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Divorce 101

Updated: Jul 31, 2019

Considering a divorce?

Divorce is a delicate issue. While no one can make the decision for you, there are a few to things to keep in mind during the process.




What to Know

It is important to know the proper regulations in order to file for divorce. The legal definition of divorce requires that “There must be a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”


After you have deemed that your marriage cannot be preserved, it’s important to see if you have jurisdiction. On the date that the divorce is filed, at least one party must have resided in the state of Michigan for at least 180 days. They must also have resided in the county you are filing the divorce in for at least 10 days.


An Overview of the Divorce Process

Your attorney will guide you through the first steps in your divorce which would include: filing a summons, a compliant, filing fees, and a record of divorce or annulment. If you have minor children, or are in need of spousal support, there must be a verified statement filed and served to the other party which must be provided to the Friend of the Court.


Other Things to Keep in Mind

It’s important to disclose specific information with your attorney such as: if you or your significant other is pregnant, if you have any minor children, what property you have, if spousal support is necessary, if child support is necessary, if the custody of your children needs to be determined, or if you need a temporary restraining order against the other party. All of these are important factors in a divorce.


You're Not Alone in This......The Gracey Law Firm is Here for You

We understand the sensitive nature of family law issues, and the impact their resolution will have on you and your children. The Gracey Law Firm is founded on the principle that family law provides an essential service by protecting clients' legal rights while preserving meaningful family emotional connections.


Every aspect of divorce whether it is child custody, child visitation, child support, spousal support, property settlement or the division of assets are decisions that require experienced legal advice. We have the knowledge, expertise, and commitment to craft outcomes favorable to our clients. We are aware that divorce and other family law disputes affect the core structure of the family--relationships, ability to maintain income and lifestyle, emotional stability of each family member.


Don't hesitate to call the Gracey Law Firm for a free phone consultation (no commitment!) @ (248)-221-7726.

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