March reaches its highest peak as the “Divorce Month.”
January is the number one month for divorce, however; divorce rates peak in March. People are more likely to wait to file divorce after the winter months, for many reasons: the holiday season, family, and tax preparation season is coming to an end. Then there comes the “broken promise” hypothesis. “People are discontent with their marriages, they look at vacation as an opportunity to give it one last shot, and what they were hoping would happen didn’t occur,” explained Julie Brines, an associate professor of sociology at the University of Washington.
Steps to be taken before filing for divorce in Michigan:
- Weigh out the bad things from the good. Knowing your options are important as divorce is an expensive process. The process can also take an emotional toll for you and your family.
- Become informed with a free consultation with an attorney as there are a lot of common misunderstandings about divorce.
- Before you file, it is important to get all your paperwork in order. Make copies and start a file. You should know the status of all financial accounts and assets: checking and savings accounts, debts, the source and amount entering the home each month, mortgage papers, and proof of ownership of all other important assets.
- Take an inventory of all of your personal and joint assets. This includes jewelry, family heirlooms and other personal items that have worth to you. It is not uncommon for personal items, to be over looked and soon suddenly “go missing.”
- Hiring an experienced divorce attorney for the expertise is important to protect your interests throughout the process. We can help you understand the best way to approach divorce filing based on Michigan divorce laws.
Important Information to know before filing for divorce
- Michigan is an “equitable distribution” state, which means that divorce courts in Michigan may distribute the marital assets of spouses in a way they believe is fair. Equitable distribution is not necessarily an equal distribution; however, the court process works with you to make it as fair as possible.
- Under Michigan law, courts must split marital assets and debts “fairly.” But this doesn’t always mean “equally.” There are several factors that can influence what a judge determines to be fair and they include:
- How long the couple was married;
- Contributions to the marital estate by each spouse;
- Where the property came from or where the money for the property came from;
- How the debt originated (i.e. was it incurred for benefit of the family, like purchase of a family car, or as a result of one spouse’s actions, like a gambling debt or buying gifts for a secret lover);
- Age and health of each spouse;
- Needs and circumstances of each spouse;
- Income and earning ability of each spouse;
- Conduct of each spouse, including instances of infidelity or domestic violence;
- General principles of fairness.
- All Michigan divorce actions are heard in the county circuit courts. You must have resided in Michigan for at least 180 days to be able to file a divorce action in Michigan, and the county you wish to file in for 10 days prior to filling.
- In Michigan, there are three ways to end a marriage; annulment, separate maintenance and divorce.
Contact the Marchese Law Firm to let us help you Plan Today.
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