Michigan is a “no fault” divorce state. This means that the Court will grant a divorce to any party who seeks a divorce. The Court will not ask why a party seeks the divorce, nor will a party be able to stop the divorce from being finalized if the other party seeks a divorce.
Under Michigan law, parties with children are required to attend several court hearings and wait a statutorily mandated 6 months prior to a divorce being finalized. The parties often attend a hearing solely devoted to improving communication between the parties and children. The parties must resolve custody and support issues, along with division of property and assets, prior to the divorce being finalized.
Under Michigan law, if the parties do not have minor children, a divorce can be finalized as soon as the parties have resolved and divided any property, assets, and liabilities.
Most, if not all, divorce cases are referred to mediation. Mediation is a process which allows the parties to reach their own resolution instead of the Court decreeing a resolution that one or both parties may be unhappy with. Mediation provides the parties an opportunity to reach a settlement of their own accord. Mr. Gowda has attended Michigan Supreme Court Mediation training and has engaged in mediation on behalf of his clients throughout Michigan.