Understanding Waiting Periods in Michigan Divorces
The state of Michigan has two different waiting periods for a divorce case, one for divorces with minor children, and one for divorces with no children. The differences and how the waiting period works is discussed in this legal guide.
Waiting periods in MichiganIf you are looking to get divorced, you're just going to have to wait a bit. You can file for divorce right away, and you should, but as far as the divorce being completed, there are waiting periods. Michigan, like most states, requires a "cooling off" period for your divorce. Once the divorce complaint is filed, you are required to wait until the divorce can be completed. If you have no minor children, meaning no children under 18, then you only have to wait 60 days from the filing of the divorce complaint until the soonest that you can get divorced. However, if you have minor children, then your waiting period is 180 days (six months) from the date of the filing of the complaint.
How waiting periods workWhat this will mean depends on your particular case. After the complaint is filed, it is possible to start working on resolving the issues in your divorce case. You do not have to wait for the end of the waiting period and then start working on your case. So from the date your divorce case is filed, the case proceeds forward, court dates come and go, and things are hopefully progressing. You can actually have a signed and final agreement before the waiting period expires, you just cannot have the divorce actually completed, with some exceptions. It is possible to waive part of the 180 day waiting period, if the right circumstances are there and an agreement is reached. However, it is not possible to get divorced in less than 60 days no matter what. Also, these waiting periods are the minimum, not the maximum, and divorces can and often do go beyond 60 days and divorces with children can go beyond six months.