Divorce

DIVORCE - a legal proceeding to end a valid marriage. The only ground for divorce in Michigan is the no-fault ground, i.e., "there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved" MCL 552.6(1). Although proof of fault is not necessary to obtain a divorce, fault can be relevant in deciding custody, parenting time, property and debt division, and spousal support. One party can obtain a divorce even if his or her spouse objects.