Looking for Michigan’s rules on marriage, divorce, child custody, and child support? Want to find Michigan’s state court forms and instructions and local court websites? Here’s where to start. For a wide range of other articles on family law in Michigan, see the Resources by State section on this site.
There’s an old saying that absence makes the heart grow fonder. Unfortunately, when spouses are going through a divorce, nothing could be farther from the truth. Bitter feelings can cause otherwise reasonable people to engage in long legal battles that consume enormous amounts of time, money, and energy.
If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, you may ask the court to order your spouse to pay alimony (also called spousal support) if you have financial need. The court may order either spouse to pay alimony depending on the circumstances; courts make these orders on a case-by-case basis.
If you ‘re a parent going through a divorce, or if you’ve never been married to your child’s other parent and are ending the relationship, you may need information about child support. In Michigan, both parents, whether married or not, are obligated to support their children.
Overview Annulment is a civil court process that declares a marriage never existed. You can only get an annulment in very limited situations. This process should not be confused with a religious annulment, which can only be granted through your clergy. A religious annulment has no legal effect on your marital status.
Laws governing division of marital property in divorce vary from state to state. Michigan law requires an equitable, or fair, division of property between the spouses. Some couples are able to agree on their own about how to divide everything, while others seek the help of attorneys or a mediator to negotiate a settlement.
If you're getting a divorce in Michigan, you'll need to know how the process works. You'll find answers to commonly asked questions about divorce in Michigan below. For all of our articles on Michigan divorce, see our Michigan Divorce and Family Law page.
This article explains how to get a divorce in Michigan. Grounds for Divorce You may get a divorce in Michigan if your marriage is irretrievably broken and there is no likelihood of reconciliation. This is considered a no fault divorce, and you do not have to prove any other grounds to get divorced.
Throughout the United States, courts seek to enforce the principle that parents have an obligation to financially support their children. Although most parents have no problem doing so, some who do not see their kids may feel they shouldn't have to support them. If forced to pay child support, these