Out-of-State Spouse for Michigan Divorce
What if one spouse is out-of-state for a Michigan divorce?
If one spouse is not a resident of Michigan, there are two different alternative basis for obtaining the proper authority for a court to grant a divorce in Michigan
- the defendant must be "domiciled" in Michigan when the complaint for divorce is filed
- the defendant was domiciled in Michigan when the cause for divorce occured
- the defendant was personally served in Michigan, was served by publication, has voluntarily appeared in the action, or has been served with a copy of notice for appearance and an order for publication in Michigan or elsewhere
There are a number of other factors to when a court can exercise jurisdiction over a party depending upon that party's contacts with the State of Michigan.
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