Divorce

A divorce is a legal process to end a marriage
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Divorce is a legal process for ending a marriage.

In the state of Michigan, a court must find that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship to the extent that there is no reasonable likelihood that the parties can preserve the marriage.

Without children involved, the minimum time period to complete a divorce in Michigan is 60 days. With children, it is 180 days, although there are times when the court will waive the waiting period.

Most marriages take much longer to dissolve. This is because the spouses must negotiate details of their life from the marriage, and how that will be divided up after the divorce is final.

Most cases take 6-9 months to complete, although some complicated situations take longer.

A divorce can take 6-9 months to complete
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The process of ending a marriage is not only a legal one, but an emotional one, too. Your lawyer should be someone you trust to guide you through the ups and downs of this highly vulnerable time.

You want to choose someone who is always looking out for your best interests as well as those of your entire family.

As of 2018 (according to Centers for Disease Control data), the marriage rate in the United States is 6.5 per 1,000, while the divorce rate is 2.9 per 1,000. This is known as the “crude divorce rate.”

Here is a resource on Marriage and Divorce from the American Psychological Association.