How to File for Divorce in Michigan

How to File for Divorce in Michigan

by Edward Haman


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781572484672
Publisher: Sourcebooks
Publication date: 10/01/2004
Series: Sphinx Legal Series
Pages: 304
Product dimensions: 8.54(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.78(d)

About the Author

Edward A. Haman received his bachelor’s degree from Western Michigan University and his law degree from the University of Toledo. He has practiced law in Florida, Michigan, and Hawaii, and has served as a Michigan Circuit Court domestic relations hearing officer. He has written or coauthored numerous self-help law books, ranging from titles that are national in scope as well as state-specific subjects.

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books


Chapter 1: Marriage Ins and Outs
Legal Separation
Wanting a Divorce
Alternatives to Divorce

Chapter 2: The Legal System
Theory versus Reality
Divorce Law and Procedure
Legal Research

Chapter 3: Lawyers
Wanting a Lawyer
Selecting a Lawyer
Evaluating a Lawyer
Working with a Lawyer

Chapter 4: Evaluating Your Situation
Your Spouse
Gathering Information
Property and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support
Which Procedure to Use

Chapter 5: General Procedures
An Introduction to Legal Forms
Filing with the Court Clerk
Notifying Your Spouse
The Friend of the Court
Setting a Court Hearing
Courtroom Manners

Chapter 6: Consent Divorce
Complaint for Divorce
Verified Statement
Marital Settlement Agreement
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Affidavit
Answer and Waiver
Judgment of Divorce
Record of Divorce or Annulment
Income Withholding

Chapter 7: Uncontested Divorce
Complaint for Divorce
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Affidavit
Verified Statement
Default, Application, Entry, Affidavit
Request for Certificate of Military Service Status
Obtaining Information
Withdrawing an Answer
If You Reach a Settlement
Notice of Hearing
Judgment of Divorce

Chapter 8: Contested Divorce
Obtaining Information
Property and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Spousal Support
If You Reach a Settlement

Chapter 9: The Court Hearing
The Hearing

Chapter 10: When You Cannot Find Your Spouse
The Diligent Search
Preparing and Filing Court Papers

Chapter 11: Temporary Support, Custody, and Visitation Orders
Types of Forms
Temporary Custody
Temporary Child Support
Temporary Parenting Time (Visitation)
Temporary Spousal Support (Alimony)
Ex Parte Orders
Entering Orders

Chapter 12: Special Circumstances
When You Cannot Afford Court Costs
Protecting Yourself and Your Children
Protecting Your Property
Pension Plans
Defending Yourself


Appendix A: Michigan Statutes and Court Rules

Appendix B: Michigan Child Support Guidelines

Appendix C: Worksheets

Appendix D: Forms


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