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Saturday, September 28, 2019

What If I Think My Spouse is Hiding Money?


If a spouse is hiding money, there is often a paper trail that will show money disappearing from an account or other discrepancies like a difference between income the pay records from an employer reflect it is paying the spouse versus what the spouse is actually depositing in the account.  If you file for a divorce, a good family law attorney has several tools available to uncover this information and help recover these funds in the divorce settlement.  


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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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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Who Gets the Bank Account in a Divorce in Michigan?


One issue that arises in almost every divorce case is the division of property, even in short-term marriages.  All property that comes to the marriage through the efforts of either party during the marriage is generally considered marital regardless of which party may have earned the income, purchased the property or how it is titled.  Separate property is generally property that the parties had before the marriage but there are many ways it can lose it's separate nature during the marriage.  Marital proeprty is generally divided equally while separate property is awarded to the party that brought the property into the marriage. 

If you or your spouse has considerable premarital assets and are concerned about whether the court will divide that property between you, working with your 


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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Can I Change Custody of My Children in Michigan?


There are two types of custody in Michigan, legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody refers to decision making for the children such as religious upbringing, where the children attend school and immunizations.  Physical custody refers to with whom the children reside or spend more time.  Changing either type of custody in Michigan is difficult and often requires considerable litigation.

The Law Regarding Modification of Custody

The statutes or laws about changing custody are designed to minimize unwarranted and disruptive changes in children’s custody.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Alimony in Gross Vs. Periodic alimony in Michigan


This blog is about alimony.  In Michigan, we call it spousal support but it is the same thing.  There are different types of alimony that one might pursue in a divorce.  A 
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Monday, September 9, 2019

Michigan Family Law Attorney - Getting a Divorce? Better Update Your Estate Plan


There are so many things to take care of when you are getting divorced. Understandably, a few things might fall through the cracks. However, updating your estate plan should not be one of the forgotten or overlooked tasks on your divorce to-do list. Working with your estate attorney and your
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How Your Michigan Divorce Case Can Affect Your Taxes Right Now and Moving Forward


Divorce affects almost every area of your life, including your tax obligations. For some couples who have maintained virtually separate financial lives during their marriage, a divorce may not have a significant impact on their taxes. However, for the average couple who combines their finances when they get married, a divorce could have several significant tax consequences. Before changing anything, consult a
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

When Dividing Property in a Divorce, Does the Court Have to Consider Tax Consequences?


There are many issues that one might face in a divorce, including but not limited to: custody, visitation, child support and alimony or spousal support.  However property division and division of debt are involved in almost every case.  This includes such things as the marital home, personal property, bank accounts and other tangible assets.  It also includes retirement accounts and pensions as well.  Assets like retirement accounts and pensions will require the spouse who withdraws the money to pay taxes on those funds before he or she gets the money, other assets do not have this tax issue.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

How Long Does the Divorce Process Take?


For some couples, it could take much longer to get a divorce than it did to plan the wedding and get married. Many factors impact the timeline for the divorce process in Michigan. Working with a
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Friday, August 23, 2019

What Is a No-Fault Divorce?


No-fault refers to whether a “ground” is required to obtain a divorce. Each state enacts laws that define the requirements for obtaining a divorce in that state. It is important to understand the divorce laws before proceeding to protect your best interests during the entire divorce process. A Michigan divorce attorney can help you by explaining Michigan divorce laws, including no-fault divorces.

What are the Grounds for Divorce in Michigan?

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

How Do Retirement Funds or Pensions Get Split in a Divorce?


When a person gets divorced in Michigan there are often many issues that may include alimony, child custody, parenting time and child support but almost every case requires a division of property and debt.  When dividing property; the court will first determine whether the property is marital or separate.  Marital property will be subject to a roughly equal division, while separate property will remain the sole property of the spouse that owns the separate property.  Classification of property can be confusing. A 
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