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Divorce can be the most trying period in a man’s life. Domestic litigation firm Cordell & Cordell hopes to make it easier for you and your children. Our divorce attorneys focus entirely on men’s divorce, child custody, paternity, modification, and other family law issues.

Cordell & Cordell’s divorce lawyers for men in Michigan offer legal representation throughout the state with offices in Ann ArborGrand Rapids, Lansing, Southfield, and Troy. Our divorce attorneys are committed to delivering the best result possible, and we fight to be a partner men can count on.

To schedule an appointment, call 1-866-DADS-LAW or the numbers listed to the right to your local office.

Michigan Divorce FAQ

What are the grounds for filing for divorce in Michigan?

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. In order to file for divorce, a party only needs to allege that there has been a break down of the marriage relationship to the extent that the bonds of matrimony cannot be preserved.

How much will my divorce cost?

The cost of a divorce in Michigan will vary greatly depending on the county you are in, how contested your divorce is, and the attorneys involved.

Can I annul my marriage?

Yes, but only under limited circumstances. An annulment is a declaration that a marriage never took place. In Michigan, an annulment can be granted for marriages that are void from the beginning, such as in the case of bigamy, a marriage between closely related relatives, or a marriage to a person who is unable to enter a contract of marriage. An annulment can also be granted for a voidable marriage, which includes a marriage by a person under the age of consent or if the consent to marry was obtained by fraud or force. Not finding the answer you are looking for? Browse our entire Michigan Divorce FAQ.

Michigan Child Custody Questions

Who will get custody of our child?

The Michigan Child Custody Act presumes it is in the best interests of a child to have a strong relationship with both parents. Courts in Michigan use twelve factors called the best interest factors to determine what custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child/children involved. The court must look at the parenting situation before the divorce or custody case was filed. The court has to make a determination if there is an established custodial environment with either parent or both parents. An established custodial environment is a physical and a psychological environment that develops over an appreciable time and significant duration. If there is an established custodial environment, the party petitioning the court to change it has to prove that the change is in the child’s best interests by clear and convincing evidence.

Can a parent refuse visitation?

No. Visitation and child support are separate entities. If you have not received a child support payment you should contact the Michigan Friend of the Court for the county where your child support order was entered. The Friend of the Court has the ability to garnish wages to help collect child support. If visitation or parenting time was established under a court order, you could be held in contempt for not allowing the visitation.

Can I modify custody?

If the parents cannot agree on a custody arrangement the court will hold a trial. At the trial, each party can present evidence regarding why their proposed custody arrangement is in the best interests of the child. The court can adopt one party’s proposed custody arrangement or order any custody arrangement it feels is in the child’s best interests. Not finding the answer you are looking for? Browse our entire Michigan Child Custody FAQ.