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Ann Arbor Divorce Attorney

For many people, divorce is a very painful process. During this time, it is important to have a compassionate and experienced divorce attorney on your side who will respect your emotions, listen to your concerns and help you clearly determine what legal steps are in your best interest.

At Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, we understand that one person's needs are different from another's in a divorce. Attorney Lana Panagoulia respects both the cultural differences and the different personal experiences that people bring to the legal arena.

"Not only during, but after my wife and I reconciled, she remained a strong support figure in my life and also my wife's life. She was caring about our well-being and championed our needs and goals for our family and the well-being of our children. ... She will put up one hell of a fight for your rights and for justice in its purest form." - Anonymous client on AVVO's

The Basics of Divorce Law in Michigan

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This means that whether your spouse had an affair or was otherwise to blame for the marital breakdown, the family law court will not necessarily take this into account in determining child custody, child support and other issues. Under rare circumstances, however, fault may be a consideration in property division and spousal support or alimony determinations.

The family law judge cannot grant a divorce sooner than 60 days after one files the initial complaint. Even if you have already gone through mediation before you file an official complaint for divorce, you will still have to wait 60 days for it to become finalized into a judgment of divorce.

In Michigan, legal separation is referred to as "separate maintenance." Some people prefer to file a separate maintenance action instead of filing for divorce because of religious reasons, insurance concerns, tax purposes or for other reasons. If the other spouse files a counter-complaint for divorce, the legal separation proceedings are automatically converted to divorce.

Contact our office today to schedule an appointment with our Michigan divorce attorney. You can reach our office at 734.769.LANA (5262) or via e-mail.

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