As we often say, no divorce is the same as another. The unique factors present in a divorce will influence the timeline. For example, a divorce with broad agreement on issues such as child custody and property division will typically take far less time to resolve than a divorce where critical issues are litigated.
When it comes to the cost of divorce, time is money. Cases that require litigation take longer and result in more legal expenses. It is far more expensive to go to court than it is to resolve issues amicably through negotiation and mediation.
Child support amounts are determined by a statutory formula that considers each party’s financial means and the needs of their child. Like any equation, garbage in equals garbage out. Therefore, it is crucial to ensure that accurate information is used to create a support arrangement that reflects the actual reality of the situation.
You likely will not get “full custody”. The law presumes that it is best – with few exceptions – for children to have a relationship with both parents. Therefore, unless one parent presents a danger to a child due to abuse, it is doubtful that one parent will receive sole physical custody of a child. There are two types of custody in Michigan: legal custody and parenting time (physical custody). Legal custody covers the right of parents to make parenting decisions about their child’s health and wellbeing, while custodial covers where the child lives. Even in cases where one parent has primary custodial custody, it is expected that parents will share legal custody.
No. While the value of financial assets drives the need for many prenuptial agreements, they can effectively protect the interests of all parties regardless of their means. Prenuptial or postnuptial agreements can be customized to your unique situation and goals, whether you seek to protect yourself from a partner’s previous debts or preserve an inheritance for your adult children.
If you are unmarried, you do not benefit from the presumption that a woman’s husband is the child’s father. It will be necessary to prove your paternity and make arrangements to provide child support to have access to parenting time.