The “Waiting Period” Before a Michigan Divorce Becomes Final
If there are no children under the age of 18, there is a 60-day waiting period (from the date of filing) before a divorce can be granted in Michigan. With minor children, the waiting period is generally six months. Divorces, however can take much longer than this if one or both parties cannot agree on custody or support and/or the division of property.
Understanding the Michigan Divorce Process
There are many steps involved in obtaining a divorce in Michigan: a complaint must be filed at the Circuit Court, filing fees must be paid (the filing fee is more if there are children of the marriage under the age of 18), a summons must be issued, the parties must be “served” properly, hearings must be scheduled and noticed, answers must be filed, and hearings must be attended. The end result of the case will be entry of a Judgment of Divorce.
If there are minor children, the divorce judgment will also specify child custody, support, and parenting time. In Michigan, the “Friend of the Court” is the office of the Court that makes evaluations and recommendations regarding child support, custody, and parenting time. (These issues are covered in our other articles.)
There are many complicated steps involved in obtaining a divorce. The best way to ensure that you will obtain the property division, spousal support, child support, custody and visitation arrangement that you deserve, is to hire a highly experienced and skilled divorce lawyer to fight for your rights.