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Friday, April 6, 2018

The So-Called Oscar Curse

Why does winning an Oscar so often end in divorce?

Perhaps no achievement is so great in the entertainment industry as winning an Academy Award. Winning an Oscar is typically correlated with a surge in an actor’s career, but it also often leads to another seemingly unrelated event—divorce. A study conducted by the University of Michigan with the National University of Singapore discovered that Oscar winners, particularly men, are three times more likely to get divorced than other actors.


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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Cold As Ice: Vanilla Ice Attempts to Conceal Marital Assets


What are the penalties for concealing marital assets?

Rapper Vanilla Ice, whose real name is Robert Van Winkle, has been accused of attempting to conceal millions in assets from his estranged wife. In October of 2016, Laura Van Winkle filed for divorce from the celebrity in Florida.  She sought the exclusive use of the family home, along with spousal and child support. Now, Laura Van Winkle is back in court and claims that Vanilla Ice failed to disclose substantial marital assets. She alleges that she discovered the rapper transferred a large share of his assets into his company’s name during the marriage.
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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

A New App Files for Divorce For You, But At What True Cost?


What are the dangers of filing for divorce without an attorney?

A new web app called “It’s Over Easy” was recently launched with a goal of making divorce simpler and less expensive.  Launched by a celebrity divorce attorney who handled divorces for mega stars like Britney Spears, “It’s Over Easy” will ask you several questions in order to generate divorce papers.  The paperwork can then be filed by you in your local divorce court or the app can file for you.  While this new app could save you money in the short term, many divorce filers could find themselves losing out significantly in the long run because they are filing without a full understanding of their legal rights.

Do-It-Yourself Divorces

The “It’s Over Easy” app is just the latest in new technologies that purport to allow you to file for divorce without the help of a lawyer.
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Sunday, January 21, 2018

The New Year Brings a Surge of Divorce Filings

Where should I file for divorce in Michigan?

As people worldwide welcome in the New Year, many couples will decide to call it quits.  Every year, divorce filings peak in January.  Whether it is linked to New Year’s resolutions or the post-Christmas lull that gives many time to reflect, divorce attorneys across the country will find themselves with new clients come January. Google Trends data further confirms the New Year divorce spike, showing divorce as one of the most popular searches this month.
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Sunday, December 10, 2017

New Study Links Divorce to Tension in Wives

What are the most common causes of divorce?

When you say “I do,” you anticipate that it will be forever, but the reality is that close to 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce.  Researchers are constantly trying to uncover what causes some spouses to divorce, while other marriages withstand the test of time.  One new study has linked divorce to feelings of tension within the marriage, particularly where the wife feels tension.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

Michigan Divorce Case Tackles the Issue of Vaccines


Will I have the right to make major decisions for my child post-divorce?

A Michigan divorce case has garnered national attention for its focus on the issue of vaccines, and now a second child custody case involving vaccines will continue to keep the matter in the spotlight.  Rebecca Bredow is the mother of a nine-year-old boy.  She objects to vaccines on religious grounds.
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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Divorce and Debt

How will our debt be divided in a divorce?

Most Americans today are straddled by debt. An estimated eight out of ten Americans are in debt in some fashion, according to financial data by Pew Charitable Trusts. Mortgages comprise the majority of debt for many of us, but others may be burdened by credit card debt, outstanding student loans, medical bills, and the like. In a divorce, your joint debt will need to be distributed, much like your marital property.
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Friday, September 22, 2017

Alternatives to Divorce: Legal Separation

How does a legal separation differ from divorce?

If you have reached the decision to end your relationship, you have the option of filing for divorce or, alternatively, you could consider a legal separation. In Michigan, legal separation is referred to as separate maintenance.  With a legal separation, spouses can remain legally married, but you and your spouse will divide your life and property. Under some circumstances, a legal separation may offer the legal remedy you need to end your relationship without the need to terminate the marriage.


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Monday, August 7, 2017

Exploring the Alternatives to a Traditional Divorce

Could divorce arbitration offer a preferable means of divorce for me?

A traditional fault divorce is stressful, time consuming, and expensive.  Couples that pursue a traditional divorce in Michigan may find themselves in the middle of a potentially public battle to divide their finances, home, and time with children. Due to the many disadvantages of a classic divorce, several alternatives have developed. In Michigan, divorcing couples can consider divorce mediation or divorce arbitration.


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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Joint Custody Bill Passes the Michigan House Committee


How might the new joint custody bill impact custody arrangements in Michigan?

A new bill recently passed the Michigan House Judiciary Committee and it could mean changes for custody determinations in the state.  The law would require that judges award joint legal custody to divorcing parents, absent evidence of domestic violence.  Supporters of the bill believe a change in the current law is needed due to the evolving standard of parenting, which includes an increasing number of people having children while unwed.
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Friday, June 9, 2017

Bouncing Back Financially After a Divorce


What steps can I take to rebuild my finances after a divorce?

A divorce can be devastating on your finances.  In a divorce, many people will lose half, or even more, of everything they have saved and worked for over their lives.  Compounding the matter, a divorce will often come at significant cost to both parties.
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