Michigan Requirements For Getting A Divorce

Divorce in Michigan

Are you considering getting a divorce?

Wondering how to the divorce process started?

Marriage can be difficult. No one who has been married will ever argue with that. In some cases, it is just easier to walk away. On this beautiful fall Monday, I want to share with you what the State of Michigan requires in order to get a divorce.

Sometimes that first Google search is a big step, and it can be hard to type that word, divorce. Let me take a moment to define divorce. A divorce is the process of the court to end a marriage. That’s it; divorce is simply what happens in court. However, we all know that divorce can feel like so much more.

The divorce process can be an ugly process, but as we all learned from School House Rock, Knowledge is Power. We will be posting how to articles about divorce over the next few months. All this information is free to you and if you have any questions, you are more than welcome to give us a call.

Let’s get started. Here is what Michigan requires of you in order to get a divorce.

Divorce Requirements in Michigan

  • Michigan Residency

The first hurdle to pass is easy. All you need is for either you or your spouse to have lived in Michigan for over 6 months. If you decide to file for a divorce, that will be done at a circuit court.

You will need to go to the circuit court of the county that you or your spouse has lived in for more than 10 days. In other words, you do not have to file where you live. You can file where your spouse lives.

Michigan is a No-Fault State

Anyone who has lived in Michigan knows about that Michigan is a no-fault state. What many of us don’t know is that Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. Here is all you need in order to file for divorce in Michigan according to The Michigan Legislative Website,

A complaint for divorce may be filed in the circuit court upon the allegation that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”

Make sure to visit our blog again for more free information on filing for a divorce. If you have any questions go ahead and leave them in the comments section, and I will do my best to answer them for you. If you are ready to start divorce proceedings, please call my office at:

248-348-7400 or 586-530-1000