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CONSIDERING A DIVORCE IN MICHIGAN?

Michigan is a no-fault only divorce state, so you do not really have any other choices in regards to filing grounds. If you decide "there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved," as Michigan law puts it, the first real decision to make in divorce comes down to whether you want to hire a lawyer to handle the divorce or do it yourself. A lot depends on whether or not you and your spouse can agree on the issues that need to be settled in order to finalize a divorce These are things like, who gets what property? or who is responsible for what debt? and child related issues if you have children. If you can both work together enough to reach an agreement, you might seriously consider doing your own divorce to save money and time.

Advantages of Doing Your Own Divorce in Michigan

With or without children, filing your own divorce without a lawyer can be fast, easy and affordable. You are required to follow the same simple procedures an attorney does, except you are the one responsible for completing and file the divorce paperwork yourself. You are doing minimal legwork when you use an online solution like 3StepDivorceTM to help you prepare all your necessary paperwork.

You know your own situation better than anyone. For this reason alone, it can make sense to handle your own divorce in Michigan. However, no matter what, you should only ever consider filing yourself if the divorce is uncontested (means you both agree).

Expense is often in large part the reason most couples file for their own in Michigan.

1. Cost. You avoid costly attorney's fees when you do your own divorce The filing fees in Michigan, which are your major costs when you file the DIY divorce. These range from $150 to $255, depending on the county.

2. Control. Because Michigan is a no-fault only state, it is very easy to file yourself through the courts, which means that you must demonstrate that your marriage has broken down such that there are irreconcilable differences. This means also that there is no change of reconciliation between the couple. When you both agree to this and sign the papers, a judge will simply review the papers and sign the final Judgment which will grant you your divorce.

3. Time. When couples can solve their differences, a no-fault divorce in Michigan moves through the system rapidly. Pro se (self) filer, without children can be divorce in as little as 60 days; with children it may take 6 months.

Deciding to Hire a Lawyer for Your Divorce in Michigan

An experienced practitioner who specializes in divorce and family law may be the person you need to assess your divorce situation. For example, the specialist may be the person to advise you if your divorce also involves a bankruptcy, as it sometimes does or what property you may or may not be entitled to.

When you have an extensive marital estate or a very small chance of an amicable experience with your spouse, a lawyer can help negotiate a settlement and alleviate some of the anxiety caused by the emotional aspects of the divorce. A lawyer will also explain your rights and your responsibilities in the marriage and divorce.

Finding the right lawyer can be challenging because for many people a divorce is the first time they have ever hired a lawyer. Some people turn to family and friends for a recommendation. One place to start is the State Bar of Michigan (www.michbar.org), where you can search for a lawyer based on a number of parameters, such as name, city and field of law. The bar can give you the information on a lawyer's standing and any disciplinary actions against him or her. You can also call eLawyerLink at 800-968-0738, where it matches you with an attorney. There is a $25 administrative fee for this service.

The State Bar of Michigan is located at 306 Townsend St Lansing, MI 48933-2012. The telephone numbers are 517- 346-6300 or (800)-968-1442.

Many family law attorneys offer an initial consultation free of charge or for a minimal fee. Be sure to ask before you attend any in office visits so you are not surprised.

A Simple Divorce Process
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