Use this tool to create forms to start a custody case if you are not married to the other parent or your child`s children and paternity has been established by an affidavit of parentage. If you have a low income, you may be eligible for free legal services. Whether you have a low income or not, you can use the Legal Aid Guide to find lawyers in your area. If you are not entitled to free legal advice and cannot afford to pay high legal fees, consider hiring a lawyer for part of your case rather than the whole. This is called the representation of restricted areas. For more information, see Limited Scope Representation (LSR): A More Cost-Effective Way to Hire a Lawyer. You will be asked a series of questions and your answers will be used to create your divorce forms. If you don`t know the answer to a question, you can leave it blank, but you may need to fill out this information by hand before submitting your court forms. When you`re done, you can print or save your documents. While you don`t have to prove guilt to divorce, a spouse`s behavior during marriage can affect the outcome of your divorce.

The judge may consider errors in decisions about spousal support and division of property. A Michigan court can grant you a divorce if you have a valid common-law marriage. A de facto marriage is an agreement between a man and a woman to live together as husband and wife without being officially married. Few States today recognize de facto marriage. Michigan has not allowed de facto marriage since 1957. Michigan only recognizes common-law marriages that: Once you submit the standard application and entry form and the employee has signed it, your spouse is “in default.” This means that they cannot participate in the divorce case unless they ask the judge to annul the debtor and the judge grants their request. If you are asking for spousal support in your divorce application, you must make a third copy of each document for the friend of the court. Use this tool to prepare Michigan divorce application forms. You will visit the LawHelp Interactive website to do so. Once you`ve answered the questions, your completed forms and instructions are ready to print.

You have 91 days from the date the summons is issued to have your spouse serve the divorce documents, or your case will be dismissed. If you have trouble serving your spouse during this period, you can apply for a second summons. You can obtain the application form from the Michigan One Court of Justice website. For more information about what happens after your divorce, see Ending your divorce in Michigan without minor children. You and your spouse must exchange these completed forms unless: Contact the clerk`s office to schedule a hearing to file a consent decree. The date of the hearing will be set at least two months after the date you filed for divorce. If you don`t receive a hearing soon after the two-month deadline expires, the court may dismiss your divorce action for lack of progress. If you got married in another state or country, you can still divorce in Michigan as long as you meet the residency requirements above. Neither spouse needs to be U.S. citizens to divorce in Michigan.

But if your right to live in the United States depends on your marriage, divorce can interfere with that right. If you find yourself in this situation, you should talk to a lawyer. If you need a lawyer and have a low income, you may be eligible for free legal aid. Use the Legal Assistance Guide to find a lawyer or legal services near you. Depending on your country, you will need to complete and submit one of the following forms prepared by the Do-It-Yourself Divorce Tool: Once the divorce documents have been served on your spouse, the person who served the documents must complete the proof of service form (the second page of the summons). Normally, this person will submit the proof of service to the court and send you a copy, but you should discuss this with the person first. If you and your spouse have minor children together, you will be asked questions about childcare and parental leave arrangements. The parental leave policy created by the Office of the Friend of the Court is a useful resource for parents who need to establish a parenting schedule. The policy includes sample plans that you can use as a starting point to create your family`s schedule. It also provides information on the developmental needs of children of different age groups related to parental leave. The guideline addresses specific issues such as distance education time, parental leave with a parent in prison, and how to deal with domestic violence. If your spouse does not submit a response on time (see the section above for more information on the deadline), you will need to submit a standard Application and Registration form and send a copy to your spouse after the case officer signs it.

The standard application and entry is one of the forms created by the do-it-yourself divorce. Michigan Legal Help is for people who solve their legal problems without a lawyer. They can help you learn about your legal problems and prepare you for court. There are many DIY tools you can use to create court forms. This website does not provide legal advice and does not replace a lawyer. If you need more help, check out the site for a lawyer, community services or a self-help centre nearby. The website does not cover all areas of law, but we are constantly adding new topics. Please let us know what you think and let us know if we have helped and how we can improve this site. To learn more, try our new legal assistance guide or watch our user guide video. For more information about a childless divorce in Michigan, see the toolkit I need a divorce and I don`t have minor children.

Give all originals and copies to the clerk. The case officer assigns your case a case number and a judge and stamps and signs the summons. The clerk of the court will return copies of any divorce documents that the court does not need. If your spouse does not file and respond in a timely manner and you do not file a standard application and registration, the court will reject your divorce application. You must submit the standard application and filing form to advance your divorce case. You must file with the district court in the county where you or your spouse have lived for at least the last ten days. After submitting your first forms, you will need to provide copies to your spouse. Service is usually effected by another person who delivers the documents to your spouse in person or sends the documents to your spouse by registered mail or registered mail. To learn more, read how to hand in divorce documents. Use this tool to fill out forms to ask a court to overturn an adult`s criminal conviction. A conviction that is overturned cannot be seen by the public. You will visit the LawHelp Interactive website to do so.

Once you`ve answered the questions, your finished forms are ready to print. If your spouse submits an answer and you don`t agree with all the important questions in your divorce, consider talking to a lawyer. If you have a low income, you may be eligible for free legal services. Whether you have a low income or not, you can use the Legal Aid Guide to find lawyers in your area. You can file a separate support claim because you have a religious objection to divorce or want to stay married for other reasons.