Michigan is a no-fault state, which means that you do not need to provide a reason for seeking a divorce. You will not be required to show any wrongdoing on your spouse’s part to have a divorce granted.
In order to obtain a divorce in Michigan, you must declare in your complaint for divorce and testify at your final hearing that you had been a resident of the State of Michigan for 180 days before filing, that you had been a resident of the county in which you filed for 10 days before filing, and that there are “irreconcilable differences”. Irreconcilable differences means that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship so that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there is no likelihood the marriage can be preserved. This must be true at the time of filing and at the time of the final hearing.
To conclude, the only statutory requirement in the State of Michigan to be granted a divorce is that there has been a breakdown in your marriage, and you do not believe your marriage can be preserved. The judge will not ask you details as to what the actual breakdown was. You will just need to state that a breakdown in the marriage exists, and they will grant your request for a divorce.
GRAND RAPIDS COLLABORATIVE DIVORCE ATTORNEY SERVING KENT, OTTAWA, AND ALLEGAN COUNTY.
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