Divorce is a something most of us never consider when we say our “I dos”. After all, it’s for better or worse, isn’t it? Unfortunately, no matter how blissfully a marriage starts, it can evolve into an unbearable situation where one party or both parties are unable to see eye-to-eye.
So what does divorce mean for you, and what are the considerations that need to be made? Whether divorce is a one-sided decision or a mutual decision, each party needs to take the time to understand the legal consequences and procedures that are involved in obtaining a final dissolution.
There is only one ground for divorce in Michigan: “the 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.” MCL 552.6 The benefit to this requirement is that no matter who did what to whom, there is no need to establish fault in order to get a divorce.
Divorce itself is a complicated and delicate matter; one that should not be handled alone, and it is a decision that will carry with it future circumstances which are best left in the hands of an attorney. That is why Downriver Lawyer is your best-suited source of legal representation. We handle every matter sympathetically and aggressively to ensure that your rights and future are protected.
As your decision to terminate your marriage begins, there are considerations that need to be made if you have children, joint assets, joint liabilities and debts, or if you own a business venture together, or if you have never worked during the period of your marriage. And, the longer the marriage, the more complicated these matters may become. That is exactly why divorce should not simply be left in the hands of the court. You need someone on your side to make sure that the outcome of your divorce doesn’t impact your future negatively.
Take for instance the following examples of what divorce may lead to and what you need to take into consideration:
- For one, if children are involved, you are faced with whether you and your spouse will remain living together under one roof or separating. If you make separate living arrangements, then you have to tackle the issue of child custody and visitation rights. This decision is perhaps the most sensitive and complicated and one that you do not want to gamble with.
- If you lose physical and/or legal custody of your children, you will then be faced with child support payments, which can be provided through an amicable decision between the two parties or can be court-ordered. This, again, carries with it future economic consequences which our Michigan attorneys have been handling successfully for decades.
- Next, you need to take into consideration assets that need to be divided up between you and your spouse. Whether that involves real or personal property, jointly held assets, family valuables, income, pensions, benefits such as 401Ks, or just a simple division of the money you have in the bank. While you may think that you are entitled to the money or assets that you earned individually, the courts believe differently and will divvy up such assets as they see best and not necessarily equally.
- With the division of assets comes also the division of liabilities, i.e. debts. This is probably the stickiest of situations. Determining the extent of liability that you and your spouse have accrued and who is responsible to what degree. With the help of your experienced attorney at Downriver Lawyer, we will walk you through this step carefully to ensure that all debt is dispersed with while you are still married and prior to the finalization of your dissolution. Why? Because any debt that you carry with you after divorce will likely affect your credit which will in turn affect your ability to rent or buy future real estate, personal property, or even open up bank accounts and credit cards.
- In addition, some parties will be subject to alimony rewards or payments, depending on who makes the higher income. Again, this is a sensitive situation as many spouses who are not ending the marriage amicably may be reluctant to provide this sort of support to their ex-spouse. This is where our attorneys have received the highest marks in Michigan in securing alimony payments for our clients.
As you can see, all of these factors carry with them future consequences. Even if you plan on filling out the paperwork on your own, or think that your spouse will be “fair” in handling the divorce, you will still benefit from a consultation with our attorneys at Downriver Lawyer. There are traps and loopholes that the legal system has in divorce matters, and if not handled properly, you may be in risk of losing a lot more than you bargained for when you made the decision to obtain a divorce.
Always keep yourself knowledgeable and protected. As you struggle through the emotional side of a divorce, let our top-rated MI lawyers in Downriver worry about the legal aspect. In the game of life, divorce is not a gamble…don’t leave your future in the hands of your spouse or the court system. Contact us for a consultation today to support you through this difficult time 734-619-1237 or firstname.lastname@example.org. We have decades of experience and a team of aggressive attorneys who will handle your matter as if it were their own. Learn more about us at www.downriverlawyer.com or visit us on Facebook and Twitter.