A divorce can be filed after living in Michigan for 180 days and in the county of filing for at least 10 days.The length of your divorce will depend greatly on how contested the issues in your divorce are.Every divorce in Michigan has a 60-day waiting period, and a divorce with minor children has a 6-month waiting period. In order to enter a Judgment of Divorce, a judge must take evidence on the record in the form of the testimony of the parties that satisfies the judge that the objects of matrimony are destroyed.Usually, the restoration of a maiden name is included in your final judgment of divorce.After the judgment is filed with the court, you can proceed with changing your name with the federal government (social security office) and the state (Michigan Secretary of State). An annulment is a declaration that a marriage never took place.Maintenance, called spousal support or alimony in Michigan, is at the discretion of the judge.
However, fault can come into play when dividing marital property or when one party asks for spousal support or alimony.
Fault is just one of 14 factors a judge will look at when determining what is fair in the division of property and whether spousal support should be awarded.
Judges in Michigan look at what are called the Parrish factors to determine if spousal support should be awarded.
The factors include the length of the marriage, the actions of the parties, the property division, the health of the parties, the parties’ ability to work, fault and general principles of equity. A woman’s maiden surname can be restored by court order.
In Michigan, an annulment can be granted for marriages that are void from the beginning, such as in the case of bigamy, a marriage between closely related relatives, or a marriage to a person who is unable to enter a contract of marriage.An annulment can also be granted for a voidable marriage, which includes a marriage by a person under the age of consent or if the consent to marry was obtained by fraud or force.