Michigan Grounds for Divorce

The Complaint for Divorce is the initial document filed with the Michigan court. It is in this document that the filing spouse will request the court to terminate the marriage under certain specified grounds.

The court shall grant a divorce upon mutual consent or upon an allegation that there has been a breakdown of the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. In the complaint for divorce, the plaintiff does not need to make any other explanation of the grounds for divorce other than using the statutory language. (Michigan Compiled Laws - Section: 552.6)

Every divorce case that is filed in the state of Michigan must declare the grounds in which the divorce is to be granted. The grounds for divorce must be substantiated with evidence or testimony otherwise the court may dismiss the case. When you are petitioning the court for a divorce, or agreeing to a divorce, make sure that you completely understand the grounds and any potential legal repercussions. If you would like to learn more about the Michigan grounds, visit the Michigan state statutes located at: