Divorce Basics Attorney in Rochester, Michigan

Can you provide a quick overview of the divorce process in Michigan?

Rochester, MI family law attorney Rachael Lewandusky explains how the divorce process works in Michigan.

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so the divorce process in michigan
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starts off with one party filing a
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complaint for divorce
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and then we would have to provide
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service to the other party
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most of the time our clients are still
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amicable with their spouses
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and so we can just have that person come
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into our office or we can go meet them
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at their convenience
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in order to effectuate service so that
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it’s not that typical stereotype where
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someone’s getting served at work and
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it’s
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embarrassing we try to avoid that nobody
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wants to start this process
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off with that hanging over them so once
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service has been completed
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that party has 21 days to respond back
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to the complaint for divorce with an
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answer and then after that financials
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are disclosed so there’s a verified
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financial document that’s filled out by
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both parties
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mutually exchanged among amongst the
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attorneys
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and then what we do in our firm is we
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will sit down with the client we will
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review
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those financial disclosures and then
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we’d start preparing a settlement letter
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so we would provide a settlement offer
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to the opposing party
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settlements can kind of go back and
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forth a couple times depending
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and then if we’re unable to reach a
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settlement the court would order us to
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go to mediation
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majority of the time i would say 99
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percent of the time
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mediators are able to resolve whatever
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the pending issues are amongst the
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parties
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if however mediation is unsuccessful the
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court would then
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say we’re going to go to trial and we
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would move that case forward to
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trial at that time most of the time i
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would say 0.1 percent
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of cases go to trial nobody wants to end
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up in trial however if
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that’s the avenue that it takes we do
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follow our cases through to that level
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and we will participate in trial if we
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need to

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