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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Five Frequently Asked Questions About QDROs


One of the complicated aspects of many divorces is the divisions of property and assets. Retirement accounts can be particularly difficult to divide because of the tax liabilities and penalties for early distributions. Our


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Monday, March 9, 2020

Should I File for Bankruptcy Before a Divorce?


Divorce is a common reason for filing for bankruptcy relief. In some cases, both spouses may need assistance from the bankruptcy court to overcome the financial stress caused by a divorce. In other cases, one spouse may need to file a bankruptcy case because of the divorce. In either case, it is wise to consult with experienced


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Can I Lose Custody of My Child If They Refuse to See My Ex?


There could be many reasons your child may resist visitation with his or her other parent. As children grow older, they may prefer to socialize with their peers instead of visiting their other parent. Younger children may be hesitant to spend the night in another home. Children may also dislike step-parents or step-siblings. Whatever the reason might be, you should discuss your situation with a


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Seven Tips for Co-parenting During the School Year Following a Divorce


Co-parenting can be difficult for parents who are married. However, when parents divorce, co-parenting can become more of a challenge. Children have two “homes” that might have two sets of rules. During the school year, a child can suffer if parents are not able to work together to provide stability and support. Working with an experienced Michigan child custody attorney to develop a parenting plan that provides structure and continuity for a child can be extremely beneficial for the child and the parents.


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mandatory Prenuptial Agreements: Good Idea?


Would you be willing to enter a prenuptial agreement before marriage? If not, you probably would be against a law requiring couples to enter a prenuptial agreement. Three years ago, the idea was raised in Australia. Two-thirds of the respondents to a poll on


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5 Factors that Could Affect Your Michigan Custody Battle


Custody cases can be some of the most difficult family court cases that judges have to decide in Michigan. Both parents believe they know what is best for their child, but the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child based on several factors. The judge can consider any factors that the judge determines to be relevant to determining the best interest of the child. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced


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Friday, February 7, 2020

In a Michigan Divorce, Who Gets The House?


The house and other real estate is considered part of the property division involved in a divorce.  If one party wants to keep the house, then typically that spouse would have to "buy-out" the other spouse's fifty (50%) percent equity or offset that equity with other property of roughly equal value.  If neither party wants the house, then it will typically be sold and the parties will share the proceeds.   The court will divide all of the property in an "equitable" manner.  Usually this means roughly equal but that is not always true, sometimes the court will divide the property in a manner that awards one person slightly more of the property.


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Fighting for Grandparent Visitation Time in Michigan


Q: Do grandparents have a right to visitation time with grandkids?

Grandparents: all the fun spoiling without the hard, parental stuff. Grandparenting has been called the reward for surviving your own kid’s teenage years.

The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren is strong and special in most cases. At the end of one visit, both are already missing each other and looking forward to being together again. In today’s economic climate, many grandparents babysit their grandchildren while their own children are working.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Were You Blindsided By Your Spouse Filing For Divorce?


Q: My Spouse Filed For Divorce and I Was Completely Blind-sided.  What Do I Do?

I am sure that it feels like your world is coming apart right now and that everything that matters to you is falling apart.  Call your friends and family to talk about it.  Take deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing when you feel completely overwhelmed.  Consider consulting with a counselor, psychiatrist or social worker.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Seven Tips to Increase Odds of Financial Success After a Divorce in Michigan


There are many consequences of getting a divorce in Michigan. One consequence overlooked by some individuals is the financial consequences of a divorce. Transitioning from one household to two separate households can be difficult. The couple now has to pay twice as much to support the family as it did when they were living under the same roof. Our


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Will A Court in Michigan Order Parenting Time (Visitation) at the Discretion of One Parent?


Custody and parenting time, which is sometimes referred to as child visitation in other states, is often the most difficult aspect of any divorce case.  These issues can be even more complicated where the prospective parents were not married and may have had only a casual dating relationship before the pregnancy.  In such situations, given the stressful nature of pregnancy, often


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