Michigan Divorce Lawyers

Going through a divorce is an extremely tough time for anyone. Walking away from a marriage is difficult to do, and when children and property are involved, it becomes an extremely frustrating and stressful situation. If you’re going through a divorce, don’t go it alone or do it yourself. With so much on the line, like children and property, it’s unwise to risk losing these precious possessions because you don’t have the proper legal advice and representation.

That’s why contacting Michigan divorce attorney Chris Kessel is the best way to secure compassionate and skilled legal services that will guide you through each step of the divorce process. As an experienced Oakland County divorce lawyer, Chris Kessel understands the burden you’re facing during these troubling times and he will make you and your family’s needs his top-priority.

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What You Need To Know About Divorce in Michigan

The state of Michigan allows no fault divorce. In other words, you don’t have to prove any grounds to get a divorce, you simply have to demonstrate the marriage isn’t working and you and your spouse cannot reconcile the marriage. No fault divorce also permits your spouse to fight for child custody and property rights, plus no fault divorce also allows you to file for a divorce even if your spouse does not want a divorce. But keep in mind, it will be up to the judge to determine fault in the marriage, which can be a large factor in deciding who maintains child custody and property. Because of this, you should never represent yourself during a divorce for the sake of your children and property.

POINT ONE

Moreover, you must file for divorce within the state of Michigan and within the Michigan County where you and your spouse reside – although you are free to file for divorce in the county where your spouse resides if you do not live together. Plus, you must have lived in Michigan for at least six months to file for divorce in Michigan.

Point Two

Once you file for divorce and if you have no children from your current marriage, you must wait 60 days before the divorce is finalized. However, if you have children from the current marriage, you will have to wait at least 6 months until the divorce is finalized – keep in mind if there’s a battle over custody and property, the timeframe can take much longer.

In a divorce proceeding, emotions can often conflict with custody, support, and property issues. Chris Kessel understands these issues and how they can be involved in the breakup of a family. We will fight to protect your financial interests and legal rights. There are always complicated issues whenever family law issues need to be litigated. Chris Kessel is always sensitive to the emotional circumstances that you may find yourself in.

Our Approach To Divorce Cases

Family law attorney Chris Kessel can handle your divorce and family law problems, regardless of where you are in the process. Chris can draft and file the documents needed to start a divorce or those documents necessary to defend and protect you regarding a divorce filing. His work with mediators and arbitrators often results in resolution of all issues in dispute without the necessity of trial. However, if there can be no settlement and trial is necessary, divorce attorney Chris Kessel has the courtroom experience needed to fight for you in court.

Chris Kessel can help you case has been finalized. Often issues regarding custody, parenting time, or child support can arise after a case has been settled. These issues can often times open a “can of worms” in a client’s life. Family law attorney Chris Kessel has considerable experience working with the Friend of the Court system in Michigan and can assist you when it comes to enforcing or modifying custody, visitation, and support orders.


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  • “HE’S A BAD MAN, when it comes to that court room. I had a very tough case which would had made me guilty from he say, she say. But the evidence just wasn’t there. Chris worked hard from the time I contacted him until my verdict day to stress the issue of reasonable doubt. He did all that along with having a new born son at home which took away from his sleep. On March 15th, 2018 I was found NOT GUILTY of 2 felonies and 1 misdemeanor.”

    -Brandon | Detroit MI
    Home Invasion, Assault With Intent To Do Bodily Harm & Malicious Destruction of Property

  • “Chris was the attorney for my nephews case. It was pretty intense, we really thought this could go badly. When jury came back with a NOT guilty we were so thankful for the excellent work Chris had done. Highly recommend. Thank you!”

    -B.B. | Mount Clemons, MI
    Criminal Sexual Conduct 2nd Degree

  • “Chris knows what he’s doing! Case closed and dismissed!”

    -Vincent | Wyandotte, MI
    Possession with intent to deliver marijuana