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What is a “no-fault” divorce?

Michigan is a “no-fault state,” which means individuals do not need to prove their spouse is at fault to file for divorce. When you file for divorce, you may need to provide the following information:

  • Marriage date and location
  • Your children’s names and their ages
  • State where both spouses reside
  • Details and decisions about alimony/spousal support
  • Previous arrangements of you and your spouse

What is the legal process for divorce?

Typically, the process begins by filing a court document. This complaint or petition is served to you or your spouse by a server. If you and your spouse both agree to the divorce, papers may not need to be served. The process can be complicated with numerous documents having to be filed, but typically is less complex when there is an amicable relationship through mediation.

Who will get custody of my children?

A court will look at many factors when determining custody. Custody and child support can be complicated determinations. If you and your spouse are amicable and you agree on decisions, this will save a lot of stress, time and money. Our mediation services may be able to help you with this process. Speak with our understanding lawyer today to learn more about how you can retain custody of your children.

How much will a divorce cost?

Divorce costs differ greatly from state to state. Filing fees and the bill for serving divorce papers to the other spouse can run $200-$500. But there are various other fees such as document preparation expenses and attorney fees that vary. Extra costs may include a financial analyst’s fees if one is required to review property and asset value. To learn what your divorce expenses may be, speak with our approachable attorney Lana Panagoulia today.

Can we get divorced out of court?

You should be able to finalize a divorce through mediation where a neutral third party helps you settle disputes like child visitation and assets. If you do not have children or a great amount of assets, and your divorce is uncontested, you may be able to get divorced without appearing in court. For more details on how to divorce out of court, contact our astute divorce lawyer in Ann Arbor today.

How long will a divorce take?

The length of time it takes to complete a divorce can range from three to 12 months, but it is dependent on many factors. High-asset divorces can be more complex and take more time due to the amount of assets.

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Accurate information is crucial, as is the family law attorney you choose. Let attorney Panagolia assist you in the legal process for fair and efficient marriage dissolution and other family law concerns. To arrange a consultation, call the Lana Panagoulia Law, PLLC, at 734-769-LANA or email us this request form.