New Law Allows for More Time to Notify Spouse of a Divorce Filing

Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently signed a bill into law that provides additional time and privacy for those who file for divorce. The law, which recently went into effect, prohibits a complaint for divorce filed with the court from being made available to the public until the proof of service has been filed with the court.

Prior court rules allowed for divorce filings to be made public weeks and even days before the defendant knew that it has been filed.

The new law aims to protect victims of domestic violence to ensure they have enough time to find safe shelter before the abuser is notified of the divorce proceedings. In addition, the law allows entities that provide certain services related to child support and the establishment of paternity access to nonpublic divorce complaints.

Help is available

The Family Law attorneys at O’Reilly Rancilio are available to assist those considering divorce. To learn more, please call 586-726-1000 or visit our website.

Categories: Family Law