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Online divorce filing gains traction in Michigan

The institution of marriage has changed a little over the centuries, but not as much as the implications and methods of divorce. As the rate of marriages ending before death rose above half in the United States, more types of people could file for divorce and expect to rebuild their lives afterward. In some jurisdictions, it is getting even easier.

The process of divorce often began with a trip to the courthouse in the proper jurisdiction and a few hours' wait doing paperwork and getting signatures from county clerks. Several counties in Michigan, however, participate in a program known as MiFile, which allows any litigant to file cases at any time. As of December 2018, all divorce filings in Ottawa County and other areas of the Wolverine State must be online.

All attorneys and court staff with a part in the MiFile system have been trained in how to use it, which still makes legal representation preferable to trying to file for divorce on your own. No one should have to go through the divorce process alone, even if it can be done from home.

There are still many possible pitfalls in the divorce process. Settlement agreements between separating spouses can decide who gets assets or even custody during a divorce proceeding, and anything that one spouse missed may spell trouble later one.

People considering divorce should always consider an attorney as well. A lawyer can help represent all of a person's interests, even the ones that a person has not yet considered. There is no reason not to make the process as easy as possible.

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