If you’re contemplating a divorce, it’s best to consult with an attorney. He or she can explain the typical process in Michigan and the county in which you live and flesh out the specific issues that will likely come up in your case.
The vast majority of divorce cases settle at some point before trial. If your case settles, the most important job your attorney has is to make sure that the settlement agreement or judgment accurately reflects the settlement and eliminates as many possible problems down the road.
A divorce judgment has to satisfy several legal requirements, like outlining
- division of property (personal property, real estate, cars, bank accounts, retirement accounts and other investments, etc.)
- division of debt (mortgage, debt, student loans)
- health insurance premium payments
- name change
- spousal support
- If there are minor children, physical custody, legal custody, child support and parenting time
While there are some are some clauses or sections that the court require to be included in all judgments, there are many others that likely should be included, depending on the specifics of your case.
Even though most cases settle, some don’t. If you can’t come to an agreement in your divorce case, you’ll want an attorney who’s an effective advocate in the courtroom.
Hiring an experienced attorney to represent you throughout the process improves the likelihood that you get what you deserve.
Even if you can’t afford an attorney to represent you throughout the process, consider at least paying an attorney to draft or review documents in your case (see Independent Legal Advice or Limited Scope Representation).