Divorce or Separation
When a marriage starts to breakdown to a point of no return, end it in divorce or separation.
Separation may be wise, where the parties choose to remain connected through property or children, and can remain civilly cordial and friendly.
Divorce is necessary when civility and proper social conduct cannot be maintained, as well as when both parties would like to cut-clean and start over fresh.
Not all divorce is bitter, and not all separations are permanent, but it is certainly wise to seek counsel anytime you turn towards that path.
Child Custody and Support
Where both parents are well adjusted and socially apt, joint custody of children is advisable.
Whether or not joint custody is possible for any number of reasons, child support is almost always necessary.
Michigan has very specific rules regarding child support and custody, it is important to have an attorney on your side if you want your opinion heard.