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Legal Separation: Introducing Divorce (And Not Divorce) in Michigan


There are people with a lot of different questions about getting a divorce in Michigan. We, at Haque Legal, have always answered questions per topic and aim to continuously do so when we can. 

However, there are some questions, basic as they are, that people commonly ask that we cannot lump into a category. In this article, let us continue our discussion on some of the common lingering questions that people have about getting divorced in Michigan.

In this part of our article series, we want to talk about your other options other than getting a divorce.

Getting Divorced in Michigan

Getting divorced in Michigan is one of those things that is quite easy compared to the requirements in other states. Again, Michigan is a no-fault divorce state which means that there is no need to impute the fault on another person for the breakdown of the marriage to be approved by the court.

However, in some instances getting divorced in Michigan may not be an option for the couple. Some relationships feel not because of the lack of love that the couple or the spouses have for each other but because of the failure of the marriage itself. Some couples remain as friends even after getting a divorce and eventually say that they regret getting one because they do not see themselves getting married to someone else. 

On the other side of the coin, some couples do not want to get a divorce because it still means that the marriage existed and that they were once in a relationship with their ex-spouse. In these instances, it is clear that divorce is not an option for these kinds of couples and they want to make it as if the relationship or the marriage did not exist in the first place.

With that, let us look at some of the common questions about how not to get a simple divorce in Michigan.

What if I want to separate but not divorce in Michigan?

There are instances where you want to get separated from your partner but getting a divorce is not an option that you are looking at. The reason behind this may be because you still love your spouse and you want to maintain a friendship with him and you do not see yourself getting married anytime in the future or because you just do not want to give your spouse the freedom to marry again. In most instances, you may get the concept of separate maintenance in the state of Michigan.

In some states, there is a concept that is an alternative to divorce and that is the concept of legal separation. In the state of Michigan, the concept of legal separation is called separate maintenance. 

The concept of separate maintenance is much like the concept of a divorce. The couple would still need to finalize their financial situation as well as decide on the things that would affect their children. Spousal support as well as the division of debt and property are also very important considerations during the hearings for separate maintenance of the couple. 

The distinguishing factor between separate maintenance and divorce is that the couple remains married despite being separated.

Common Reasons To Getting Separate Maintenance and Not Divorce

As we have started discussing above there are different reasons why the couple could decide on just getting separate maintenance and not divorce.

They still love each other. 

One of the main reasons why people go for separate maintenance rather than getting a divorce is because they still love each other. In most of the cases that we have handled for separate maintenance, our client says that getting a divorce is not an option but staying together is also not an option so they go for separate maintenance. They would admit in front of a judge that they still have their feelings for each other but that they can no longer coexist with each other.

They still want to get married but hate living with each other. 

As in the case above some couples want to get separate maintenance rather than get a divorce because they still want to get married and stay married but they hate living with each other. Some couples cannot go past the habits that the other person has and this means that their best course of action for them to stay as friends and to live properly would be to separate but not to get a divorce.

They have strict religions that do not accept getting a decree of divorce.

Another main factor why people decide to go for separate maintenance and not divorce in Michigan is because they have strict religions that do not allow people to get a divorce. This is accepted in court and is a good reason to just go for separate maintenance rather than the divorce.

They do not give the other spouse the freedom to remarry.

In a last-ditch effort to not give happiness to the expose, some clients go for separate maintenance not because they still have feelings for their spouse or because they remain as friends but because they do not want to give the other spouse the freedom to remarry.

In some divorce proceedings that we have handled where our client is not the plaintiff and is trying to fight the divorce, we offer that they consider separate maintenance as a marital arrangement. Setting aside all of the feelings and emotions of our clients, we believe that if they do not want to get a divorce but also do not want to get back together with their spouse, separate maintenance is the best legal action that they can take.

Let Haque Legal Help You With Your Divorce

Now that you know some facts about dealing with divorce, it is time to get down to it. If you require a divorce lawyer in Southfield or anywhere in Michigan who can assist you with ensuring that you protect your rights to your property, it is important to know that you also have a team that can help you out with your specific needs. 

Our law firm is dedicated to making sure that those who are innocent will be protected by the law and the full extent of justice will be used.


The article that you have read is based on general applications of the law. It is not legal advice and it is not to be construed as any legal consultation with the firm. No client-attorney relationship is created when you read the articles we have provided.

Let us help you out.

If you need a Southfield family law lawyer to help you during your divorce proceedings, call us immediately. If you have any problem with the law or are seeking justice and truth, our numbers are standing by to take your call.

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