Divorce

Divorce Law in Traverse CityJohn W. Tilley Attorney at Law of Traverse City, MI specializes in divorce law. These proceedings can range from drawn-out court battles to a simple agreement between parties. Whether multi-million dollar properties are involved or not, a marriage can only be legally ended in a divorce that determines who is entitled to property, how child custody will be handled, and things like visitation rules and child support. John W. Tilley is experienced in handling all types of litigation and adjusts his fees appropriately.

Divorce law includes:

● No Fault Divorce—Michigan is a no fault divorce state, which means that an individual can file for separation without proving their partner acted in a harmful or disparaging manner. This essentially allows a person to end their marriage at any time if they feel the relationship is no longer in their best interests. If the two parties come together and agree on the terms of the divorce, the divorce can be handled outside of a trial.

● The Waiting Period—There is a mandatory waiting period of 60 days before a divorce can be settled. The period is extended to 6 months if minor children are involved. The intent of the waiting period is to give both parties time to “cool off” and enter the divorce proceedings in a clear state of mind. Divorces can be the result of a variety of incidents where passions become heated. It is in the best interests of all parties to not take ending a marriage lightly.

● The Court—Every divorce case must appear before a judge. If a trial is involved, there will be more frequent court appearances. The parties must be available and present for all court dates.

Divorce law can have unexpected twists and turns, making it invaluable for you to hire representation for your proceedings.

This way all parties ensure their rights are protected. Ask how the law office of John W. Tilley can help with divorce today!