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Getting a divorce without your spouse’s help

On Behalf of | Oct 19, 2022 | Divorce

It’s possible that your spouse won’t take the news that you want a divorce all that well. In fact, there is a chance that they will refuse to engage in the process in a good faith manner or at all. However, Michigan law allows you to end your marriage regardless of how your spouse feels.

Take some time

It’s important to note that your spouse may eventually come around to the idea that the marriage is over. Any initial objection on your partner’s part may simply be a way to protect against the negative emotions they may experience upon hearing the news. As the shock fades, it may be easier to deal with what is going to happen next, and your spouse may also come to the conclusion that it’s better to engage in the process as opposed to letting a judge decide what happens.

Abandonment is grounds for divorce

If your spouse leaves before you have a chance to serve papers, that can be cited as a reason for the divorce. In such a scenario, you’ll be given a summary judgment or a similar decision in your favor. It’s worth noting that the structure of a settlement generally doesn’t change because your spouse leaves or does not answer a divorce petition in a timely manner.

If you are interested in getting a divorce, you can file a petition to do so at any time. Ideally, you will gather tax documents, credit card statements and other information prior to doing so. Doing so may make it easier to show that you are entitled to marital property, alimony or child support payments.