Compassionate and Creative Divorce Attorneys
We'll help you navigate a separation with integrity
Divorce is always a difficult process with much more at stake than just legal issues. Navigating the emotional, financial and social aspects of a divorce can be just as challenging as filing the correct paperwork. To reach an amicable resolution, you need a divorce lawyer with integrity, one with the expertise to handle the complexities of the court system and the compassion and creativity to take all aspects of your situation into account.
Attorney Alyson Oliver and her team at the Oliver Law Group, P.C. have the experience and creative approach needed to help you through all stages of your divorce or separation. We believe divorce doesn't have to be an all-out war, and we're committed to finding a solution that meets both parties' needs with a minimum of stress.
No matter the circumstances of your individual case, you can count on our attorneys to fight for your best interests and treat you with integrity and compassion. With an office in Troy, our attorneys understand the specific laws and regulations here in Michigan and know the courts in Oakland County, Wayne County and Macomb County. We'll find creative ways to help you resolve your differences amicably, with minimal stress, and move forward. Contact us at (800) 939-7878 to set up a free consultation.
While a divorce represents the dissolution of a legal marriage, an annulment is a court action declaring that the marriage was never legal in the first place. Legal annulments in Michigan are fairly rare, as very specific grounds must be proven, usually through litigation. For instance, if consent for the marriage was obtained under duress or fraud, the officiant lacked the legal authority to perform marriages, or one spouse was legally unable to consent due to age or a mental condition at the time of the marriage, you may be able to pursue an annulment. Most parties who file for an annulment also concurrently file for divorce in case the annulment is not granted.
A true uncontested divorce is one in which one party files a complaint of divorce and the other spouse does not file an answer. Under those circumstances, the filing party obtains a default judgment of divorce. Few cases are actually uncontested in this sense, as most divorces involve some dispute over property division, spousal support, child custody, child support or other matters. However, most divorces in Michigan do settle before going to trial.
In Michigan, there is no such thing as a "legal separation" per se. Rather, we have a legal action called a Judgment of Separate Maintenance, which is equivalent in most respects to a Judgment of Divorce except that the marriage itself is still in effect. Couples might opt for separate maintenance instead of a divorce for religious reasons or because they have an interest in remaining legally married, perhaps for health benefits or immigration purposes. The procedure for seeking a Judgment of Separate Maintenance is almost identical to the procedure for a Judgment of Divorce, which means you'll need just as much attention from an attorney.
Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision on June 26, 2015, Michigan now recognizes same-sex marriages, which means that the courts are required to issue divorces to same-sex couples as well. Same-sex couples can file for divorce in the same manner as heterosexual couples, and Michigan laws concerning spousal support, child custody and other related matters are largely gender-neutral. We are proud to serve the LGBTQ community and will be glad to help you work through the legal circumstances of your case.
A facilitative or collaborative divorce is a process by which a couple seeks to resolve their differences through negotiation rather than litigation. In a collaborative divorce, nothing is filed with the courts until a settlement is reached, and all parties are committed to finding a resolution without proceeding to trial. See our page on collaborative divorce for more information.