What are the Grounds for Divorce?

Only One Ground for Divorce in Michigan

Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, but the term “no-fault,” may be misleading. If the parties reach a final settlement on all issues, fault is not a factor. If, however, there is a dispute as to alimony (spousal support), property division, parenting times, or child custody issues, fault may become an active ingredient in resolving the case. For these reasons, a review of the indiscretions of the parties or other matters related to fault may be necessary. Michigan has a single ground for divorce, which requires that “there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”

Some judges require a detailed showing of the marital breakdown, i.e., a showing that the matrimonial objects have been destroyed and there is no chance for a reconciliation. Other judges require only one brief recitation of the facts, or merely an assertion that the marriage is broken and that the couple will never again reside as Husband and Wife.

Protecting Your Privacy

Your attorneys understand that your privacy is important, and will work with you to protect it. However, you should understand and be prepared for the possibility that, depending on the facts of your case and the judge to which your case is assigned, it may be necessary to discuss these facts with your attorney, so that he or she can adequately plan and prepare your claim.