|How is Property Divided in Michigan?
A. Michigan is an "equitable distribution" state, generally meaning that
all marital property acquired during the marriage is subject to division.
Property brought into the marriage i.e. that a person had before the
marriage are not subject to division in a divorce. Fault (ex. adultery)
is a factor that is taken into account when dividing property and can
result in the other party getting a slightly higher percentage of
How is Fault Factored in?
A. The court can skew the property settlement from the standard 50/50
distribution to a higher share to one side based on the other parties fault.
Fault can include things such as Adultery, Mental & Physical Abuse, and
Gambling & Substance Abuse.
Does my inheritance get divided?
A. It depends on whether or not the money or property was kept
separate or if it was commingled with the marital assets and marital
How are marital debts divided in a divorce in Michigan?
A. Most divorcing spouses set out who will pay what debts as part of
their marital settlement agreement during the divorce process, and
close all of their joint accounts.