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The Jolie-Pitts are seeking a bifurcated divorce -- can I?

It seems impossible to go a day without seeing something in the news about the Jolie-Pitt divorce proceedings. Yes, it has been going on for several years now and no, they are not close to reaching a property division settlement and still have a way to go on an official child custody order. They are, however, seeking something not many people are familiar with, a bifurcated divorce. What is that exactly and is it an option for Michigan residents?

A bifurcated divorce is where a couple becomes officially divorced before they reach full settlement terms. In other words, it is a way to achieve single status faster so that each party can really start moving forward. It can give a little bit of closure to the relationship, and figuring out the rest is just business.

It sounds like a good option and it just may be. Unfortunately, this is not a type of divorce that the state of Michigan recognizes. In fact, there are several states that do not allow bifurcated divorces. Here, it is necessary for a couple to reach a full dissolution agreement and go through a waiting period before an official divorce decree will be issued -- either that or the issues must be tried before the court. As the laws currently stand, there is no way around those requirements.

Reading celebrity news can give people ideas about how they can handle situations in their own lives. In some instances, taking similar actions may prove effective. Unfortunately, when it comes to divorce, every state handles the process differently so what works for some people is just not an option for others simply based on location. Michigan residents who are thinking about divorce or who are ready to file can turn to experienced legal counsel who will be able to help them find the best way to get through it.

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