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Filing for divorce in Michigan is easy, settling it is complex

If you're considering filing for divorce, then there's no one-size-fits-all set of requirements that you must meet in order to do so across every single jurisdiction in the United States. There are some standard guidelines you should meet to file for divorce in Michigan though under MCLA 552.1, et seq.

First, at least one of the two of you must have been residing in the state for at least 180 days before you file. It's important that one of you has been living in the county where you submit your petition for divorce for at least 10 days prior to filing as well. There are limited exceptions to these rules.

Make life easier by following these co-parenting tips

Even if you're looking forward to ending your marriage, you realize that co-parenting will bring many challenges into your life. Fortunately, with the right co-parenting tips guiding you, you'll find it much easier to remain on the right track, year after year.

Here are five tips that can make life easier:

  • Prepare for the good and the bad: There will be times when co-parenting is easy, such as when everyone is getting along. But just like that, you'll face a big challenge that has both you and the other parent upset and wondering what will come next. You need to prepare for both the good and bad so that you're never taken off guard.
  • Be flexible: It's hard to remain flexible at all times, but it's a habit you should get into. For example, if the other parent needs you to alter your visitation schedule one weekend, do your best to accommodate his or her request.
  • Keep an open line of communication: This doesn't mean you have to spend a lot of time communicating with your ex-spouse. However, it's nice to know that you have an open line of communication that the two of you are comfortable using. From phone calls to text messages, consider all of your options.
  • Be short and to the point: When you see each other in person, such as when exchanging custody, be short and to the point with your communication. You don't want to come across as rude, but spending too much time together can result in an argument.
  • Work together for the well-being of your child: Co-parenting is all about doing what's best for your child, and you never want to lose sight of this. If you and your ex are arguing, keep in mind that you could be harming your child.

What are some signs that divorce could be in my future?

No one wants to hear their spouse say that they want a divorce. It's just not a pleasant conversation to have, even if you honestly know that the marriage has been in trouble. Even if you understand that it could be in your future, it doesn't make it easier to plan for in Ann Arbor, Michigan. So, what are some signs that divorce could be in your future?

When you spend less and less time with your spouse, divorce could be not so far away in Michigan. Married couples should spent time together. They don't have to be together 24 hours a day, but spending time together is how healthy relationships grow.

When could a parent lose his or her parental rights

Not all Michigan parents are fit to raise children. While courts largely view it to be in the best interest of children to have a mother and father who both spend time as their caregivers, there are circumstances when a parent has various problems that reduce his or her capacity to be a good parent. When these problems are so severe that they endanger the child's welfare, a Michigan court could choose to deny the parent his or her parental rights.

Here are several common reasons why parental rights are denied:

  • Being chronically or severely abusive to the child.
  • Being sexually abusive to the child.
  • Psychologically abusing or torturing the child.
  • Damaging a child emotionally in a severe way.
  • Neglecting to provide the child with food, shelter and other needs.
  • Abandoning the child as a result of extreme disinterest.
  • When the parent has a long-term and serious mental illness.
  • When the parent suffers from drug or alcohol abuse.
  • Having a felony-level conviction relating to a violent crime against a family member.
  • If the parent has been imprisoned for long enough that it prevents the parent from being able to care for the child.
  • The child is at risk in any way if he or she returns to the home of the parent.
  • The parent has induced the child to carry out crimes.
  • The newly born child has an addiction to drugs or alcohol.
  • The parent has given birth to more than two infants affected by drugs.

What you need to know about Michigan spousal support

The employment of spousal support, also referred to as alimony, occurs in cases where it’s necessary to even the economic playing field while the couple adjusts to life apart. If a couple cannot agree to terms of spousal support, determination about eligibility and amount are at the discretion of the Michigan court system. The amount of spousal support allowed is based on a wide variety of factors.


Are you a single person looking to adopt a child?

The traditional view of adoption is that of a male and female couple who take a baby or child in their home. However, times are changing. Considering how many marriages end in divorce, and that a child may end up in a single parent home anyway, why shouldn't single people be able to skip the wedding vows and go straight to having a child through adoption?

In fact, approximately 25 percent of children in the United States are growing up in single-parent homes. Furthermore, approximately one-third of adoptions involve children adopted by single men and women in the United States. Most of the children living in single-parent homes were born to a man and woman couple -- or adopted by or born to a same-sex couple -- but some of them were adopted by 13,000 single women and 1,400 single men.

Helping your teen get through a divorce: 4 tips

No parent really wants to talk about divorce when he or she has a child at home. For most, it would be preferable to have a child "leave the nest" before getting a divorce, but that might not be an option.

As someone with a teen at home, it's in your best interests to do all you can to make your teenager as comfortable with the idea of divorce as possible. Here are a few tips.

Making changes in your parenting style after divorce

You already know that your life is going to change after you go through a divorce. What you may not realize is that your parenting style might also change. This comes for a variety of reasons but it can shock your children when things start to change.

In order to make sure that you are parenting in the way that you want and to help your children adjust to the changes, you need to make a plan for your parenting style. Here are a few tips to help you get started.

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