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Basic Steps in a Divorce Case

      Are you thinking of getting divorced? Not sure what the first steps are or how the process works? In Michigan, an action for Divorce starts out by filing a Complaint for Divorce and various forms and affidavits. A distinction is made between divorces where the parties have children under the age of 18, and where there are no children under the age of 18. Ex-parte relief may be sought at the time of filing to protect assets and income. After the case is filed, the other party MUST be served with the documents that have been filed unless the court provides for alternate service. There are rules that must be followed so that service is proper. A proof of service is then filed with the court.

     The case is typically then set for a status conference and the parties or their attorneys seek to come to an agreement on the issues in the case. If no agreement is reached, the case is set for trial. Throughout the process, there may be motions addressing issues such as temporary child and spousal support, maintenance of property, and parenting time. The court may order the parties and their attorneys to go to mediation. Does this seem like a lot of steps? It can be overwhelming. Give us a call to discuss your specific legal issues today.

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