The decision to file for divorce can be painful. Sometimes more painful when you realize your spouse beat you to the punch. In this article, we will help you discover if your spouse (or friend) has already filed for divorce.
Some lawyers will tell you that it is important to file for divorce first. The fact is it generally does not matter if you file for divorce first, however their are circumstances when it is important. For example, in cases where you think a party may move with a child or dissipate the marital estate. By filing first, you can often obtain an interim Order regarding custody, preservation of the marital estate and maintenance of financial status quo.
Here is an article from Forbes magazine on filing first for divorce.
Did he/she file for divorce? You can check online.
Divorce cases are filed in the county in which the husband or wife lives. In Michigan, most counties allow you to search online. You will not be able to check if someone is thinking about filing but you can search if someone really did file for divorce. Most counties allow you to search by name. Below you will find links for some of the Southeastern counties:
Did he/she file for divorce in Southeastern Michigan?
Wayne County non-criminal case records
Livingston County Case Summary Search
Washtenaw County Family Case Records
Genesee County Circuit Court Online Records
Most, but not all counties provide online access to court filings. If your county is not listed above, try searching Google to see if the county offers online resources of case files.
If a case has been filed please do not ignore the situation hoping it will go away as there are consequences associated with doing so. Rather, contact us for a free confidential consultation to create an action plan for your success. Let it be our privelige.
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By: Daniel Findling
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