Marital Property Settlement

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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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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