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jurisdiction michigan divorce femminineo attorneysYou live in Macomb County. You and your ex lived together in Macomb. But your marriage is ending and he or she has moved out – and moved away. If your ex files for divorce first, guess what? Your divorce will take place in the court that has jurisdiction over their new place of residence. Before you get a divorce in Michigan, make sure you know where that divorce will be heard.

Understanding Jurisdiction

Divorce is complicated enough without it being held in a completely inconvenient place. That’s why jurisdiction is such a critical part of any divorce case. Jurisdiction refers to the court that will be hearing your divorce case. In Michigan, all divorce cases are heard in the circuit court of the county where the person who files for divorce resides.

Meeting Residency Requirements

Now, your ex can’t simply rent a hotel room all the way in Mason County (or another state of the union) and file for divorce in that jurisdiction that day. Residency requirements must be met, and that means:

  • The person who files for divorce must be a Michigan resident for at least 180 days.
  • One or both spouses must be a resident of county in which a divorce is filed for at least 10 days prior to the filing.
  • Whatever court your divorce case begins in, that is where it will end, even if someone moves far away.

Jurisdiction by Spite

Jurisdiction is usually only a concern for someone who has moved recently, plans to move soon, or worries that their soon-to-be ex will be picking up roots and going elsewhere. Certainly, it’s happened that a household separates and one-half of a couple moves their life to another Michigan county – and then they file for divorce.

Sometimes people who can’t decide if they should file first for a divorce find themselves caught when their ex, who is in an inconvenient location, files first. When jurisdiction is in any way a question or variable, it is always smart to file first and keep the divorce proceedings where they are convenient for you.

Jurisdiction may not seem like a big deal right now, but you don’t want to be forced to rearrange your life to make it to a hearing. Your job, your kids, your obligations – you’re already managing a new existence on your own with your ex out of the house. The last thing you want to do is include travel time and all the inconveniences of having to show up in a different jurisdiction to ride out your divorce case.

Make Sure Your Michigan Divorce Happens Where You Want It To

Where you live matters when it comes to divorce. That’s why you want a divorce lawyer who can guide you on all the major decision-making you will have to do throughout your proceedings. Jurisdiction not only affects where your divorce takes place, it plays a role in the court’s determination of child custody and parenting time too. Contact Femminineo Attorneys PLLC in Mount Clemens for your initial consultation with an experienced Michigan divorce lawyer.


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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