Separation

Legal Separation Attorney in Clinton Township

Michigan does not have any proceeding that is specifically called a legal separation where you file a paper and you are immediately legally separated. In fact, you are not required to be separated to file for a Michigan divorce.

You are NOT required to be legally separated in Michigan prior to filing for a divorce, or prior to the entry of the final Judgment of Divorce in Michigan.

Michigan law does provide for a Separate Maintenance Action, which is the action many people think of, when they are thinking about a legal separation in Michigan.

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Why Would I Want a Separate Maintenance Judgment Rather Than a Judgment of Divorce?

In the State of Michigan, most people who decided to pursue a Judgment of Separate Maintenance, rather than a Michigan Divorce, do so for religious, health care or immigration reasons.

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Religious Reason for a Separate Maintenance in Michigan

For example, if in certain circumstances one may be ex-communicated from their church if they were to divorce, so they may choose use the Separate Maintenance procedure instead of a Michigan Divorce.

Health Care Reason for a Separate Maintenance in Michigan

A Maintenance Agreement allows the parties to have their freedom but allows continued health coverage that would be canceled if the parties divorced. However, employers or insurance companies are increasingly viewing Separate Maintenance Agreements as a termination of the obligation to provide insurance benefits.

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