If you are married with no children, the soonest you can get divorced is 60 days after the filing of your complaint for divorce. If you have children under the age of 18 the waiting period is 6 months after the filing of your complaint for divorce except that the Court may waive upon motion by a party that the 6- month waiting period will cause an unusual hardship showing. MCL 552.9f. The hardship factors vary and not all Judges grant the waiver of the 6-month waiting period. An experienced attorney will know once a Judge is assigned whether you will qualify for a waiver of the six months or they can find out by inquiry. It is important to note that some Judges require the filing of a formal motion while others will accept an oral request on the final court date.
As you can see the date you file your complaint is very important because it is the date used as a marker to determine when you can be divorced at your earliest. You want to inquire of the attorney you hire when you can expect for your complaint for divorce to be filed once you hire the attorney. At Cannon Law PLC we file your complaint for divorce as soon as possible and in some cases on the very day or within 48 hours of you coming into office or once you hire the firm and provide the necessary information. We are also moving forward with technology and use electronic signatures which you can access on your phone to make sure your complaint is filed as soon as possible. The process of the complaint by the Court also makes a difference. Most Courts can process your complaint within one to two days of the filing. It is taking Wayne County about 30 days to process complaints as of November 2021.