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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Considering Getting Divorced After the Holidays in Michigan?


Q: I Am Thinking About Filing For Divorce After the Holidays.  Is There Anything I Should Do Now?

When you’re getting divorced in Michigan, there can be many different issues to resolve.


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Friday, December 6, 2019

Can A Judge Reinstate Alimony?


Q: After Alimony Has Ended, Can A Judge Reinstate It?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, then you most likely understand that you will have to divide your property and debts as part of the process.  In addition, depending on the facts of your specific case, alimony, or spousal support as it is called in Michigan, may be an issue.
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Is Money From Parents Included in Income for Child Support or Alimony in Michigan?


If you are considering a divorce and have children, then most likely child support will be an issue in the case and depending on the parties incomes (and other factors) alimony might be an issue as well.  The court will determine income differently than the Internal Revenue Service or the State of Michigan.  Before filing for divorce, consult a 
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Sunday, June 30, 2019

How Do I Modify My Spousal Support or Alimony?


f you’re considering getting divorced in North Oakland, Michigan, you might have an idea about the issues you need to work out with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, but there may be unexpected issues, too.

Even if you don’t have the added emotional burden of working out child custody, visitation, and support for your minor children, virtually all divorcing couples have to address two questions: whether one spouse will pay the other alimony and how will the couple’s stuff get divvied up?

It’s best if couples can agree on who gets what, because if they can’t agree then a judge will decide. 


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Sunday, June 2, 2019

What Is Imputation of Income in a Michigan Divorce?


In some divorce cases it can be hard to properly determine a person's income for purposes of calculating alimony or child support.  This could be due to the manner of the person's work or where they work; such as working for the family business, being self-employed, working on a "cash" basis or seasonal employment.  It can also be due to someone quitting a job, refusing to get a job or refusing to go back to work.  The courts and the Michigan legislature have determined that they do not want an individual to avoid paying support, paying too little support or too much support because of this situation.  Therefore, the courts will impute income to a party.
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Friday, March 22, 2019

What Is Interim Spousal Support or Alimony?


If one spouse earns more income than the other spouse during a marriage, then the court may order the higher wage earner to support the lower wage earner after a divorce.  This is called spousal support in Michigan but it is in reality alimony.  A surprisingly large amount of people believe that alimony is dead and are shocked when they appear in court and the judge orders them to pay spousal support.  Michigan alimony attorneys can help either spouse to ensure that the amount of spousal support he or she is paying or receiving is appropriate under the law on an interim and "permanent" basis.   

How is Spousal Support (Alimony) Calculated in Michigan?

Michigan courts determine alimony based upon a list of factors that the court is required to consider and weigh when fashioning an appropriate amount and duration of the obligation.


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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

How Do I Get My Ex to Pay for Our Child's College Tuition?


Tuition and expenses for a college education can be significant. Many parents choose to pay college tuition for their children or contributed to the cost of college tuition and expenses. When parents divorce, the question of who pays for the child’s college education can become complicated. A Read more . . .


Monday, February 4, 2019

The Importance of an Ironclad Marital Agreement


How can I ensure I won’t have to pay alimony in a divorce?

The late, great Elvis Presley once sung of a place at the end of Lonely Street called Heartbreak Hotel. And a while she might not feel so lonely she could die, his only child, Lisa Marie Presley, is reportedly going through a difficult divorce at the moment.

She married her fourth husband in 2006 and the couple had twin girls who are now ten years-old. After 10 years of marriage, the couple is in the middle of a contentious divorce. Miss Presley is reportedly now seeking a child custody order granting her primary physical custody of the twins.
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Saturday, January 5, 2019

Will A Court Consider Income From Growing Medical Marijuana In A Divorce?


Will A Court Consider Income From Growing Medical Marijuana In A Divorce?

The Michigan Court of Appeals recently considered this issue in the matter of  Beauchamp v Beauchamp (Unpublished Opinion, October 23, 2018).  In that case, the husband originally ran a drywall business when the parties married, however over time the business morphed into a medical marijuana growing operation.  The wife sought alimony based upon income she alleged her husband earned growing and selling.

The wife's divorce lawyer hired an expert in the field of marijuana plant street value to examine the facility and the plants and provide testimony regarding the practices surrounding the industry.  The trial court put a lot of weight upon the testimony of the expert compared to the testimony of the husband.


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Saturday, December 29, 2018

Can A Man Get Alimony In Michigan?


Can A Man Get Alimony In Michigan?

Alimony is alive and well in Michigan, however we refer to it as "spousal support" technically although the terms are interchangeable.  The statutes contemplate a case-by-case approach.  The stated purpose of support is to balance the parties' incomes and needs so that neither party will be impoverished based upon the circumstances of the case.

The court is to consider the following factors when determining alimony:  (1) the past relations and conduct of the parties; (2) the length of the marriage; (3) the abilities of the parties to work; (4) the source and the amount of property awarded to the parties; (5) the parties' ages; (6) the abilities of the parties to pay support; (7) the present situation of the parties; (8) the needs of the parties; (9) the parties' health; (10) the parties' prior standard of living and whether either is responsible for the support of others; (11) the contributions of the parties to the joint estate; (12) a party's fault in causing the divorce; (13) the effect of cohabitation on a party's financial status; and (14) general principles of equity.

Spousal support is intended to allow a party to assimilate into the work force and establish self-sufficiency and does not follow a strict formula.


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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Should I File For Divorce Before The End Of The Year?


Should I File For Divorce Before The End Of The Year?

Most of the time it really does not make much difference whether one files for divorce before the end of the year.  If one wants to wait until the holidays are over until dealing with a potential divorce, typically that will not effect the outcome of the case.  Historically, the only reason to file for divorce before the end of the year would be concerns that one's spouse has some potentially serious tax issues.  However, in 2018 there is at least one very good reason why it might be imperative to file for divorce before 2019.

Divorce and family law are deceptively complicated areas of the law that effect the most important, intimate parts of a person's life and often involve the largest and most uncomfortable financial transactions one will ever face.  If you think you might have to deal with the unfortunate possibility of a divorce in your future, please schedule a consultation with me by contacting my legal assistant, Cathy at (248) 608-4123 or through this web site, I can help you. 


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