Updated: Sep 25, 2020
I often meet with clients that tell me they want an “uncontested” divorce in Michigan. This is a misnomer. People often think that “uncontested” means that the other person also wants a divorce, which isn’t true. In Michigan, it doesn't matter if the other party does not want a divorce, you can get divorced even if the other person wants to stay married.
An uncontested divorce means that the parties agree on all matters including, but not limited to, child custody, parenting time, child or spousal support, alimony, retirement accounts, debt and property. If a couple has any or all of these things, it would be rare for both parties to agree on ALL aspects of their divorce case up front. This doesn't mean that you can't be divorcing amicably, it just means that there are financial or legal issues that still need to be worked out.
A “contested” divorce case simply means that there are issues that need to be resolved as part of the case. There’s nothing wrong with this and it is very common. An attorney can help you work through these issues as well as the mediation process. Read more about mediation here.
When you’re ready to discuss your divorce options, meet with an attorney. Call today to schedule a consultation. 269-381-4471