If you are planning on filing for divorce in Sterling Heights, MI, then you want to make sure that the divorce attorney you hire is an expert in family law matters and can offer competent legal advice on all aspects of divorce and family law.
Working with a good attorney can help steer you through the often complicated process of a Michigan divorce and will ensure you have the best representation when it comes to court.
It is worth noting that Michigan is a no-fault state when it comes to divorce. This means that there is no need for either party to show any sort of ‘fault’ in order to file for divorce. But it is also worth noting that where there is any fault – for example, domestic abuse – then the judge may take that into account when making decisions on things like child custody, alimony, and parenting time.
To file for divorce in Michigan, you must have been resident in the state for 180 days prior to the date of filing. And whichever county you file in, you must have been resident there for 10 days before filing. So, for example, if you filed in Oakland County, you would have had to live there for at least 10 days.
When it comes to child custody arrangements, the court looks at what is known as the ‘best interests of the child’ factors. The court’s starting point in any decision is that a child will benefit from equal input and access with both parents. But those factors can then affect any final decision.
And with child support orders, the court similarly looks at a wide range of factors. But the foundation for the decision-making process is the income of both parents.
Our law office is based in Troy and serves clients across a wide local area. With 20 years of experience in several areas of law, including personal injury and criminal defense, our primary focus is representing clients in family law issues at every level including circuit courts.
We offer an initial free consultation to discuss your case and offer advice. If you would like to book a free appointment, then call today toll free on 248-688-0045.