The break-up of a marriage and family can be a traumatic event for all parties involved. From the time you seek a divorce until the time that the dust settles and you move on with your life, you’ll be faced with many difficult decisions affecting you and your children. Emotions will be running at an all-time high and it will be difficult for you to make sound legal and financial decisions on your own. You’ll need the guidance of an experienced, knowledgeable and compassionate Michigan divorce attorney at The Law Offices of Rathi and Associates to fight on your behalf in order to get a fair and equitable divorce settlement.
Getting a divorce in Michigan is “no-fault”, meaning that it is not necessary to prove that one party was at fault for the divorce to be granted. To begin divorce proceedings we’ll need to file a complaint with the court, and issue a summons for your spouse to respond. Even if your spouse has indicated that they do not want a divorce and won’t sign divorce papers you can still get a divorce if the other party is properly served. This is called a Default Judgement For Divorce and does not require your spouse’s consent nor signature. A Default Judgement will only be issued after your spouse has been given ample time to respond and fails to do so. There is a 60 day waiting period from the time your complaint is filed until a Default Judgement For divorce can be granted. If you have minor children, the waiting period increases to 180 days.
If all goes smoothly and both parties agree to the terms of the divorce, one can usually be granted at the end of the waiting period. In reality, however, most divorces are complicated affairs and the defendant usually contests the terms of the agreement. This can cause both parties to seek mediation or if mediation doesn’t work go to trial to settle child custody and financial arrangements.
In any event, you’ll need the expertise of an experienced, knowledgeable Michigan divorce attorney from the very beginning of the legal process to the end. The Law Offices of Rathi and Associates stands ready to assist you with patience and understanding. Please call our Michigan divorce attorneys today for a free consultation.