Divorce is very serious. It's the ending of a marriage, and can also be the ending of a family if there are children involved. Either way, it's rough both mentally and financially. There can be significant hardships that come about when one spouse wants a divorce and the other does not, but even spouses who agree to divorce can struggle with the ramifications of the decisions. Whether you've filed for divorce or been served with papers by your spouse, you need a Michigan Family Law attorney to help you get through the process in the best way possible for everyone involved.
At The Law Offices of Janelle J. Zawaideh, we have Family Law attorneys ready to take your call. You can get a free consultation, so you don't have to spend any money to find out where you stand and what your options might be. From there, you can make a decision about which direction you'd like to take. Feel free to call us with divorce questions, even if you're not sure whether you're going to file. Sometimes, getting a few questions answered can help you decide if filing for divorce is the right choice for you and your spouse.
If you're planning on being the one to file for divorce, you should know that Michigan requires you to live in the state for 180 days before you file. If you haven't been a resident for that long you can get everything ready that you'll need when filing, but you won't be able to actually start divorce proceedings. Talking with a lawyer can help you determine your proof of residency, along with how and when you want to file and have the other party served. The more you know about filing and how the process will work, the better off you'll be.
When you're the one who has received divorce papers, they could be expected or something you didn't see coming at all. Either way, we're here to help you through the process. Even the most amicable of divorces can turn bad very quickly, so make sure you're focused on what you need to do in order to protect yourself and your interests. You don't want to assume that everyone will be friendly, and then find out that you're in serious trouble because you don't have legal representation. Get a lawyer right away, so you're protected.
You can also get a much better understanding of the law when you have an attorney working with you. Call us today, and we can get started on any questions or concerns you might have. If there are children involved, divorce can become a lot more complicated. You want to protect them and make sure they're provided for, so keep that in mind as you go through the process. People can get very focused on the divorce itself, but there's more to the issue than that. We're here to help you remember that and sort it out so everyone is treated fairly.
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