Divorce & Annulment
Providing experienced counsel in Macomb, Oakland, Wayne and St Clair Counties and throughout the State of Michigan. Divorce and its aftermath are hard on those directly and indirectly involved. There are many financial and logistical issues that have to be worked out. There are also personal and emotional implications for every member of the family. The experienced divorce attorneys at the Law Offices of Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre can help ease the stress during this time, providing solid legal advice and guiding you through the difficult process of ending a marriage.
The questions and concerns you have about your situation require honest and credible answers from an attentive, responsive voice of reason. If you are contemplating divorce or believe that your spouse may be doing so, the divorce lawyers at Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre are ready to answer your legal questions and discuss options to protect your rights.
An experienced, aggressive divorce attorney can help. For more than 45 years, our divorce lawyers have handled divorce cases ranging from simple and routine to extremely complex. We have substantial experience in all issues relating to divorce:
- Alimony/Spousal Support
- Child custody
- Child support
- Contempt—violation of court orders
- Division of debt
- Legal separation
- Modification of court orders
- Name changes
- Parental relocation
- Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
- Property division
- Shared parenting
- Parenting Time
- Spousal Support modification
- High Asset divorce
- High Conflict divorce
- Mediation and Arbitration
Because your divorce lawyer at Boyer Dawson & St. Pierre understands that the most personal information may become an issue, we are committed to keeping your information confidential.
Typical Michigan Divorce action
A divorce is commenced by filing a Complaint for Divorce in the Circuit Court in which one of the parties resides. Grounds for divorce are called the “no fault grounds.” Fault, however, is still relevant with respect to the division of property, the award or disallowance of spousal support and the amount thereof. In some instances, with respect to child custody and/or parenting time.
Once this complaint is filed with the court, it must be served upon the other party. They then have a period of time, generally 21 days, to respond or otherwise give notice to the court. This procedure is called a default, indicating they are not contesting the divorce.
If both parties retain attorneys, then they exchange information in a process called discovery. Information typically exchanged includes employment, income, assets and/or valuations.
If there are problems that arise during the divorce, a motion can be filed. A motion is a request for the court to make a ruling on a specific problem, such as interim spousal support or parenting time issues.
Contact our divorce lawyer in Sterling Heights
Call 888-559-4705 for an experienced and attentive divorce attorney in Sterling Heights, or for assistance with personal injuries, criminal charges, wills, and estate planning. Our Macomb County attorneys serve clients in Warren, Clinton, Shelby, Macomb Township, and throughout Macomb County, Michigan.