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Filing for divorce: What does it mean?

Getting a divorce in Michigan is a legal process. If you are certain that you want to divorce your spouse, you may file a petition with the court to begin the proceedings.

According to FindLaw, this divorce petition requires some personal information, including the following:

  • Identification of you, your spouse and children if you have any
  • Statement that you have lived in Michigan for the requisite amount of time before filing
  • The grounds for your divorce
  • Your preferences for property division, child custody and support, alimony and other related issues

After you file your petition with the district court, your spouse has to receive a copy, which must be delivered legally according to the laws of Michigan for service. If you have an absent spouse, you may have to publish the notice for the required length of time, instead.

Sometimes, divorces drag on for months, or even years, when couples cannot agree and they engage in a court battle. You do not have to wait until the divorce is final to have some things resolved. In your petition, you can request temporary custody arrangements, parenting schedule, and child and spousal support, as well as other issues that would otherwise be up in the air until you receive the official court order.

This information about the process of filing for divorce is general in nature. Although it may give you an idea of what to expect as you proceed, it should not be interpreted as legal advice, or replace the counsel of an attorney.

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