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Thursday, June 25, 2020

What Is Palimony?


When married partners confront divorce, financial uncertainty is a common worry. Most states have clear divorce laws governing the division of assets and debts, as well as strict guidelines determining the amount and duration of future support payments known as alimony.

Upon ending their relationships, unmarried couples living together face similar fears as their married counterparts. Unfortunately, few states afford them the same legal protections as married couples.

Michigan residents preferring cohabitation to marriage should consult with an experienced


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Friday, June 12, 2020

Should I Get A Prenuptial Agreement?


Prenuptial agreements are valid and enforceable in Michigan.  This has not always been the case so there are still many people in this state that believe they cannot get a prenuptial agreement.  That is simply not true, they are called post nuptial agreements but all the same, they are enforceable in most circumstances in Michigan.

Should I Get a Prenup?

Frankly, as a divorce lawyer in Oakland County, Michigan, I think that almost anyone who is contemplating marriage should at least consult with a family law attorney to discuss a prenuptial agreement.  Otherwise, you will be entering into a binding contract for life without really knowing the full details of what you are signing up for when you sign that marriage certificate.


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Zoom and Court Proceedings in Michigan During Corona Virus Quarantine


While the governor has extended the stay home, stay safe executive order, some of the courts are now proceeding with hearings by Zoom.  This is true in at least Macomb and Wayne Counties.

How will I know if my hearing is going to proceed by Zoom?

Typically, the court will send out notice to all parties, including the attorneys and the actual people involved in the case.  IF you have not received notice and your case is scheduled for a hearing before May 15, 2020, the current quarantine deadline, then you should call the judge's clerk and attempt to contact the court.  If you cannot contact the court by phone, then you should file at the very least a notice that you are not appearing at the hearing because of the executive order and you have not received notice otherwise.


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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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