If you’re contemplating a divorce in Michigan, you probably have a lot of questions. One of the most intimidating aspects of getting a divorce in Michigan or anywhere else is the idea of having to appear in court. The laws for getting a divorce in Michigan can be confusing. That’s why it’s important that you seek the counsel of a Michigan divorce lawyer.
Divorcing in Michigan
As long as you or your spouse have lived as a Michigan resident for a minimum of 180 days leading up to the divorce filing, you can apply for divorce in this state. If your spouse no longer lives in Michigan, you will need to serve divorce papers to your spouse which can be done in a number of ways depending on how amicable things are.
On the date of the court appearance, either you or your spouse or the two of you will need to appear in front of the judge. Your divorce attorney will attend the divorce hearing with you and can advise you on exactly what to expect. The judge may ask you to verify your identity, address and your reason for being there. Your divorce attorney will take care of the rest.
You should realize that appearing in court for a divorce is very different than if you had to go to court for a legal offense. You’ll be treated very respectfully by the court personnel, including the judge. No one will blame you for getting a divorce. The only animosity you may have to contend with may be from your spouse if they attend the hearing and the divorce is contested. Once the court appearance is over and the judge has made their determination, your divorce will be final. You’ll walk away as a single person, free to start your life anew. For information and assistance with getting a Michigan divorce, please contact Aldrich Legal Services.