Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that a divorce case may be initiated without alleging a reason or fault by either spouse for the divorce.  Michigan law requires only that “there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”  If an agreement is reached between you and your spouse on all settlement issues, fault may not be a factor. If there is a dispute about property, child or spousal support, parenting time, or custody, fault may become an active ingredient in resolving these issues.

In addition to the “no-fault” divorce, Michigan offers two alternatives: separate maintenance and annulments.  To learn more, read our blog post “3 Ways to End a Marriage in Michigan.”