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There are a few advantages to being the first to file for a divorce or a change of custody with the Jackson County Circuit Court. First, you set the tone for the proceedings and will put the other side on the defensive. Second, you can obtain an order from the court protecting your children and money from some adverse action of your spouse. Third, if your spouse tries to file something after-the-fact, it appears as though it was done in retaliation and it is less likely to be granted.
Having access to money and credit is an important issue to any divorce. Do not let your soon to be ex-spouse dictate whether you will have access to the necessary money or credit to file for a divorce. Try to secure the means just prior to filing. Otherwise, you will have to file a motion asking the court to force the other side to provide access to money or credit.
It is important to obtain and copy any useful information for your case. It may be social media posts, text messages with the kids or incriminating documents you come across. When there is a contested divorce or custody case, these pieces of information may be critical to getting the outcome you deserve.
Child support is determined by the 2021 Michigan Child Support Formula. It is based on each party's income and the number of overnights with the kids. Even if you are spending a lot of time with the kids, it does not count for calculating child support unless it is an overnight. In addition, if you suspect the other parent is hiding income, you will have to be ready to prove it in court. Click here for more information: https://www.co.jackson.mi.us/572/Handbooks-Manuals
Unless the parties opt out, child support payments are tracked through the Jackson County Friend of the Court. As a result, do not expect payments for additional expenses (i.e. school expenses, clothes, etc.) to count towards child support. If the parties opt out, then make sure you get a receipt for each payment. Click here for more information: https://www.co.jackson.mi.us/482/Friend-of-the-Court
First, Michigan provides for legal custody, which is the ability to have input into the important decisions for each child's life, such as medical and educational choices. Second, there is parenting time, which dictates the actual schedule of the child with each parent. The sole focus being what is deemed to be in the child's best interests. The Jackson County Circuit Court will generally require these requests to be heard by a Friend of the Court Referee for a recommendation. Click here for more information: https://www.co.jackson.mi.us/564/Forms
If you would like information about filing a motion for a change of custody, click below.
If you would like information about filing an emergency ex parte motion for a change of custody, click below.
If you would like information about conducting an evidentiary hearing for a change of custody motion, click below.
If you would like information about filing a motion to abate a child support arrearage, click below.
If you would like information about filing a motion for attorney fees in a divorce case, click below.
If you would like information about filing for an annulment instead of a divorce, click below.
If you would like information about defending against a petition for termination of parental rights, click below.
If you would like information about establishing or challenging paternity for custody or child support, click below.
If you would like information about grandparent visitation rights, click below.
If you would like information about alimony / spousal support as part of a divorce case, click below.
If you would like more information about initiating or stopping a change of parenting time, click below.
If you would like more information about the division of marital property, retirement and assets as part of a divorce case, click below.
If you would like more information about nonmarital relationships (common law marriage) in Jackson County, click below.
If you would like more information about a termination of parental rights case in Jackson County, click below.
If you would like more information about challenging a PPO that was issued against you in Jackson County, click below.
If you would like more information about filing for a guardianship in Jackson County, click below.
Click here for standard forms approved by the Michigan State Court Administrator's Office for divorce, custody and child support cases: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Forms/Pages/Domestic-Relations.aspx
Click here for links to the State of Michigan Divorce and Custody Laws: https://statelaws.findlaw.com/michigan-law/michigan-legal-requirements-for-divorce.html
Click here to search State of Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Opinions: https://courts.michigan.gov/opinions_orders/opinions_orders/Pages/default.aspx
Click here to review the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/Publications/Manuals/focb/2021MCSF.pdf
Click here to calculate Child Support Payments according to the Michigan Child Support Guidelines: https://micase.state.mi.us/calculatorapp/public/welcome/load.html
Click here to order Birth, Death, Marriage and Divorce Records from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: https://www.michigan.gov/mdhhs/0,5885,7-339-71551_4645---,00.html