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Online Divorce in Michigan

For those seeking an inexpensive divorce in the state of Michigan, online divorce is an easy, affordable and fast solution. Online divorce may be appropriate for couples who have an uncontested case. The step-by-step process of preparing divorce documents at Onlinedivorce.com makes it easy on you. We help prepare all of the necessary divorce forms and provide detailed written instructions on how to file your divorce in Michigan.

Our divorce documents preparation service can be a perfect solution for those who want to have their divorce papers completed quickly and stress-free. Even though Michigan has unique divorce forms and filing requirements, our online system can provide you with exactly what you need and provide instructions on how to file. We have helped thousands of people prepare their divorce documents for filing.

If you and your spouse agree on the terms of the divorce and want an amicable dissolution to your marriage, why should the process get drawn out and why should you spend money on lawyers? Online divorce is often cheaper, quicker and easier.

Online divorce can be a perfect option if you want to save money or if you hope to have your divorce quickly finalized so you can get on with your life. Preparing documents for divorce online in Michigan is quickly becoming very popular because you can complete the documents in the comfort of your home. Even if you think your case is too complex because you have children, own your own home or have other assets, you may still be able to prepare your documents online. Just start with our simple questionnaire, and we’ll provide you instructions for each step of the way.

Finally, you don’t have to worry - our process is 100% secure. We protect your information and nothing is filed until you submit the divorce papers to the courthouse yourself. Filing for divorce in Michigan with the Onlinedivorce.com system can be a simple solution to a difficult situation.

Filing:

When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we help you fill out your divorce paperwork using a simple online questionnaire. You can fill it out alone or with the assistance of your spouse. Then, you will need to get a signature from your spouse and you can file the divorce forms with your local court. In Michigan, you will typically file with the courthouse in the county in which you currently reside. If a petitioner is not currently a resident, but a defendant is, divorce is typically filed in the county where the defendant resides.

The actual filing process is explained in our detailed court-filing instructions that we provide along with your completed divorce forms. You can also obtain assistance from your local courthouse by calling or stopping by.

After the initial filing, you may need to follow up if there are any issues with your documents. When you use OnlineDivorce.com, we allow you to make small adjustments to your forms as requested by the court at no additional charge. Our goal is to help you obtain your divorce with as little hassle and stress as possible using our online divorce documents preparation service.

Residency:

Every state has specific requirements where divorcing couples must establish residency within the state they are divorcing. Michigan is no exception.

Immediately prior to filing for divorce, one of the spouses must have been a resident of Michigan for 180 days and a resident of the county for at least 10 days where the divorce is filed. However, a person may file for divorce in any county in the state without meeting this 10-day residency requirement if the defendant was born in a foreign country and there are children who are at risk of being taken out of the country by the defendant. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Section 552.9].

There are many ways to prove that residency has been established. The easiest way is if one or both spouses have a valid and in-date Michigan driver’s license, ID card or voter’s registration card which was issued at least six months before filing for divorce. If this is not the case, it may be possible to establish residency, by having someone who knows you or your spouse testify that you have lived in the state for at least six months. Additionally, it may be possible to use an Affidavit of Corroborating Witness form, and it should serve as proof you’ve lived in the state a minimum of six months.

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Grounds for an online divorce using OnlineDivorce.com are the same as they would be for any divorce within the State of Michigan. Grounds are merely the reason for divorce, and the state must approve them.

There is only one reason for divorce recognized in the state--it covers both fault and no-fault cases. Essentially, both parties must agree that a breakdown of the marriage relationship has occured to the extent that the marriage has been destroyed and there is no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Section 552.6].

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Custody of the child in Michigan

Custody of the child

Sole or joint (legal or physical) custody is awarded to the parents based on what is deemed to be in the best interests of the child, the desires of the parents, and on these factors:

  • The overall moral character of the parents as has been proven by past actions;
  • Any physical, emotional, mental, religious, and social needs of the child;
  • The ability and desire of each parent to meet the child’s emotional, educational, and other needs;
  • Preferences of the child, if the child is of sufficient age and maturity;
  • The love and affection which exists between the child and each parent;
  • The duration the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity;
  • The desire of each parent to allow a quality relationship between the child and the other parent;
  • The child’s connection to his or her home, school, and community;
  • The overall health of all individuals involved including both parents and children;
  • The permanence as a family unit of the proposed custodial home or homes; and
  • Any other factors deemed relevant by the court to do justice to the case.

If joint custody is an issue, the court will consider all the above factors and the following additional factors:

  • Whether the parents can cooperate and generally agree concerning important decisions affecting the welfare of the child and
  • If the parents wish to have joint custody. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Sections 552.16, 722.23, and 722.26a].

Rules for child support in Michigan

Either parent, whether the primary or supporting custodian, may be ordered to provide a just and proper amount of child support. There is a Child Support Formula which is often used as a guideline and this formula is presumed to be correct unless shown to be unjust or inappropriate under the circumstances in a particular case. There is a legal manual available from the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau. The court may require the parent providing support to file a bond guaranteeing the support payments. Support may include health care, dental care, childcare, and education of the child. The Judgment of Divorce must include a provision that requires one or both of the parents to provide health care coverage if such coverage is available at a reasonable cost as a benefit of employment. All payments of child support shall be ordered to be made through the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau. Each parent will be required to keep the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau informed of their current address, all sources of income, and the existence of or lack of health insurance coverage. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Sections 552.15, 552.16, 552.452, and 552.519].

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Rules for spousal support in Michigan

Rules for spousal support

Alimony, also known as spousal support, is sometimes ordered by the court to help one spouse live in a manner established during marriage after the divorce. Assistance may be decided upon by the couple together before filing or may be awarded by the court in a contested case. The court may award rehabilitative (short-term) or more permanent alimony to either of the spouses in either lump-sum payments or as monthly/yearly payments or both.

In the state of Michigan, either spouse can be ordered to pay alimony. The alimony would be awarded only if a spouse shows a need and the supporting spouse would be able to pay. Factors for consideration specified in the statute are:

  • The ability of either spouse to pay;
  • The character and situation of the spouses; and
  • All other circumstances of the case.

All payments of spousal support shall be ordered to be made through the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau. When you pay directly to the court, there is less chance for arguments to break out later, and both parties are protected. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Sections 552.13, 552.23, and 552.452].

Property division in Michigan

Property division

When a couple chooses to divorce in Michigan, they must split their property in a fair and agreeable manner. Property distribution can be handled independently and without involving the court in an undisputed divorce. In doing this, the couple may make their own decisions regarding how property is distributed as long as it is fair and both members of the couple agrees without being coerced or manipulated in any way.

On the other hand, the court can become involved in a case where a decision is not met independently. If this is the case, there are specific rules that must be followed to assure that the spouses receive their fair share from the marital estate.

Michigan is an “equitable distribution” state. The court can divide the all of the spouse’s property, to include any gifts or inheritances, in a just and reasonable manner, if it appears that the spouses contributed to the acquisition, improvement, or accumulation of the property. The factors to be considered are:

  • The contribution each made to marital property, including any contribution as homemaker;
  • The length of the marriage;
  • Any retirement benefits, including social security, civil service, and military and railroad retirement benefits;
  • The existence of prior marriage of each spouse;
  • The reasons for the estrangement of the spouses;
  • The source of the property;
  • Who caused the divorce; and
  • Each spouse’s financial situation and rights to any insurance policies. [Michigan Compiled Laws Annotated; Sections 552.19, 552.101, and 552.401 and Michigan Case Law].

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Mediation support in Michigan

If the court there is a chance for reconciliation in a non-contested case, they may require a delay and recommend mediation. Mediation is available in all cases for parties who wish to consider this as an alternative to divorce. For more information about voluntary mediation, you can contact your local courthouse and ask for a referral to a court-recommended mediator. By using someone who is recommended by the court, you know your case will be in the best possible hands.

If you choose online divorce, mediation may be a good option to resolve any contested issues and assure the case will not have to go to court--potentially making for a more expensive and time-consuming case.

Divorce forms in Michigan

Michigan forms produced by OnlineDivorce.com are court approved divorce forms. We have automated the process of filling them out to simplify matters and avoid any difficulties which may occur with filling out paperwork alone. By utilizing OnlineDivorce.com, you can simplify the process of preparing divorce documents and help both parties to move forward with their lives.

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Filing fees for divorce in Michigan

When you file your divorce papers, the court will charge filing fees that may vary by county. These costs are in addition to the cost of using OnlineDivorce.com. Please check with your local courthouse to determine the exact amount.

How long will it take

The use of the OnlineDivorce.com service usually takes between 30 minutes and two hours or more depending on the complexity of your case. You’ll start filling out the questionnaire immediately and can either complete it in one sitting, or you can save your progress and complete it at a later date if that is more convenient for you.

Once you’ve gotten the documents complete, you will need to file them and get your spouse’s signature. You’ll have more information regarding the finalization of your divorce case once you complete your paperwork and submit it with the clerk of courts.

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