Legal Separation And Divorce Help
When marital relationships dissolve, most people consider divorce the next logical step. However, divorce is not the only answer for couples. Although legal separation is not recognized in Michigan, there is a separate maintenance action that presents an opportunity to end the relationship without the permanence or difficulty of a divorce.
Whether your religious beliefs prohibit divorce or you need insurance coverage through your spouse’s policy, I can help you fully explore your options and as an experienced family law attorney I can answer all of your family law questions. Call my office for a free initial consultation: 586-415-0093
An Available Alternative To Divorce
Separate maintenance provides couples the opportunity to live separate lives while remaining legally married. In Michigan, separation is not required prior to divorce. It is considered an alternative to divorce.
In essence, the process of separate maintenance is similar to divorce because many of the underlying elements are the same. Couples must file a separate maintenance action with the court and address:
- Property division
- How to allocate pensions
- Determining fair spousal support
- Creating viable plans for child custody
- Child support, Michigan state regulations and extenuating circumstances.
After the court has issued the decree, you may find that the separate maintenance is not working for your situation. You can still file for divorce after a judgment for separate maintenance has been entered.
Legally Protect Your Interests
Although resolutions can be reached through negotiation, occasionally communication does break down. Rest assured, I am an experienced trial lawyer who will fight to protect your best interests. Please contact me at The Law Offices of Julie Hlywa to arrange a free consultation. You can call my office at 586-415-0093 and speak with me about your case.
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