If you are getting a Michigan divorce which involves minor children, then there are a few details that you must be aware of. In this guide, we’ll provide you with everything that you should be prepared for and may need to expect.
Divorces are rarely easy. Even when amicable, they require a significant amount of legwork to ensure clarity and closure. Teams like Fisher, Fowler & Williams can help ensure that, but some preparation on your end is always wise, as well.
For that reason, we’re taking a closer look at the Michigan divorce process, including preparations to be made if children are involved in the divorce. By understanding the process and what is expected of you, you can better expect what comes next and ensure you’re ready for it.
As emotionally challenging as they can be, there’s no reason to make a divorce more contentious or fraught than it needs to be. Preparation is key, and this divorce in Michigan checklist can ensure that you’re prepared for any eventuality, ensuring cases with minor children involved, or where a spouse does not answer a complaint. To prevent cases from being dismissed over a lack of process, here’s what you need to do.
Statistics show that nearly 55% of marriages in the United States end in divorce at the present time, and those numbers have been steadily increasing for the past forty years. When you are involved in the divorce process, every divorce can appear to be “high conflict.” However, just because a divorce case requires some litigation, or the parties have disagreements about issues, does not mean a case is “high conflict.” Most divorces have manageable conflict that the parties can, with time, work through and have a mutually civil understanding. However, there are some cases that go beyond the pale. There is extensive litigation, both during and after the divorce, and the parties are unable to agree on anything, either regarding property distribution or custody and parenting time. These cases are commonly called “high conflict” and there are not a lot of family law practitioners who will take these kinds of cases. However, with proper counsel, and patience, high conflict cases can be ratcheted down, and appropriate boundaries to avoid conflict can be established.
Many times, clients come to our office, desperate to get out of a bad marriage, but thinking that there isn’t really any property to divide. In some cases, they’ll tell us that they don’t have any property, other than the marital home and their joint bank accounts. However, with a few questions, it often becomes clear that there is substantially more property to divide than litigants first realize. For example, are there retirement accounts? Are there pensions? Does one party, the other, or both, own a business? Does one of the litigants receive options or other perquisites as part of their employment? If any of those things are true, then you may be looking at a more complicated division of property than you first realized, but that may not be a bad thing. However, it is important to realize what counts as property and what doesn’t, which is why it is important for you to make sure that you have the right legal guidance.
Exes can be difficult enough to deal with, but when you have children with your ex, eliminating the tug-of-war and game playing can be exhausting. However, there are convenient communication tools available to you, accessible anywhere from your smartphone, tablet or computer to document and control the line of communications. That can reduce miscommunications, coulda, woulda, shoulda and parenting time issues that those of us who are co-parenting with a difficult person can use to help manage the stress and discord.