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Division of Property in Michigan Divorce: What to Expect

Jun 16, 2016

A key step in the process of obtaining a divorce in Michigan is to separate your property so that each person in the marriage is given a fair and equitable split. The state will work to ensure that this is done to the best level possible within the court system. Additionally, if you are making decisions with your soon to be ex and come to an agreement, the court may approve your wishes on how to divide the property. However, there are various factors at play here that you need to know about.

What Factors Determine Fairness?

Generally, both parties are considered equals when entering into the divorce process. The division of property, then, is done fairly between the two. However, there are some situations in which the court will need to determine who gets what based on various factors in the divorce case. The court will consider the entire situation rather than just one aspect of it.

Key factors that the Michigan courts take into consideration when it comes to making decisions include the following:

  • Each of the spouse’s ability to earn money
  • The conduct and relations of the spouses individually
  • The needs and circumstances in each spouse’s life
  • The contributions made by each spouse during the marriage
  • The length of time the two were married
  • Any other factor that may shed light onto the marriage

If you do not agree with the terms of your divorce especially the way the court has ruled to divide property, it is very important to work with a qualified attorney who can help you to appeal such decisions. This is important to especially when you feel your rights have been violated or the whole story hasn’t been told. It is possible to appeal these decisions and see changes especially when circumstances change. Do not overlook the importance of working with a Michigan divorce attorney throughout these legal proceedings.



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