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Are verbal agreements binding in the state of Michigan?

1 Answers. Asked on Mar 08th, 2013 on Divorce - Michigan
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I have a legal question regarding whether or not a verbal agreement is binding in the State of Michigan. In February of 2011 my wife agreed to pay me $250 a month for five years to cover a loan on a new 2011 Chevy Malibu. Later that year I paid the loan off and collected only four payments from my wife. My wife filed for divorce in the fall of 2011 and we are now divorced as of June 2012. In the divorce decree my ex-spouse was awarded the 2011 Chevy Malibu free and clear of any claim of Defendant. During the divorce I made no mention of the verbal agreement that we had regarding that vehicle. Can I now take this issue to court and ask for the remainder of payments be made?
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Answered on Mar 11th, 2013 at 8:37 AM

The answere is no.  You lost your chance to raise that issue.

Wade P Jackman


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Ending a marriage is more than just an emotional process--it's also a legal process. The court must approve your "dissolution of marriage" petition, and will also rule on issues related to the division of property, alimony (also known as spousal support or maintenance), child custody and child support. A divorce or family law attorney can help guide you through the divorce process, while also negotiating with your soon-to-be ex-spouse and his or her divorce lawyer. It's important to note that ethics laws prohibit the same law firm or attorney from representing both spouses in a divorce. Even if your divorce is an amicable one, it's critical to have your own legal representation to ensure that you're treated fairly at all stages of the divorce proceeding.
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