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Frequently Asked Michigan Divorce Questions

How much does it cost to file for divorce in Michigan?

Attorney’s fees range depending on the complexity of your divorce case. Court filing fees range from $150.00-$230.00, depending on whether children are involved.

How long does a divorce take in Michigan?

The time it takes to finalize a divorce in Michigan depends on a number of factors, one being whether there are children involved. Generally a divorce that doesn’t involve children may be granted after 60 days. If children are involved, then the parties must wait six months. However, a waiver may be granted depending upon the circumstances. Bottom line, the court is the ultimate authority that determines the finality of the proceeding.

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What is the Friend of the Court?

Many courts in Michigan now refer a divorce case involving children, upon filing, to a division of the court called the “Friend of the Court.” A conference is held where both parties submit information to the person presiding over the conference in an attempt to work out a deal acceptable to the parties regarding matters involving the children, such as custody, support, and other related issues while the divorce proceeding is on-going.

How is child support determined?

In Michigan, the courts use a standard child support formula in determining how much in child support will be paid to a spouse. Factors taken into consideration include parenting time, incomes of both spouses, and other costs incurred in caring for the child.

How is child custody in Michigan determined?

There are two types of custody in Michigan: legal custody and physical custody, both of which are always addressed by the court in in a divorce proceeding. Legal custody authorizes a parent or parents the right to make major decisions regarding the child’s life. Physical custody involves the question of with whom the child or children will reside.

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