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Divorce Attorneys Helping You Resolve Complex Disputes

Years of experience handling tough divorce cases in Traverse City

While some law firms might shy away from complicated divorces, we know this is a time when you need wise and skilled attorneys to represent you. The Phelps Legal Group has years of experience helping clients through extremely complex family law cases. We are particularly knowledgeable about divorce cases involving substantial assets, including business ownership interests.

What is the basis for divorce in Michigan?

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means you need to show the court only that there:

  • Has been a breakdown of the marriage
  • Is no likelihood the marriage can be preserved

Family law cases are complicated, and the personal and financial stakes are high. Our attorneys offer you solid advice and support as you make decisions about your divorce.

What are the residency requirements for divorce in Michigan?

You must reside in the state of Michigan for 180 days before you can file a Complaint for Divorce.  Also, either the person filing the complaint or the defendant must have lived in the county where the case is filed for at least 10 days. The court will dismiss your case if you do not meet these requirements. In that event, you can do the following:

  • Wait to file for divorce until you meet the residency requirements.
  • If your spouse meets the requirements and you do not, have them file for divorce.

Our attorneys make sure you understand all the requirements and guide you through the process of filing for divorce.

How long does it take to get a divorce in Michigan?

The length of your divorce case depends on a wide range of factors, including:

  • Contested vs. uncontested — If you and your spouse reach agreement on all aspects of your divorce, the case is uncontested and can be resolved quickly. A divorce does not necessarily have to be amicable to be uncontested. It means that all disputes were able to be settled out of court. A contested divorce is one in which some matters are in dispute and the court must step in to make the final decisions on issues such as child support, child custody, asset division and alimony. An uncontested divorce is less expensive, more convenient and more efficient than a contested divorce.
  • Trial vs. settlement — If your attorney is able to negotiate an agreement with your spouse’s attorney, the case can be resolved without a trial. A trial can add many months to your divorce proceedings. Trials are stressful and expensive, and if you have children, the long process can be hard on them. If you and your partner can agree, settlement is a less contentious and time-consuming process.
  • Michigan waiting periods — There is a minimum two-month waiting period from the date you file for divorce. The waiting period is six months if you have children. The waiting period starts when you file your paperwork. The goal of this time period is to allow for potential reconciliation between you and your spouse, and for the court to investigate your finances and the best parenting schedule for your children. If your case does not settle, the court will schedule your trial and your attorney will need this waiting period to prepare.

The Phelps Legal Group provides seasoned representation in complex divorces. Eric W. Phelps is highly respected and applies his extensive experience to every detail of your case.

Why are high-net worth divorces more complicated?

Divorces are usually complicated, but the circumstances are especially complex when there are substantial assets involved. When wealthy couples divorce, they have many financial matters to consider, especially if they don’t have a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement. If you own a business, that even further complicates the situation. We help you equitably divide all of your assets, including:

  • Investment portfolios
  • Stocks
  • Business assets
  • Retirement accounts
  • Pensions
  • Real estate
  • Luxury vehicles
  • Art collections

We understand the financial implications of getting a divorce for high-net worth couples. We work closely with you to ensure that the division is fair and equitable.

Call us for help with your contested or uncontested divorce

Call the Phelps Law Group today at 877-886-1878 or use our online contact form. We look forward to helping you move on with your life. We serve clients throughout the northern Michigan area. All consultations are confidential.