Grand Rapids Divorce Lawyer

More than 10+ Years Experience in Family Law

Divorce is never an easy situation, but having a reliable advocate on your side can go a long way in making the process smoother and end quicker. Regardless of whether the divorce is contested or uncontested, it is in your best interests to speak with an attorney early in the process to get an evaluation of your situation from an experienced legal perspective. At The Law Offices of Wayne F. Crowe, Jr., P.C., we offer free initial consultations with our knowledgeable Grand Rapids divorce attorney. This is a chance for you to tell us about your situation and learn more about the divorce process. If you decide that you would like legal representation and become a client, we can help you to plan out your next steps.

Call (616) 202-3988 or contact us online to schedule your free consultation at The Law Offices of Wayne F. Crowe, Jr., P.C.

Navigating the Michigan Legal System

Every state has different rules and regulations for divorce. If this is your first time getting divorced in the state of Michigan, having an attorney help you understand the various legal procedures can be a major benefit.

The basics of divorce in Michigan:

  • You must be a resident of Michigan for 180 days before filing for divorce in the state. Only the person filing for divorce must meet this criteria.
  • If you have no minor children, you must wait 60 days before finalizing the divorce. If you do have children, the waiting period is usually 6 months unless there are special circumstances.
  • Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning you do not need grounds for divorce other than stating that there has been a breakdown in the marriage.
  • If there is a dispute in how to divide property, spouses may begin making fault claims against each other in order to obtain more. This is one reason you always want an attorney representing you in these matters.
  • If you took your spouse’s surname at the time of marriage, you can have it changed back at the time of divorce or change it to something completely different.
  • Spouses cannot be legally remarried until a divorce is finalized.

As stated above, the waiting period to finalize divorce can take time. Couples sometimes attempt to reconcile their differences during this time, in which case we can also assist you with legal separation or mediation counsel.

Call Today For Your Free Consultation

Even when a divorce is amicable at first, the situation can take many turns as the situation progresses. If you do not have an attorney already you should at least have one in mind in case you need professional legal assistance. Call (616) 202-3988 today to schedule your free consultation with our Grand Rapids divorce attorney. We go above and beyond to protect our clients’ futures.