What are the Residency and Filing Requirements for Divorce in Michigan?

In Michigan, a petition for divorce should be filed in Circuit Court. (Michigan Revised Statutes, Section 552.6) Either the plaintiff or the defendant must have resided in Michigan for at least 180 days prior to the commencement of a divorce action. Additionally, the plaintiff or defendant must have resided in the county where the complaint is filed for at least 10 days prior to brining a divorce action. The 10 day requirement may be waived if the defendant was born in or is a citizen of a foreign country, there are minor children of the marriage, and the court reasonably concludes that the children are at risk of being taken to that country.  (Michigan Revised Statutes, Section 552.9)

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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