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Diligent Divorce Attorneys Protect Your Interests in Kalamazoo

Personalized legal services yield positive results

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, the uncertainty of your future can be deeply troubling. However, with the right attorney to guide you, you can face the process with confidence and achieve your goals for the next phase of your life. At Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C., our divorce attorneys have more than 55 years of combined family law practice. We are also trained and experienced family law mediators who can help resolve your divorce smoothly and cost-effectively. Since 1998, our firm has made a great difference in the outcome of divorce cases for clients in Kalamazoo County and throughout Southwest Michigan. We are ready to deliver positive results for you.

Basics of the Michigan divorce process

To file for divorce in Michigan, at least one of the parties must have lived in the state for at least 180 days. The petitioner files a complaint in the court of the county where at least one of the spouses resides and arranges for the respondent spouse to be served with a copy of the complaint and a summons. The respondent spouse then has 21 days to file an answer with the court.

If the divorce involves minor children, the court cannot issue a divorce decree less than 180 days after the initial filing. If there are no minor children, the court can finalize a divorce after a minimum of 60 days. Either party may request an ex parte order for temporary child custody, child support and spousal support as well as a freeze on assets during the divorce process.

Michigan law requires parties to make a full financial disclosure during the discovery phase. It’s important to collect all pertinent financial records, including pay stubs, tax returns, bank account statements, stock portfolios, and credit card balances. During and after discovery, parties can attempt to reach a settlement through negotiation or mediation. If they reach an agreement, they present the document to the court for approval, and the divorce is uncontested. If the parties cannot reach an agreement, any outstanding issues are held over for trial in family court.

The divorce process can be unnerving and confusing, so it’s essential to have a reliable divorce attorney you can have confidence in.

Kalamazoo attorneys focus on your most important divorce issues

At Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C., our divorce attorneys give personalized attention to your concerns. Although every divorce is different, there are four major issues that affect most divorces:

  • Alimony — The court has great discretion when deciding whether to award support to either spouse. We bring to the court’s attention all pertinent factors that weigh in your favor and present facts to rebut the other party’s assertions.
  • Child custody — How much time you get to spend with your children and whether you can make decisions affecting their health and welfare are major considerations. We assert your parental rights and work diligently for a parenting plan that promotes your children’s best interests.
  • Child support — Although Michigan has guidelines for orders of child support, a judge does have some discretion. We work to ensure that your child support order is based on your true financial picture.
  • Division of property — Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means the court divides marital assets and debts in a manner that is fair but not necessarily equal. The court must weigh various factors, so we present the court with all the crucial information it needs to arrive at a correct decision.

Whether you reach a marital settlement or contest your divorce issues in court, your future depends greatly on the outcome you achieve. When you trust your divorce to Brueggemann & Sharma, you get candid advice and determined representation from concerned attorneys focused on positive results.

Contact our Kalamazoo law firm for experienced divorce representation

Brueggemann & Sharma, P.C. provides effective and highly personal divorce representation for clients in Kalamazoo County and throughout Southwest Michigan. Call us at 269-220-7300 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. Our office is conveniently located at 4021 W. Main Street, Suite 400, Kalamazoo, MI 49006.

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  • Kalamazoo Office
    4021 W. Main St.
    Suite 400
    Kalamazoo, Michigan 49006
    Phone: 269-349-4404
    Fax: 269-349-4427