A divorce can be an intense and emotional process that can affect a large network of people around you. Charles P. Farrar PLLC in Waterford, MI, is your family divorce attorney. With over 20 years of experience in family law, he has helped hundreds of families achieve the best results during separation. With a sensitive approach, he will help you make the decisions necessary to protect your future.
Offering Expert Guidance for Your Unique Case
Every family is different, which makes every separation unique. The beginning of a divorce can be filled with many emotions. Each decision made can create lifelong ripples, and complications can include controversial division of property, expensive fees, and additional tension between family members.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do my spouse or I have to prove fault to get a divorce in Michigan?
The only reason for a divorce in Michigan is that “there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and their remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.” A divorce will be granted regardless of the fault of either party, and you need not concern yourself with providing your attorney with proof or evidence of fault.
Will my spouse have to continue providing health insurance for me after our divorce?
Can I change my name at the time of a divorce?
Can I get an annulment in Michigan?
Yes, but only in limited circumstances. An annulment is a court decision that your marriage is not valid. You can only get an annulment in the following circumstances:
- You or your spouse were too young for marriage
- You and your spouse are close relatives
- Your spouse used force or fraud to get your agreement to marry
How long do I have to live in Michigan before I can file for divorce?
What if I live in Michigan and my spouse lives in a different state, can my divorce be filed in Michigan?
Do my spouse and I have to be separated to get a divorce?
Do I need a lawyer to help me with my divorce?
I wasn’t married in the United States. Can I still get a divorce in Michigan?
Your marriage is valid in the place where you were married; and
You or your spouse has lived in Michigan for at least six months.
I’m not a U.S. Citizen, can I get a divorce in Michigan?
Are there alternatives to divorce, can I get a legal separation instead of a divorce?
What if I do not know where my spouse is residing, or I am unable to locate him?
What if my spouse is on active military duty?
If your spouse is on active military duty, you should consider hiring a lawyer.
How long will it take for my divorce to be finalized?
What if my spouse does not want a divorce?
My spouse makes more money that I do, will I be able to get spousal support or alimony?
You and your spouse may agree that you should get spousal support as part of your divorce. However, if you don’t agree, the judge must decide the issue at a trial. When deciding whether to order spousal support, the judge will consider several things including (but not limited to):
- The length of the marriage; whether or not each party can work
- The ages of the parties
- How much and/or what kind of property each party is awarded in the settlement
- The education level and employment history of the parties;
- Whether or not minor children born during the marriage require child care;
- The health of each party.
How will custody and parenting time with the minor children determined?
In some instances, the parties will decide the issue of custody and determine a parenting time schedule without issue. However, in many instances the Friend of the Court will be utilized to evaluate the situation and provide a recommendation for the parties. If one or both of the parties disagree about the recommendation, an objection must be filed within 21 days after you are served, or the recommendation may become an order.
In heavily contested situations, a trial may be conducted, and the final decision will be made by the judge assigned to your case. It is important that the best interest of the child(ren) are always considered when making important decisions such as custody, parenting time a child support.
Child custody and parenting time issues can become complex; there are many court rules and procedures that are often best handled by an experienced attorney familiar with family law and civil procedure.