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Property Division

It is extremely important to arrive at a divorce property division settlement that you are satisfied with because, except in very rare instances, it cannot be modified once the Judgment of Divorce is entered.  The best way to do this is to make sure that all properties and liabilities are discovered and taken into account during the divorce process.

In Michigan, the courts strive to award each party roughly 50% of the marital estate and to maintain each party’s station in life.  The marital estate includes the marital home, pensions and personal property acquired during the marriage.  Spouses often argue about what properties belong to the marital estate, and what properties should be considered as separate or as exceptions to separate property.  The matter often requires considerable negotiation on the part of their property division divorce attorneys.

Michigan is a no fault divorce state, which means that you do not have to establish fault in order to obtain a divorce.  However, a court might take fault into consideration when distributing property.  But it will not deviate by more than 10% from the 50/50 rule because of fault.