Ruth Noble, Michigan Divorce Attorney

Frequently Asked Questions Answered By Our Divorce Attorney:

    Michigan divorce attorney, Ruth Noble answers some frequently asked questions.
  • What is No-Fault Divorce?  It is the termination of a marriage by the court without regard to which party was at fault for the break-up of the marriage. However, fault may be discussed as a factor in regard to property division, spousal support and child custody.
  • What are the Grounds for Divorce Under This Law?  There is only one, "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."
  • Does a Person Have a Right to Contest the Granting of Divorce Filed Against Him or Her?  Yes, but the possibility of successfully preventing a divorce is not probable.
  • If My Spouse Files for Divorce Against Me, and Since I Probably Cannot Prevent Him or Her from Getting a Divorce, Do I Need A Lawyer?  In most cases, there is more to divorce than merely getting divorced.  Additional considerations determined in these legal proceedings include property rights, custody and support with regard to the children and alimony for either spouse.
  • Do I Need An Attorney If There Are No Children Or Property Involved?  An attorney will be beneficial in handling such questions as who is legally responsible for debts, or if either spouse qualifies for alimony.  All cases are different and provision of a judgement of divorce should be tailored for each individual.
  • Which Party is Generally Awarded Custody of the Minor Children When the Divorce is Granted and How Is Support for the Minor Children Determined?  Custody is determined by what is in the best interests of the children.  This may change as the children get older.  Custody can be changed or modified even after the divorce judgement is entered.  The amount of support will be determined by the court if the parties cannot agree on an amount.  The court's determinations based on the needs of the children and child support guidelines may be taken into consideration.  
  • Is Alimony Still Awarded and Who Qualifies For It?  Alimony may be awarded in certain cases.  Such cases usually involve a long marriage and when the wife or husband is unable to fully support herself or himself.
  • What Factors Will the Court Consider When It Comes to the Division of Property?   The court will consider: length of marriage, the value of property brought into the marriage, the property accumulated during the marriage, whether any of the property came into the marriage by inheritance, the value of the property of the parties, the health of the husband and wife, which one will receive custody of the children, the ability of each party to be self-supporting, fault and what is otherwise just and fair.
  • Can a Wife in a Divorce Obtain a Court Order Which Forces the Husband to Leave the Residence Where They are Living?  Only in a case where there is a very good likelihood that by staying in the house the husband may cause severe harm to the wife or to the children, or where the husband has violated the provisions of a court ordered injunction to protect the wife or children.

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Seward, Tally & Piggott, P.C.

1009 Washington Ave.

Bay City, MI 48708

Phone: 989-892-6551

Fax: 989-892-1568

Hours: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and by special appointment

We are located across the street from the Post Office and Court House.