New Baltimore, MI asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan

Q: How can a judge make you pay half for a item that you don't own to the other party in a divorce? Other party has noproof

Other party has lied so many times and switching her story. That now I have to pay for things I don't have any the judge is giving me 45 days. It is not a little bit of money it's over $40,000. I don't even have that much.

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Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
  • Grand Rapids, MI
  • Licensed in Michigan

A: Divorce is a civil action heard in courts of equity. To oversimplify things: a divorce is intended to equitably divide a couple's assets and debts. It is common, for example, for one party to pay the other party his or her share of a home's equity that they are keeping.

As to proof, again, it's a civil matter, not criminal matter, subject to preponderance of the evidence.

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