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Family law considerations when divorcing early in a marriage

Whether it happens 50 days or 50 years in, divorce can happen for a variety of reasons. Divorces which take place within the first year of a marriage can raise eyebrows, but there are many behind-the-scenes reasons that these breakups could make sense for the parties involved. There may be fewer legal considerations when ending a young marriage, though shared property or children must still be considered under Michigan family law.

Between 30 and 32 percent of first marriages end before the first 10 years are up. Three of the more common reasons a marriage will end early on are infidelity, personality change and age. While the first is frequently discussed, the other two can often be overlooked or misunderstood.

Personality change may be unusual early in a relationship, but it is possible. It is a good idea to get to know a potential spouse, and to especially understand their weaknesses, prior to tying the knot. Age is also a factor as many people can get married because they think it is the right time, rather than the right person. Additionally, age differences or maturity level can play a role in marital bliss.

Financial issues, stress and deceit are other issues that may play into a divorce early in a marriage. While some Michigan couples are able to work through issues and maintain their marriages, others choose to separate their assets and go their separate ways. In these cases, each spouse should get a family law attorney who understands Michigan state law to represent their interests.

Source:, "These Are The Most Common Reasons For Divorce After Less Than One Year Of Marriage", Annamarya Scaccia, May 15, 2018

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