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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Friday, May 12, 2017

Your Guide to Parenting Time in Michigan

How is parenting time decided in a Michigan divorce?

Parenting time is the time that a parent spends with a child. Traditionally, parenting time was referred to as visitation in divorce cases. Today, the state of Michigan recognizes that when parents divorce or separate, it is generally in the best interests of their child or children to continue the parent-child relationship. Michigan courts will always award parenting time according to the best interests of the child. Our Southfield, Michigan parenting time lawyers discuss the laws concerning parenting time in the state below.
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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Your Right to Spousal Support in Michigan

Will I receive alimony in my Michigan divorce?

Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, can provide a divorcing spouse with much need financial support during the transition to single life.  Alimony used to be the norm in most divorces, but in the past decade courts have moved away from awarding spousal support as a matter of routine.  Instead, Michigan courts will consider several factors to determine your right to receive spousal support as a part of your divorce.
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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Who Will Keep Fido? A Look at Pets and Divorce

Who will keep the family pet in a Michigan divorce?

Pets are an integral part of many families across Michigan.  For some couples, determining who will get to keep the family pet is a central concern in the event of a divorce.  Divorcing pet parents may be surprised to learn that in the state of Michigan, as well as most of the country, pets are not considered family members under the law.  Instead, they are classified as property and will be awarded to a spouse under the laws of equitable distribution.

Recognizing the attachment of most pet owners to their beloved animals, the state of Alaska has taken a unique approach to ensuring pets are taken care of when their owners split.
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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Who Will Keep the House? Marital Property Division in Michigan

How will our property be divided during our divorce in Michigan?

Making the decision to file for divorce is never an easy one, and often a main concern of divorcing couples is how the family’s property will be divided.  Family assets could include the marital home, retirement and pension plans, businesses, rental property, and more.  Deciding who should get what is always a challenge, and if the divorce is contentious, it can get all the more acrimonious.  Having an experienced

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