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Some of the things you will discuss when you meet with Robert Menders
WHAT TO DO BEFORE FILING FOR DIVORCE
It may be tempting to rush out and file the paperwork to start the divorce process, specifically the Summons and Complaint, without taking any precautionary steps. However, preparing for a divorce can eliminate many issues moving forward, leading to less tension among the parties and a greater possibility of settlement. It is likely that you and your spouse agree that the marriage is over and may be able to reach a settlement on many issues without needing the intervention of the court. The more you can decide before filing for divorce, the faster you will conclude the action and move on with your lives.
If the parties cannot reach a resolution on these matters, then the judge will address them during a contested divorce proceeding.
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DURING THE DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS
The divorce proceedings may be as easy as the parties agreeing to a separation of all property and a resolution of all issues, which can then be presented to the court for an order of the court making this the Judgment of Divorce that will control going forward. However, if the parties are not in agreement then the divorce action may extend over a longer period of time. In Michigan, there are recommendations that a divorce action not involving children is resolved within nine (9) months and an action where there are children is closed within one year. Keep in mind that the judge will set schedules to meet these goals to the fullest extent possible.
AFTER THE FINAL JUDGMENT
After the divorce, the parties may never need to reexamine the decree. However, if there is a change in circumstances or a need for enforcement of a judgment, then it may be necessary to go back to the court for a modification or other judicial remedy.
There are two types of divorce typically filed in Michigan
When a breakdown in a marital relationship occurs, and one or both of the spouses decides they want to end the marriage, they typically will seek qualified counsel, who will advise them that Michigan is a “No Fault Divorce Jurisdiction,” which basically means that either party can terminate the marriage without cause or the fault of the other party. Simply put, if any party to a marriage wants out for any reason, the Judge assigned is obligated to grant a Judgment of Divorce.