Divorce: How do I get divorced in Michigan?

December 30, 2014 - Categories: Legal Articles

In order to get divorced in Michigan, the following requirements must be met:

1. How long must I live in Michigan to file divorce? Either the person filing (Plaintiff) or the other spouse (Defendant) must live in Michigan at least 6 months prior to filing, and in the county at least 10 days.

2. What documents are necessary to file divorce in Michigan? The Plaintiff must file the following documents with the court:

A. Summons and Complaint

B. Complaint for Divorce

C. Any Orders you want the judge to sign immediately, without a court hearing (Ex Parte Orders)

D. Some counties: A divorce and annulment record.

E. If children: A Verified Statement and Application for Title IV Services

F. If children (Wayne Co only): a certificate on behalf of plaintiff regarding ex parte orders.

3. How much does divorce cost in Michigan? The filing fees are: $150 for no chidren, $230 for children, or you may be able to waive your filing fees if you are low-income.

4. How long will a Michigan divorce take? The minimum time for a divorce without children is 60 days, and for a divorce with children, it is 6 months. That cannot be shortened unless you can show to a judge (after filing a motion and getting a hearing) that there would be severe hardship on the parties or children if the divorce is not allowed to proceed sooner.

5. What is the process of filing the divorce? Where do I get those documents above? How do I write them? What do I need to ask for or say in the documents? Where do I file them? Do I send them to the other side? What happens next?

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