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Family Law

What is the definition of a marriage? What are the legalities of marriage in the State of Michigan?

In November, 2004, the State of Michigan voters approved definition of a marriage as a union between one man and one woman in the state constitution

On June 26, 2015, The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that states cannot ban same-sex marriage. Married same-sex couples as of June 26, 2015, enjoy the same legal rights and benefits as married heterosexual couples nationwide and are recognized on official documents such as birth and death certificates.

This civil contract between a man and a woman or same-sex couples requires a marriage license from a state-authorized official and in order to have a legal formal, private or religious wedding ceremony.

I am getting divorced. Do I need an attorney and why?

Consulting with an attorney is a good idea when you have significant life changes, such as a divorce. A lawyer will protect your rights and, if you have children, a lawyer will also make certain your children's rights are protected.

Do I need legal reasons or grounds to obtain a divorce?

No. Michigan is a no-fault State. The statute forbids either party from stating in the complaint, or answer, the reason for the breakdown.

How are assets divided in a divorce?

If spouses cannot determine how assets will be divided, then the court will make the determination as it thinks equitable. It begins with an assumption that debts and assets are to be divided equally and then considers other factors that may justify a different ratio.