When it comes to divorce in Clinton Township people will almost always have a lot of questions. Everyone experiences different situations in divorce and everyone will go through their own struggles depending on their personal set of circumstances. However, one common question people in Michigan have regarding divorce is: “Do I have to prove anything to get a divorce?”

According to MichiganLegalHelp.org, Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. That means that you do not have to prove anything when you file for divorce, including things like abandonment, abuse or even infidelity. The only stipulation for filing for divorce in Michigan is that your marital relationship must be broken down with the objects of matrimony destroyed and there is no reason to believe that they can be repaired. In other words, if there is very little chance you can repair the damage and work things out then you can file for divorce.

Even if your spouse does not agree with your filing or your reasons for seeking a divorce, it does not matter. You can still file for divorce. In fact, even if your actions were the reason that the marriage is in trouble you can still seek a divorce. You can also file for divorce while you are still living together and you don’t need a legal separation.

However, when it comes to dividing property, a judge can use fault to determine who gets what. In other words, if you and your spouse can’t agree on how to split things up then a judge can use the bad behavior of either or both parties as a determining factor for dividing the property. While this information might be helpful, it should not be considered as legal advice.

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