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In Michigan the Courts do not have hard and fast rules when deciding whether to award spousal support (what most people call alimony). However, there are twelve factors a Judge takes in to consideration when deciding whether alimony should be awarded: (1) the past relations and conduct of the parties, (2) the length of the marriage, (3) the abilities of the parties to work, (4) the source and amount of property awarded to the parties, (5) the parties' ages, (6) the abilities of the parties to pay alimony, (7) the present situation of the parties, (8) the needs of the parties, (9) the parties' health, (10) the prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others, (11) contribut
You have probably heard that Michigan is a “no fault” State when it comes to Divorce. In general, it means that married couples are free to get a divorce without it being anyone’s fault. It is a good thing because you are not forced to be married to someone you do not want to be married to!
If you are looking for a divorce attorney, you may notice the ads that reference or advertise “un-contested” divorces. These firms may also advertise or quote you very inexpensive retainers and/or fees for your divorce. An un-contested divorce is one where people agree on the terms of what their divorce will look like. This includes things like child custody, parenting time, property settlement including personal property, retirement accounts and the sale o