Divorce Lawyers Birmingham
We represent women in 9 counties: Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer and St. Clair.
Exclusively Representing Women in Michigan for Over 25 Years
The Law Firm of Victoria has decades of experience helping women through divorce and family law matters in Birmingham. Whether you are ending a long-term marriage, dealing with complications relating to marital property or post-judgment issues, are fighting for child custody or child support, or have an otherwise complex case, The Law Firm of Victoria can help you. Call our divorce and family law attorneys in Birmingham today and discuss your case.
Our firm believes to truly excel in the practice of law and provide the best possible representation for our clients, it is crucial to dedicate our focus exclusively to family law. Our family law attorneys will provide clients with heartfelt and compassionate counsel and work tirelessly to ensure you receive the positive outcome you seek
Consultations with a family law attorney are available in-person and by phone for FREE, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at (248) 780-1775
Our firm believes to truly excel in the practice of law and provide the best possible representation for our clients, it is crucial to dedicate our focus exclusively to family law. Our family law attorneys will provide clients with heartfelt and compassionate counsel and work tirelessly to ensure you receive the positive outcome you seek.
Consultations with an attorney are available in-person and by phone for FREE, so please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team at (248) 780-1775. We proudly support local women and offer our experience and insights to help you get through your divorce.
How Does Divorce Work in Birmingham, MI?
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state and the grounds for divorce are provided by statute as follows:
- There has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the object of matrimony has been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.
- However, fault is not irrelevant and may be relevant to specific issues including child custody, spousal support, and property division.
- You must be a resident of the state for at least 180 days before being able to file.
- The best interests of the children are always an important consideration in any divorce.
How Is Jurisdiction Determined in Michigan?
Jurisdiction is the power of the court to decide a matter of controversy. In order for a court in the State of Michigan to have jurisdiction to decide your case, you or your husband must have resided in the state for 180 days and the country for 10 days preceding the filing of the complaint. Your family law attorney from The Law Firm of Victoria will answer any concerns you may have regarding establishing residency in Birmingham, MI.
How Long Will the Divorce Process Take?
The duration of a divorce case depends upon whether or not the parties have children.
- No Minor Children: If the parties share no minor children, a final judgment cannot be entered until the expiration of 60 days from the time of the filing of the complaint. However, it may take 4-6 months.
- Minor Children: If the parties share minor children, a final judgment cannot be entered until the expiration of 6 months from the day the complaint is filed and must be completed within 1 year.
These required time periods are a minimum. However, depending on the complexity and the cooperation or non-cooperation of the parties, it can take longer to resolve the case and enter a final judgment. Your family law attorney from The Law Firm of Victoria can give you a more accurate timetable regarding how long your own divorce would take
How Do I Begin the Divorce Process?
A divorce case starts once you file a summons and complaint with the appropriate court. Depending on the circumstances of your situation, various documents may also be filed.
Does it matter who files first?
It may be a good strategy to file for divorce first. This can protect your rights and prevent your husband from liquidating bank accounts, incurring debt, and removing children from the marital home by filing certain ex parte orders with the court.
Once a summons is issued by the court, the opposing party must be given notice of the pending case. Notice is given by serving the opposing party with the summons and complaint, and any ex parte orders that have been signed by the judge. Once the opposing party receives notice of the pending case they have 21 or 28 days, depending on the method of service, to file an answer with the court. If the opposing party does not file an answer they will be in default and may not be able to participate in the court proceedings.
Working with a divorce attorney from The Law Firm of Victoria means you will have experienced and dedicated legal representation. Your divorce attorney will recommend putting in place any strategies that will yield the optimal results for you. Schedule a consultation today.
How We Can Help Women with The Divorce Process
Divorce is a sensitive matter and when you are ready to put an end to a relationship that is causing you so much grief, you want someone who can guide you through this difficult stage with expertise, confidence, and discretion.
A wide list of sensitive matters will be discussed, such as property division, spousal support, or child custody and support. These are not topics that should be handled without serious thought, because their resolution will have an effect on you and your children’s life.
Choosing an attorney from The Law Firm of Victoria means you have someone that will make you feel comfortable, someone in whom you can confide the most delicate aspects of a marriage.
Trust and comfort are the glue that holds your relationship with your attorney together. You should aim to work with someone you trust and whom you feel comfortable with. That is what we offer at The Law Firm of Victoria. Call us today to get a free initial consultation.
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