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Michigan Divorce Judgment
The formal written document that states a couple is officially and legally divorced is called the “divorce judgment” or “judgment of divorce.” A judgment of divorce is prepared by your Michigan divorce lawyer and contains information that is unique to your case. This important document is presented to the court after negotiation, mediation, or, in some cases, trial. Once settlement is reached, the judgment will be entered by the court as the final decree granting your divorce.
Contents of a Michigan Divorce Judgment
A Michigan divorce judgment contains clauses that deal with all matters of your split, detailing every legal facet of the dissolution of your marriage. All important matters are dictated in the judgment about both parties’ rights and obligations, including:
- Child custody: Clarifies whether parents have joint or sole custody, legal or physical custody, and specifies living arrangements and obligations in caring for the child.
- Child support: Details who pays, how they pay, who receives, how much, and how often.
- Parenting time: Spells out a specific visitation schedule for regular days, holidays, special occasions, birthdays, school breaks, summer, and vacations.
- Spousal support: Details who pays, how they pay, who receives, how much, and how often.
- Division of property: Identifies how the marital property is divided, from the family home to other real estate, vehicles to household goods.
- Debts: Details who owes what to whom and when, including loans, credit cards, mortgages, and bills.
- Other financial matters: Insurance, retirement, and all other financial considerations are spelled out, resolved, divvied up, or dissolved.
The parameters of the divorce judgment must be followed to the letter and all terms are final and enforceable.
When Your Divorce Is Final
The Michigan divorce judgment contains the court order for the dissolution of marriage. This sets out the terms of your Michigan divorce. The marriage is officially terminated on the date that your judge signs the judgment, however, the divorce is only finalized when the court clerk enters the judgment into the court record.
Living Life by Your Michigan Divorce Judgment
The final judgment of divorce is an important document. This issue is the product of months and sometimes years of fact-gathering and negotiation, arguing and backtracking. The divorce process can be long and harrowing depending on the circumstances that prompted the divorce, the agreeableness or animosity between a couple, and the effectiveness of your lawyer or mediator.
The divorce judgment will have an immediate and ongoing effect on your life, controlling how you plan and live your life now and for many years to come, especially if you have children.
It is incredibly essential to work closely with your Michigan divorce attorney and go through your divorce judgment critically so you understand all the language and details. Ask for explanations when you don’t understand something – above all, know exactly what you are agreeing to in your divorce.
Modifying the Divorce Judgment
Property matters in a divorce judgment are typically not modifiable and are usually upheld unless fraud, clerical errors, or unfairness can be adequately proven. It is possible, however, to modify child custody, parenting time, and child support if there has been a demonstrable change in circumstances that make a modification necessary. Spousal support can be modified unless marked as non-modifiable in the initial divorce judgment.
Hire an Experienced Michigan Divorce Lawyer
Are you prepared to file for divorce? Do you want to change your divorce judgment? If you have questions about dissolving your marriage or making adjustments to an existing divorce decree, schedule a consultation with the divorce lawyers at Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC, serving Macomb and the surrounding areas in Michigan.
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.
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.
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.
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. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.
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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