My wife and I recently moved to Michigan, and now want to divorce; however, we do not meet the minimum residency requirements. Can we draft and sign the paperwork now and then submit it once we meet the residency obligation?
In all states, a party must meet residency requirements in order to establish a family law case. However, it is not uncommon for parties to work together in preparing an agreement before filing all paperwork necessary for a divorce.
On the other hand, you do want to be informed of what your rights and obligations are under the laws of your current state, as well as the state where you were residing in prior to the move to Michigan. Some states have laws as to the issue of alimony/spousal support/maintenance that are more favorable than others.
You may also want to consult with a family law attorney as to whether or not any proposed agreement is in your long term best interests. Too many times have we seen clients come through our doors because they entered into a terrible agreement because they just wanted to “get it over with” and “move on.”
An initial consultation with an attorney at Cordell & Cordell would be better suited to go over the specifics of your case and assist you in heading towards the right direction.
Remember, I am unable to provide you with anything more than divorce tips for men, so please consult a domestic litigation attorney in your area to obtain specific advice as to the laws in your state and how they impact your potential case.
To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.
Mat Camp is a former Lexicon Services Online Editor, who focused on providing a comprehensive look into all aspects of the divorce experience. On MensDivorce.com, he concentrated on issues, such as parenting time, custodial rights, mediation, the division of assets, and so much more.
Mr. Camp used the wealth of experience of Cordell & Cordell attorneys to bring tangible answers to reader questions in Ask a Lawyer articles, as well as offer a step by step process through the divorce experience with Cordell & Cordell Co-Founder and Principal Partner Joseph E. Cordell in Divorce 101: A Guide for Men.
Mr. Camp used thorough research to highlight the challenging reality that those who go through divorce or child custody issues face. He helped foster the continued success of the Men’s Divorce Survival Guide, the Men’s Divorce Podcast, and the Men’s Divorce YouTube series “Attorney Bites.”