Did you know that you can get a divorce in Michigan in as little as 60 days if there are no children involved? When there are children involved, there is a six-month waiting period prescribed by statute before a divorce can be granted. This helps ensure the parents have carefully considered all of their options and that reconciliation, if possible, has a chance to occur. In Michigan, if the parties have resolved all issues and convince the judge that the differences are irreconcilable, the six month waiting period can be waived if it is determined to be in the best interest of the minor children. However, the 60 day waiting period can never be waived.
What Issues Can Arise to Make Divorces Take Longer to be Granted?
You may be amazed to learn that a divorce can be achieved in anywhere from 60 days to six months. This is because while it is possible in theory, in practice divorces often take significantly longer. The length of the divorce proceeding is directly related to the complexity of the issues that the parties are contesting and the level of civility, or lack thereof, between the parties. The more animosity that is injected into the divorce process, the longer a divorce settlement takes. In Michigan the Supreme Court was provided that divorces with minor children must be concluded in one year and divorces without minor children must be concluded in nine months.
What Can you do to Speed up your Divorce?
You might now be wondering what you can do to achieve a divorce in the quick time period allowed by Michigan law. It is quite possible for you to have a divorce in 60 days or six months, depending on if there are minor children involved or not.
Almost all divorces end in a settlement between the parties. The faster the parties can agree, the faster the divorce process can be completed. The more prepared you are in advance of initial negotiations for custody and asset division, the smoother the process will go and the more likely you will be to obtain the quick divorce you are seeking. Fighting with your spouse or the court slows the process and long, protracted disagreements about assets or custody issues can result in the long, drawn-out divorce processes most of us are familiar with.
The facts surrounding every divorce proceeding are different and it is impossible to say in advance how long anyone’s divorce will take. Child custody, child support, property division, and spousal support are all issues that often lead to disagreement and prolong divorce proceedings. The easier these issues are to resolve, the faster your divorce will go. If you are really motivated to settle quickly, it might be worth investigating whether or not your situation is appropriate for mediation or other types of non-adversarial or alternative dispute resolution.
Contact the Law Offices Of Michael A. Robbins Today
To get a better understanding of how long your divorce is likely to take, you should contact an experienced Michigan divorce attorney, who can review the facts of your case and provide you with an educated guess of what to expect. Call 248-646-7980 or contact the firm by email to set up a no-obligation consultation. Located in Bloomfield Hills, Mr. Robbins accepts cases in the Tri-County area of Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties and throughout the state.