All divorce cases begin with the filing of a complaint and usually a verified statement which provides detailed information regarding the parties, their income and any minor children. Because Michigan is a “no-fault” state, there is no need to recite a list of reasons for the divorce and the complaint itself is generally straightforward.

There are, however, important issues to consider at the time of filing the complaint.  For example, if the parties are or will be separated and the filing spouse has no income, or significantly less income than the other spouse, it is generally advisable to seek an interim order of either spousal or child support, or often both. If the parties are not separated, it may be prudent to seek an interim “status quo” order, requiring the parties to continue meeting the same financial obligations they paid before the divorce, as well as an injunction prohibiting either party from selling or otherwise hiding assets.  These various requests to the court should generally be made at the time the complaint is filed. However, different courts and even different judges have varying procedures for these requests and it is important to “get it right” the first time. The Law Office of Bryan Monaghan has the experience and understanding needed to assist you in making these initial strategic decisions.