The Waiting Period—Frequently Asked Questions

The period of time between the temporary hearing and the final divorce judgment.

The period of time between the temporary hearing and the finalization of the divorce is called the “waiting period”. Under Michigan law, the minimum waiting period for spouses without children is 60 days; with children it is 6 months. There are a number of issues which need to be decided prior to the finalization of the divorce, and the waiting period is typically used for this purpose.

Due to the complexity of issues to be decided, many cases are not finalized until well after the initial waiting period, due to factors such as work schedules, depositions, interrogatories, investigations, and the timeliness of parties and their attorneys in addressing problems.

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