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Michigan Divorce Property Division Laws

Jun 05, 2016

This excerpt describes the concepts that underpin the division of property in Michigan divorce law:

Upon a divorce from the bonds of matrimony, the court may make a further judgment for restoring to either party the whole, or such parts as it shall deem just and reasonable, of the real and personal estate that shall have come to either party by reason of the marriage, or for awarding to either party the value thereof, to be paid by either party in money.

Upon entry of a judgment of divorce, if the estate and effects awarded to either party are insufficient for the suitable support and maintenance of either party and any children of the marriage, the court may further award to either party the part of the real and personal estate of either party, to be paid as the court considers just and reasonable, after considering the ability of either party to pay and the character and situation of the parties, and all the other circumstances of the case.

-From Sections 552.19 and 552.23 of the Michigan Revised Statutes.