Monday, November 12, 2018

Divorce and the Stay-at-Home Parent

Will I receive alimony if I am a divorced stay-at-home mom?

Stay-at-home parents make the noble choice of leaving their careers to be home with their children during their formative years.  Any stay-at-home parent or spouse of a stay-at-home parent knows that raising children is perhaps the most challenging job of all.  While most stay-at-home parents would not trade their time with their children for anything, the stay-at-home parent is particularly vulnerable in the event of a divorce.  Stay-at-home parents, who are generally women, may not find it easy to enter the workplace after such a long absence and evolving divorce laws have made it far harder for stay-at-home parents to receive alimony.  OurRead more . . .

Saturday, October 13, 2018

California Judges Will Now Handle Pet Disputes Like Child Custody Matters

What factors will a judge consider in awarding custody of a pet in a divorce?

Up until now, pets in California, as in most states, were considered property and judges often struggled to determine who should keep the beloved family pet in a divorce. Where both parties wanted to keep the pet, judges would often consider who purchased the pet in awarding ownership.  With few laws governing the division of pets, judges were left to their own devices when it came to pet division.  Now, California has passed a new law that gives judge’s discretion to award custody of the pet after consideration of several factors, like who feeds the pet, who walks, and the like.  Pet division in the state will now be more akin to child custody cases.  Our Southfield, Michigan divorce lawyers discuss the new pet division law in California and Michigan’s pet division laws below.

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Money Matters in Divorce

How are retirement accounts divided during a divorce in Michigan?

Finances are generally the number one issue of contention in a divorce. When couples divorce, they will need to divide their hard earned assets. Some couples that have been married for years may own a home, vehicles, retirement accounts, a business, and savings accounts, among other assets. Dividing the property you accumulated during the marriage is rarely easy. With so much at stake when it comes to financial matters in a divorce, it is critical that divorcing spouses contact a...

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Lessening the Pain of Your Divorce

How can a divorce attorney ease the stress of my divorce?

Divorce is a life changing experience. While none of us imagine getting divorced as we say our vows, the reality is that half of all marriages today end in divorce. Divorce can be a complex process, and while you are going through it, the end result may be hard to see. The reality is that you have the power to make your life post-divorce whatever you want it to be.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Chinese Province Adopts a “Divorce Test”

Does America need a divorce test?

Jiangsu, China’s eastern province, recently adopted a so-called “divorce test” through the civil affairs department. Divorcing spouses in the region must now complete a series of questions when they apply to divorce. The questions are aimed at gathering whether the couple may still have hope to continue the marriage. In adopting the divorce test, Jiangsu officials are hoping to stop the rising rates of

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Divorce and Student Loans

Who is responsible for repayment of student loans post-divorce?

Over 44 million people across the United States have student loans, according to the New York Federal Reserve. The total student loan debt as of 2016 was $1.31 trillion and this number grows annually. When most of us take out student loans, we never consider how they could be affected by a divorce later in life. If you are one of the millions of Americans with student loans, read on to find out more about who is responsible for student loans and how they might be divided

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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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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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