To obtain a divorce in Michigan, one of the parties must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 days and of the county in which he or she files for divorce for at least 10 days prior to filing the complaint for divorce. These residency requirements are jurisdictional, meaning neither party can waive them (say, for example, if you only resided in county A for 9 days but nonetheless wanted a divorce in county A).
How do you handle a breakup? In a family law practice, this is a common - and necessary - topic. Family law lawyers handle your emotions just as must as your legal matters. These are inextricable when a family - of any makeup, young or old, children or no children, first marriage or one of many - breaks down. While we are not mental health professionals, we can give you anecdotal advice and tips. Any lawyer who tells you otherwise does not have your best interests - personal and legal - in mind. In addition to consulting with a mental health professional, you should consider the following.
While every family -- and, therefore, every family court case -- is unique, there are certain topics we address in all of them. Some may not apply to your case (e.g, if you do not have children), but all of the topics in your case you will find with our PFL Master List:
During the holidays, divorce may be lingering in the back of your mind - but, if you are like most folks, it is probably not at the top of your "to do" list.