You cannot get a “quick divorce” in Michigan because we have mandatory waiting periods. In a divorce where the parties have no minor children together, a Judgment of Divorce cannot be entered until at least sixty (60) days has passed from the date that a Complaint was filed with the Court. In a divorce where the parties have minor children together, a Court will require you to wait one hundred and eighty (180) days from the date of the filing of the Complaint before a Judgment of Divorce can be entered. In cases with minor children, if both parties agree, it may be possible to waive the last four (4) months of the 180 day waiting period. It is up to the Judge in each case to determine whether or not a portion of the waiting period will be waived. To waive a portion of the waiting period, the Judge must find that it is in the best interests of the minor child(ren) that a portion of the waiting period should be waived.
If both parties agree to all the terms of the divorce, including custody, child support, spousal support and property division, a “Consent Judgment of Divorce” that complies with all applicable statutes and court rules can be entered with the Court when the proper waiting period has passed.
Unfortunately, most cases are more complicated than that. In most Michigan divorce cases, there are at least some contested issues. Contesting a divorce in Michigan involves mediation and possibly a trial. If the parties do not agree as to the assets and debts of the marriage, or the values of the assets and debts, discovery will have to be done. Discovery is a process for obtaining information, by such means as interrogatories, depositions or subpoenas. The purpose of discovery is for each party to find out information about the other party. Once that information is obtained, the parties may then try to negotiate a settlement again.