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May 2013 Archives

Should a woman change her name after a divorce?

Women find themselves in a unique position after a divorce. They have the option of changing their name back to what it was before they were married. There is a stipulation, though. This option must be put into the divorce decree in most states in order for a woman to change her name back at a later date.

Preparing your finances for a divorce

Divorce often has a number of unavoidable repercussions on one's mental health, stress levels, emotions and personal life. Fortunately, Michigan residents who take the appropriate steps can help ensure they do not suffer negative financial effects, allowing them to focus on addressing other issues raised by the dissolution of their marriages.

Co-parenting tips for divorcees

Divorce can be intensely difficult, even years after it is finalized. Residual tension and bitterness over the terms of the divorce can make it difficult for former spouses to associate on cordial terms. However, doing so becomes crucial when those parties share custody of a child. Failing to exercise appropriate coparenting techniques can have debilitating effects on a child's emotional and interpersonal development. However, divorced Michigan couples who are able to temporarily put aside their differences for the benefit of their child's best interests can ensure the child has a mutually loving and caring relationship with both parents.

Michigan father could lose visitation rights

A Michigan woman says the state law that allows the father of her six-year-old daughter to visit the girl is preventing her from protecting her child. The father is a convicted sex offender, meaning that he cannot go near schools, sporting events and other places where children are present. Michigan law, however, does not expressly forbid him from exercising his parental rights and visiting his daughter. The girl's mother has taken the man to court in order to prevent her ex-husband from seeking visitation and child custody. The man was previously convicted of sex crimes involving underage girls.

Dealing with an ex-spouse's business debt

While most people are familiar with the property distribution phase of a divorce, some may be unaware that debt and its repercussions can be also be divided between both parties. A Michigan divorcé(e) could potentially be found liable for a former spouse's unpaid credit card debt, damaging his or her credit score. However, experts say that such an outcome does not occur in every divorce case, but only when certain criteria are met.

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