West Michigan Divorce Law

Going through divorce is one of the most challenging times in our life, even when the break-up is amicable. You are in the thick of it all and emotions run high. In times like this it is difficult to know what steps to take and how to best protect you. Divorce process can be complex. Our experienced, knowledgeable Grand Rapids Attorneys are here to help you, as much as you need or every step of the way, from the initial consultation to the final divorce degree, and beyond.

The Divorce Process in Michigan

The divorce process in Michigan follows a fairly straightforward path from filing for divorce to the Judgment of Divorce. However, there are a few variables depending on whether the divorce is contested or uncontested or if the couple has children of their marriage or not.

Overview of the Divorce Process

Planning Your Divorce

Before actually filing documents to initiate the divorce proceedings, many engage in planning the divorce. This is often a time when you might meet with/retain a Michigan Divorce attorney and discuss your situation and what is the best course of action in your case.

Filing for Divorce

The first steps in obtaining a dissolution of marriage in Michigan is to file for divorce. Either you or your spouse must reside in Michigan for at least 180 days preceding the filing. The filing is typically done at the county where the Plaintiff is residing at the time of the filing. For example, if you reside in Grand Rapids your Attorney will file for divorce in Kent County.

Completing Additional Documents

After filing the initial documents and before the Initial Status Conference you and your spouse will need to complete additional documents including a Title IV disclosure and make mandatory financial disclosures to each another.

Initial Scheduling Conference

The court will schedule an Initial Status Conference, which is to be held within 45 days of the filing. In some counties you will receive a date when you file for divorce, in others you may need to call to get a date scheduled. You and your spouse will need to attend. The Initial Scheduling Conference is either held in front of a judge or a referee, depending on the county. Some counties may hold this conference via telephone. 

Temporary Orders Hearing

If Temporary Orders were not entered during the Initial Scheduling Conference there may be a separate hearing scheduled for Temporary Orders. Not all cases have temporary orders entered prior to Permanent Orders Hearing.


If the divorce is contested the court requires the parties to mediate before entering a final Judgment of Divorce.

Pro Confesso Hearing or Trial 

If the parties have came to a settlement the Plaintiff will have to attend what is call a Pro Confesso hearing to get the final signature on the Judgment of Divorce. The Judment may include child support, parenting time, maintenance, property division etc. 
Contact Kiebel Law Offices for a free confidential consultation today at 616-422-7665. A Grand Rapids Michigan Divorce Attorney practicing throughout Michigan including but not limited to the following counties Kent, Ottawa, Allegan, Barry, Muskegon, Saginaw, Kalamazoo, Ingham, Eaton, Oakland, Van Buren, St. Josephs, Montcalm, Lake, Oceana, Newyago and more. 

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