Once it is determined what county the case will be filed in, a Complaint for Divorce is drafted, signed by the Plaintiff, under oath, and filed with the proper county’s Family/Circuit Court Clerk’s office. In Michigan, the divorce must be accompanied by a Summons, which is a form which notifies the Defendant that the Complaint has been filed; where; who the Plaintiff’s attorney is, and how long they have to file their response with the court clerk.
A filing fee must be paid to the Court Clerk at the commencement of the case. Filing fees may vary depending on the type of action. The filing fee for a divorce filed in Wayne, Oakland, Livingston and Washtenaw County is $150.00. Additional fees may be required such as when a Friend of the Court investigation is sought and/or children are involved (usually $80), or a request for modification of custody ($100)
With vast experience in the courts of Wayne County, Oakland County, Washtenaw County, Livingston County and all surrounding areas, we can help you understand your rights and obligations