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    Both parties in a divorce have goals for their split. One may be determined to get the family pet, while another is more concerned about the family car. What happens, though, when both of you want ownership of one particular object – namely, your family home? If coming through your Michigan divorce with the house in your name is a non-negotiable, it’s time to find out how to play ball and get what you want from the dissolution of your marriage.

    1. Know What Is Considered Marital Property

    Property that you and your spouse acquired during your marriage is owned by both of you and is considered marital property. It doesn’t matter whose name is on the deed of your house – if you bought it while legally wed, it’s up for grabs in the divorce. Don’t let your ex make you think you have no right to the home if only their name is on the documentation. If you lived, loved, and played there together with your family, you have just as much right to it as your spouse.

    2. Determine Your Rights to Separate Property

    What if you moved into your spouse’s home after marriage and you didn’t purchase a new place together? You still have rights to that property, especially if you contributed to the growth or improvement of that property during your marriage. That could mean anything from paying for a new roof to improving curb appeal, doing renovations to keeping the place clean and inhabitable for your family. Separate property is a gray area though and can come with plenty of arguments, so you want to be sure and have a savvy Michigan divorce attorney who can help get you what you deserve.

    3. Understand How Equitable Distribution Works

    Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means that divorcing couples are encouraged to come to their own settlement about how marital property is divided. If they can’t figure it out, a judge will make the call. It’s important to understand that “equitable” does not mean “equal,” but simply “fair.” If you can’t agree on who gets the house in your split, when making a determination a judge will consider the length of the marriage, what you both contributed to the marital property, your individual circumstances and needs, age and health of both parties, earning potential, and the conduct of both spouses.

    4. Complete the Paperwork

    Your judgment of divorce will state whether you or your ex will keep the family home in your divorce. However, saying it is not enough. It’s your responsibility to finish the paperwork and ensure that deeds and ownership are officially and legally transferred. Divorce papers typically outline just how long a party has to finalize this transfer. If the date has passed and no moves have been made to change ownership of the family home, a motion can be filed to ask the judge to enforce the judgment of divorce.

    5. Get a Good Michigan Divorce Lawyer

    Just because a divorce decree states orders for both parties to follow doesn’t mean the orders will be followed – advocate for yourself and make sure your Michigan divorce lawyer does too. Contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys for ongoing support before, during, and after your split.


    What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.


    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.


    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.


    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.


    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.


    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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