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Michigan Requirements

The following laws are explained very briefly to provide a basic understanding. If further knowledge is wished to be gained please make use of your local library, and seek the assistance of an attorney. This section is reviewed regularly, but due to the changing of laws some material may be outdated.




Required Residency to File: 180 days

Where to File: A plaintiff may file in any county within the state.

Grounds for Absolute Divorce:

Fraud, Force or Duress ( grounds for annulment )

Grounds for "No-Fault" Divorce:

Irreconcilable Differences or Irretrievable Breakdown

Time before ex-spouses may remarry: Plaintiff ( none ) Defendant ( none )

Voluntary or required Mediation: ( yes )

Voluntary or recommended Counseling: ( yes )

The Distribution of Property:

Michigan is an "equitable distribution" state. The court has full discretion to divide the real estate and all marital property, which includes pension benefits. Any inheritance or gifts received prior or during the marriage is considered for distribution. The following factors are generally considered: any retirement benefits of either spouse, prior marriages, age and health, length of marriage, vocational skills, occupations, contributions in acquisitions, reasons for divorce, employability of spouses, and custody.

Spousal Support:

Support can be ordered to either spouse. Employment possibilities of the spouse tends to cause the greatest influence on the decision. Living conditions similar to those when marriage existed is attempted to be restored, but a lot of factors play a significant role.

Child Custody:

Custody is awarded with the best interests of the child or children in mind. The following factors are generally considered: the age and sex of child, the wishes of the parents, the child's ability to adapt to a new environment, the mental and physical health of the parents and child, the relationship each parent has with the child, and the respect each parent has for the child's relationship with the other parent.

Uniform Child Custody Act: 1975
Is Joint Custody awarded? YES
Do Grandparents Have the Right to Visitation? YES
Are Child's Wishes Considered? YES

Child Support:

Either or both parents may be required to provide the support of maintenance, insurance, and education of the child. There are specific guidelines to be followed, unless when proven to be unjust. All payments of child support are made through the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau.
Document Example

To prepare your documents, you would simply edit the information as it applies to you.

IN RE THE MARRIAGE OF:   Case No. ____________________
JANE DOE,

Petitioner,

and
PETITION FOR DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE
JOHN DOE,

Respondent.


COMES NOW the Petitioner, JANE DOE, and respectfully petitions and shows this Court as follows:
I.           The vital statistics concerning the parties are as follows:
          A. PETITIONER:

  1. Age: 28
  2. Occupation: Clerk
  3. Petitioner now resides at 123 Main Street, Douglas, Michigan 54321, County of Bay. Petitioner has been a resident of the State of Michigan since April 8, 1968.
          B. RESPONDENT:
  1. Age: 32
  2. Occupation: Vice President, 7-11 Convenience Stores
  3. Respondent now resides at 456 Corner Drive, Douglas, Michigan 54321, County of Bay. Respondent has been a resident of the State of Michigan since December 2, 1978.
II.           The Social Security Numbers of the parties are as follows:

          Petitioner: 555-23-9178
          Respondent: 875-12-3354.

III.          { CHOOSE ONE OF THE FOLLOWING }
          A. At least one of the parties has had actual residence in this state with a bona fide intention of making this state his or her permanent home for at least one year prior to the filing of this petition.
          B. The Petitioner is serving in the United States Armed Forces and has been continuously stationed at a military base or installation in this state for one year.


Document Kit Contents

Your document kit will include:
  1. Instructions for completion of your documents
  2. Petition for Dissolution of Marriage
  3. Sample Marital Settlement Agreement
  4. Financial Affidavit of Petitioner
  5. Financial Affidavit of Respondent
  6. Answer and Waiver of Hearing
  7. Verification
  8. Affidavit of Non Military Service
  9. Affidavit of Corroborating Witness
  10. Decree of Divorce
  11. Sample Proposed Property Settlement
  12. Summons
  13. Notice of Hearing
  14. Affidavit of Service
  15. Affidavit of Diligent Search for Service by Publication

    If children are involved:

  16. Affidavit of Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act
  17. Sample Parenting Plan

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