Let’s face it, divorce, at any age, can be painful, confusing, and life-altering; particularly when the divorce is unwanted or children are involved. As Oakland County divorce attorneys, we understand what our clients are experiencing and offer professional and personalized legal assistance throughout the process. Contact us online or call (248) 479-6200. We understand Michigan law. We understand the wide range of divorce situations and the complexities involved. And we understand the specific requirements of the Family Division of the Circuit Court in Oakland County.
What Kind of Divorce Lawyer Do You Need?
Getting through a difficult divorce is going to be much easier if you find the right attorney. Take a look at our attorney profiles and you will know a little bit about our perspectives, our lives, and our litigation philosophies. Generally, there are things that all of the Oakland County divorce attorneys at Kronzek & Cronkright have in common. First, we are all experienced trial attorneys. We don’t have any “kids” just out of law school and we all believe in civility. We don’t pick fights just to stir up the pot. Doing so just raises the cost and we know you have better things to spend your money on. At the same time, we don’t believe in letting our clients get the short end of the stick. While we don’t pick fights, we are always going to be ready for one if that’s what it takes to protect your interests. Finally, we all believe in the benefits of being prepared and working hard. Over the years, we have fine-tuned our approach to family law litigation so that we can get the best possible results for our clients.
Basic Oakland County Divorce Considerations
In Michigan, divorce arises only when “there has been a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.” That means this is the one and only grounds for divorce in Michigan. While it may seem important which spouse is at fault for the break-down of the marriage, it is often insignificant in Michigan courts. Michigan is a no-fault state, meaning that a court can grant a divorce without establishing who is responsible for the breakup. Our many years of experience as Oakland County divorce attorneys have taught us how difficult it can be to understand the confusing language of the law and the divorce process. For this reason, we have made it our goal to not only successfully represent our clients, but also to keep them informed about their cases and explain to them what Michigan law means and requires. We’re with our clients every step of the way.
Divorce requires careful consideration of various factors, like who will have custody of the children, who will live in the current residence, whether spousal support should be granted to either spouse, and how the marital property should be divided. In some divorce cases, there are questions about which assets, bills, or property should be divided. Our experienced and trusted divorce attorneys are aware of these complex issues and carefully address all factors involved in any divorce situation.
We are also prepared to tackle the various procedural issues that arise in divorce cases. Our family law attorneys consider personal jurisdiction, subject matter jurisdiction, prior family law litigation, involvement of minor children, whether either spouse is in the military, the specific type of case to be filed (divorce, separate maintenance, annulment), the need for immediate court orders, and a host of other issues. Learning, understanding, and meeting these procedural requirements can be intimidating for a person facing the emotionally turbulent aspects of divorce. To ensure that all of the procedural issues receive the necessary attention, we step in for our clients and represent them in one of the most troublesome experiences of their lives.
After considering all of the relevant factors, a divorce is begun by the plaintiff’s attorney by drafting the complaint and filing it with the family court. If minor children are involved, there are additional documents that supplement the complaint. After filing, the attorneys determine the most appropriate way to have the complaint served to the defendant. Any court orders that were issued also must be served to the defendant.
How Long Will I Have to Wait for My Divorce?
A divorce without minor children must take a minimum of two months. If the parties do have minor children, the divorce will take a minimum of six months. Courts sometimes waive those requirements in exceptional cases. During the waiting period, the attorneys engage in a process called “discovery”. During discovery, each party must disclose all of the relevant information so that a fair settlement can be reached. That includes all assets, all liabilities, and all retirement plans as well as earnings and other information. After all of the information has been exchanged, our attorneys engage in negotiations trying to avoid the necessity of a divorce trial. A large majority of our firm’s family law cases are settled without trial.
Also during the waiting period, the Friend of the Court gets involved in the case attempting to resolve the physical custody of the minor children, legal custody, parenting time/visitation, and child support. In many cases, the Friend of the Court also assists in making recommendations about spousal support which used to be called alimony. Many, many hours go into getting our clients the best resolution in their divorce case. Years of experience, hundreds of cases, thousands of clients, and countless hours in negotiations and courtrooms are what makes us the right fit for many divorce and custody cases.
If you are considering divorce or are facing a divorce, legal separation, paternity case, child support problem, or alimony dispute you should not proceed alone. Family law can be complicated and should be handled by attorneys who are committed to protecting you and your future. Our Oakland County divorce attorneys are prepared to do just that. Call us now! Our phone number is (248) 479-6200. We are accessible 24/7 for phone consultations and meetings during and after business hours.
Office hours are by appointment only, but we will happily meet you during the day time or evening. Weekend appointments are available as well depending on attorney availability.