Each marriage has its own history, emotions, and dynamics that affect the process, the advice given, and the possible resolutions. This is why it is crucial that you consult with an attorney regarding the details and procedures specific to you and your family.
In general, Michigan is a “no-fault” Divorce state, meaning, if one spouse files a Complaint for Divorce and the other spouse does not want the Divorce, the Court will still proceed. The only ground for a Divorce in Michigan is that there is a "breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved."
Once a Divorce is initiated, clients should expect the process to take several months, but usually not more than one (1) year. A Divorce without minor children has a minimum waiting period of 60 days and a Divorce with minor children has a minimum waiting period of 6 months. Sometimes the 6 month waiting period can be waived by the parties, but the overall process of waiving the 6 month period will depend on the particular circumstances of each case, the county where filed, and the specific Judge assigned to your case.
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