A Michigan divorce, or dissolution of marriage, can be filed by either spouse to end the marital relationship. Upon completion of a Michigan divorce, the parties are restored back to single status. The court will also issue any necessary orders for child support and custody, alimony (spousal support) and the division of community and separate assets and debts. LegalZoom can assist you in the document preparation and filing for your uncontested Michigan divorce without the expense of an attorney.
Types of Divorce in Michigan
An uncontested divorce in Michigan:
- allows for a shorter waiting period of 60 days if there are no children from the marriage who are under age 18, and
- requires that the court find there has been a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent that the parties cannot live together as husband and wife.
Alternatives to Divorce in Michigan
A legal separation is when the parties live separately but remain legally married to one another. The ground for legal separation in Michigan is 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.
An annulment is sought in order to nullify the marriage and disavow its existence, returning the parties to their prior single status, as if they never married. The person seeking the annulment has the burden of proving to the court that one of the conditions of nullity has been met in order to have the annulment approved. Annulments are most often sought by people who feel stigmatized by the status of being divorced, or for ease of remarriage in their particular religion.