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About Milford, MI 

As a small town in Oakland County, MI, Milford is most well-known for being the home of the Milford General Motors Proving Ground. With a population of around 6,500, Milford is located within Milford Township. Elizur and Stanley Ruggles began the village of Milford by building a sawmill in 1832, but the village was not formally organized until 1834.   

Following the creation of the Lower and Upper Mill Ponds in 1836 and 1845, Hubbell Pond was created in 1911 by a dam built on the Huron River to provide electricity. This hydropower enabled Milford to be one of the first communities to have electric lights by 1892, with telephone service a year later. By 1939, Henry Ford had built two hydroelectric stations and a carburetor plant in Milford.   

From biking and boating to cross-country skiing, ice or regular fishing, swimming on one of the beaches, hiking, picnicking, or cooling off at the Splash ‘n’ Blast, Kensington Metropark has something for everyone.   

Like people everywhere, however, those in Milford sometimes have marital problems that can lead to divorce. In 2020, there were 3.8 divorces for every 1,000 residents in Oakland County (one of the lower rates among Michigan counties). When all other avenues have been exhausted, and divorce is the best choice for all those involved, Milford divorce attorney Melissa Pearce can help.     

What Services Does Milford Divorce Attorney Melissa Pearce & Associates Offer?  

Depending on your situation, you may be most concerned about asset division, or child custody and child support could be your biggest concern. Whatever questions you may have, or issues you need to be resolved, Melissa Pearce & Associates is ready to help you through this difficult time.   

Attorney Melissa Pearce can also assist you with prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, separate maintenance, paternity issues, and protective orders. When you need compassionate divorce guidance, you deserve an experienced Milford divorce attorney like Melissa Pearce. Melissa believes in educating clients so they can more easily work cooperatively to achieve their goals.  

At Melissa Pearce & Associates, we are committed to treating every single client with respect, while using our knowledge and skills to achieve the best outcome possible.  

When Is It Time to Finally Get a Divorce?

It is truly rare when at least one spouse in a marriage does not experience some level of emotional pain when considering a divorce. After all, no matter how your marriage has turned out, there was a time when you intended to spend the rest of your life with this person. Yet there are times when divorce is inevitable. If you and your spouse spend little time with one another—and it feels like a relief not to spend time together, there are definitely problems in your marriage. The path to divorce may include one or both spouses shutting down emotionally, seeking intimacy from another person, or simply not wanting to put in the effort to compromise. While some signs that a divorce is on the horizon are subtle, others are not. Some of the most common signs that tell spouses a divorce is coming include: 

  • There is a consistent lack of intimacy between you and your spouse  
  • Your spouse no longer prioritizes you—or even devalues you, making you feel as though everything is your fault 
  • You’ve grown apart and no longer want the same things out of your marriage 
  • One or both partners are no longer making an effort 
  • There has been an instance of domestic violence 
  • Communication has ground to a halt 
  • No trust remains in the marriage 
  • Neither of you wants to compromise in terms of wants and needs 
  • Virtually everything your spouse does makes you angry or resentful 
  • One of you wants a family and the other does not 
  • There is a serious lack of respect in your relationship 
  • You argue and fight—a lot—and there is never a resolution to the arguments 
  • One spouse has cheated—and the other cannot envision a time when they could possibly get over the betrayal 

How Do You Approach Your Spouse About Getting a Divorce? 

If you’ve thought about divorce for a long time and you are certain it’s the right thing to do, you may be at the point where it’s time to discuss divorce with your spouse. Maybe your spouse is aware the marriage isn’t going well but is not expecting you to raise the specter of divorce.  

Perhaps you are pretty sure the reaction is going to be intense anger, rather than sadness. Your spouse may try to dissuade you from filing for divorce if it’s not something they were expecting or something they want.  Whatever the situation, approaching the idea of divorce is hard, yet the way you handle this conversation can have a lot to do with how the divorce unfolds.   

Simply saying “I want a divorce,” is rarely going to elicit a positive response. Calmly explain the problems in your marriage—without pointing fingers—and how attempts to fix those problems have failed. Be honest with your partner, but as an example, rather than go into great detail regarding your money problems, simply state that you have different views about money, and it has caused marital strife.  

Don’t walk into the conversation cold—think about what you want to say ahead of time and anticipate the responses you are likely to receive from your spouse. Choose a quiet time when there will be no interruptions from children or work. While you should avoid being harsh, you must nevertheless be firm regarding your decision. Your spouse may surprise you and agree that divorce is the best answer. If, however, he or she is adamantly opposed and refuses to budge, it’s time to hire a Milford divorce lawyer and move forward on your own.  

How Melissa Pearce & Associates Can Help 

Milford divorce attorney Melissa Pearce has committed her legal career to changing the way people see divorce as an adversarial process—particularly when there are children involved. Melissa believes in redefining family structure without causing emotional trauma. At Melissa Pearce & Associates, we offer a pre-engagement meeting to ensure we fully understand your goals and desired outcomes to ensure we are the right firm for each client. While litigation is never off the table, we use it as a last resort when one spouse refuses to reach an amicable resolution that is best for both spouses and the children. Contact Melissa Pearce & Associates, PLC, today. 

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