Oakland County Divorce Lawyer
Experienced Divorce Attorneys Serving Oakland County, MI
Going through a divorce is always tough, no matter how cooperative couples
try to be. When going through the painful process of divorce, you need
to find an
attorney that you feel comfortable with ꟷ someone who listens to your concerns
and understands your needs. To achieve a successful result, it is imperative
to find a family law attorney you can comfortably work with. The last
thing you need is a family law lawyer who yells or belittles you. At Lady4Justice
PLLC, our clients’ needs are paramount.
Our Oakland County divorce attorney has a background in communication,
with extensive experience in representing clients with care and attention
to detail. Every member of our staff is trained to focus on our clients'
needs. We listen to your concerns and map out a strategy to meet those
needs, keeping you informed every step of the way.
While we never recommend the courtroom as a place to work out emotional
concerns, we are mindful that emotions do run high at a time when critical
decisions are being made, and help our clients stay focused on their goals.
To schedule a FREE consultation with our divorce lawyer in Oakland County, call
(248) 773-3317 or
send us a message.
Divorce Laws in Michigan
Divorce laws can vary depending on the state in which you live. These laws
determine aspects of a divorce case such as grounds for divorce, property
division, and more.
Divorce matters in Michigan can be daunting. Often, they involve the most
precious aspect of your life: your children. This process can be intimidating
Please don’t go through it alone. Our firm will carefully listen
to your concerns and goals and assemble a plan of attack.
What is the 10-Year Divorce Rule in Michigan?
In Michigan, an ex-spouse can claim up to half of the other's Social Security
benefits, workers' compensation benefits, and military pension after ten
years of marriage. This rule may also apply to other areas, such as railroad benefits.
This rule does not limit a judge or parties from using one spouse's social
security payments to provide extra child or spousal support as part of
a divorce in Michigan.
Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Michigan?
No, it doesn't matter who files for divorce first in Michigan. Michigan
is a "no-fault" divorce state, so it's unnecessary to prove
that a spouse committed any wrongful acts to be granted a divorce.
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. Therefore, couples divorcing in the
state do not need to cite a specific reason for doing so. Instead, an
ex-couple can divorce based only on the assertion that their relationship
has eroded past the point of reconciliation. However, when negotiating
property division or child custody, a person can cite fault (either because
of adultery, abuse, abandonment, or another reason).
In Michigan, a couple’s property is defined as either “separate”
property or “marital” property. Separate property is anything
that was owned by either spouse before their marriage, and will generally
be granted to that spouse in divorce. Marital property, which includes
anything obtained after the couple married, will be divided equitably.
A property division plan that is considered equitable will depend on each
spouse’s financial situation, fault for the divorce, and other factors.
Our family lawyer in Oakland County can answer any questions you have about
Michigan’s divorce laws.
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Divorce Options in Michigan
Once a couple decides to divorce, they need to make a second decision which
is just as important: How they will divorce. This will depend in large
part on how serious the differences between them are, and other factors
involving children and property. The legal system offers a variety of
options for couples to choose from, starting with a do-it-yourself divorce
all the way to a full trial.
Especially with the incredible amount of information available on the internet,
it is possible for couples to do their own divorce without any family
law attorney involvement. Usually this involves couples with no children
and no assets. This can be a time-consuming and difficult process, but
if the couple lacks funds to hire a Michigan family lawyer, it may be
their only choice. When settlement is reached they file at the courthouse
and the divorce is done.
In most cases, however, especially where children, spousal support, or
property is involved, legal representation is needed from an experienced
Oakland County family law attorney. Once a couple determines that they
need legal representation they move to the next step: Choosing which of
a variety of methods they will use.
A list of divorce options is below. Read on to learn more about the different
types of divorce cases:
Kitchen Table Divorce
Sit down with your spouse on a Saturday morning, make a pot of coffee,
and work out an arrangement to divide your earthly goods: Accounts, photographs,
art objects, firearms, exercise equipment ꟷ everything must go!
One Lawyer Divorce
In a one lawyer divorce, couples who are able to communicate effectively
can agree to use one party's lawyer to write up their agreements. This
can be a way to save time and money. It greatly cuts down on the cost
and stress of litigation.
collaborative divorce process, the separating couple and their lawyers sign a written agreement
to work together at resolving the issues without court involvement.
Cooperative divorce is a process of handling divorce which is settlement-based but leaves
open the possibility of litigation if ꟷ and only if ꟷ absolutely necessary.
mediation, the couple hires a trained, impartial person to help them resolve specific
disputes relating to their divorce. Because the mediator is also an attorney,
they have knowledge of the legal requirements of working out a valid settlement.
The mediator acts as a guide, encouraging communication between the parties
and writing down agreements reached.
Binding Arbitration Divorce
arbitration, both parties agree to let a third person, usually a Michigan family attorney,
decide the issues on which they cannot agree. These issues may include
child custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time, and property division.
Attorney Negotiated Settlement
This is currently the most common method of divorce. Each side hires an
attorney, one of them files the complaint, and the other answers. Then
the family attorneys begin the discovery process (i.e., finding out about
the couple's assets as well as custody and support issues).
Litigation is when a case goes to the courts. In a trial, each spouse's attorney
argues their client's position on the disputed issues. Witnesses, including
family members or friends, may be called, and experts may be brought in
by each side to give opinions on child custody arrangements or to value property.
Our Oakland County Divorce Lawyers Can Help
If you are unsure about how to proceed with your divorce case or are in
need of representation,
contact Lady4Justice PLLC today. We can assist you with every aspect of your case. Call to get started!
contact form or call
(248) 773-3317 to schedule a free consultation with our divorce attorney in Oakland County, Michigan.