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How do I prepare for a divorce in Michigan?

On Behalf of | Jul 5, 2023 | Divorce

If you are thinking about getting a divorce, you may have many questions and concerns. Michigan divorce can be a stressful and complicated process, especially if you have children, assets or debts to deal with.

What are the requirements in Michigan?

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means you don’t have to argue that either you or your spouse did anything wrong. You only need to show that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship and that there is no reasonable chance of reconciliation.

However, fault may still be considered by the court when deciding on issues such as spousal support, property division and child custody.

How can I prepare?

If you are planning to get a divorce in Michigan, there are some steps you can take to prepare yourself.

Gather important documents. You will need to collect documents that show your income, assets, debts, expenses, tax returns, bank statements, credit card statements, mortgage statements, retirement accounts, insurance policies, etc.

These documents will help you determine your financial situation and your rights and obligations in a divorce.

Consider mediation or collaborative divorce

If you and your spouse can communicate and cooperate, you may want to consider alternative dispute resolution methods, such as mediation or Collaborative Divorce.

These methods involve working with a neutral third party or a team of professionals to reach a mutually acceptable agreement on the issues of your divorce. These methods can save you time, money and stress.

Take care of yourself

Divorce can be an emotionally and physically draining process, so it is important to take care of yourself during this time. Engage in activities that make you happy and healthy, such as exercise, hobbies or volunteering. Giordano Law can also put you in touch with a number of different resources to help you with the transition, such as therapists and financial advisors.  Avoid engaging in negative behaviors, such as substance abuse, excessive spending or revenge.  Overall, remember to take care of yourself the best you can and know that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.