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Tables of Contents for The Michigan Divorce Book
Chapter/Section Title
Page #
Page Count
Chapter 1
Part I: Introduction to Divorce
Do-It-Yourself Divorce
6
2
Part II: Uncontested Divorce
Divorce Issues
8
1
End of Marriage
8
1
Property Division
9
2
Court-Ordered Property Division
Uncontested Property Division
Alimony
11
3
Types of Alimony
Court-Ordered Alimony
Uncontested Alimony
Other Divorce Issues
14
3
Part III: Doing an Uncontested Divorce Yourself
Am I Married?
17
2
Do I Really Want to End My Marriage?
19
1
Is Divorce the Best Way to End My Marriage?
20
4
Annulment
Separation
Can I Get a Divorce in Michigan?
24
2
Can I File the Divorce in My County?
26
1
Can My Spouse Be Served with the Divorce Papers?
26
1
What If My Spouse or I Am Imprisoned?
27
1
Divorce by an Imprisoned Plaintiff
Filing against a Defendant-Prisoner
What If My Spouse or I Am in the Military?
28
1
How Long Will My Divorce Take?
28
1
How Much Will My Divorce Cost?
29
1
Do I Have Minor Children in My Divorce?
29
1
Can I Get a Fair Property Division?
30
5
Inventorying Property
Valuing Property
Dividing Property
Does My Property Need Protection?
35
1
Do I Need to Change My Estate Plan?
36
1
Do I Need ``Preliminary Relief''?
37
1
Can I Socialize during the Divorce?
38
1
Can I Keep the Divorce Secret?
38
1
Will I Have Tax Problems from the Divorce?
38
1
What If My Spouse Is Mentally Incompetent?
39
1
What If I Need to File a Bankruptcy?
39
1
What If I Want to Dismiss the Divorce?
40
1
What If My Spouse Abuses Me?
40
1
Can a Noncitizen Divorce in Michigan?
41
1
Do You Need Legal Help?
41
4
Chapter 2
45
8
Legal Basics
Court System
Papers
Fees
Time
Court Hearing Local Rules and Forms
New Laws, Rules, Forms and Fees
Overview of Divorce Procedure
53
2
Flowchart
Doing Your Divorce
Filing
55
6
Preparing Your Initial Divorce Papers
Filing Your Divorce
Sample Forms
Service
61
9
Preparing for Service
Service by Acknowledgment Service by Mail
Service by Delivery
Service Problems Filing the Proof of Service
Forms Checklist
70
1
Default
71
8
Getting the Default
After the Default
Sample Forms
Final Hearing
79
9
Final Divorce Papers
Preparing Your Testimony Pre-paring for the Final Hearing
Attending the Final Hearing
Filing the Final Divorce Papers
After the Final Hearing
Sample Forms
Forms Checklist
88
1
After Your Divorce
89
6
Transferring Property
Estate Planning
Health Care Coverage
Name Change
Credit Problems
Appendices
Appendix A: Fee Exemption
95
4
Obtaining a Fee Exemption
Sample Form
Appendix B: Alternate Service
99
14
Alternate Service for an Elusive Defendant
Alternate Service for a Disappeared Defendant
Sample Forms
Appendix C: Obtaining Alimony
113
4
Sample Form
Appendix D: Divorce and the Military
117
8
Divorce by a Plaintiff-Servicemember
Divorcing a Defendant-Servicemember
Sample Form
Appendix E: Dismissing Your Divorce
125
2
Sample Form
Appendix F: Additional Judgment Provisions
127
1
Property Division Provisions
127
9
Dividing Real Property
Joint Real Property
Solely Owned Real Property
Dividing Personal Property Dividing Retirement Benefits, Businesses and Other New Property
Division of Debts
Alimony Provisions
136
 
Short-Term Alimony
Long-Term Alimony
Choosing an Alimony Payment Method
Immediate Income Withholding
Avoiding Immediate Income Withholding Sample Forms
Forms
Forms
Optional and Local Forms