Divorce in Michigan – Finalizing the Divorce

Finalizing the Divorce

Are you wondering how the divorce process will end?

Have you considered filing for a divorce and want to prepare yourself for what is ahead?

Over the past month, I have been sharing about divorce in Michigan. Divorce is seldom easy and rarely pleasant. There are many unanswered questions and those questions have inspired this series. My goal is to shed some light on the experience of getting a divorce in Michigan. Knowing what is going to happen may take some of the anxiety out of the experience.

Please remember that the free information provided on this blog is general and should not be interpreted as legal counsel. Each divorce is unique and each couple going through the process is unique. If you have specific questions, you are more than welcome to contact me by calling my office.

Today, I wanted to share what finalizing your divorce will be like. Think of it as the light at the end of the tunnel. When you first start the divorce process, it may feel like this day will never come, but I can assure you that it will.

Your divorce will likely be resolved in one of the 4 following ways:

  1. Default judgment
    A default judgment means that your spouse has chosen not to participate in the case or has not filed an answer.

  2. Negotiated Judgment
    A negotiated judgment is when you and your spouse have come to an agreement on the terms of your divorce.

  3. Mediated Agreement
    A mediated agreement is when you and your spouse meet with a mediator to help decide the terms of your divorce. If you choose this option, this is how your divorce will be resolved.

  4. Trial
    If you and your spouse are unable to come to a decision, the judge will decide for you.

According to Michigan Legal Help,

After there is a default, an agreement, or a judge’s decision, the judge will sign a judgment of divorce. The judgment will end your marriage and will decide child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support (alimony), and property and debt division.”

Divorce can be devastating and confusing. If you have any questions about your specific situation, please contact me or call my office. I am here to help.

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