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Is Michigan a community property state?

If you are a Michigan resident contemplating divorce, you probably are concerned about how the property, assets and debts you and your spouse accumulated during your marriage will be distributed between you. As FindLaw explains, Michigan is not one of the community property states. Instead, Michigan adheres to the “equitable distribution” doctrine that takes your needs and those of your spouse into account when determining which of you gets what.

What things can a prenuptial agreement cover?

If you are a Michigan resident who is planning to get married soon, you may be wondering whether or not signing a prenuptial agreement is a good idea for you and your soon-to-be spouse. FindLaw explains that prenuptial agreements are a legal step that many engaged couples take prior to getting married. While traditionally thought advantageous only for wealthy people, prenups can benefit others as well since they set forth the agreements the parties have come to regarding their property and financial rights and obligations should the marriage end in divorce.

What is parenting time?

If you are a Michigan resident contemplating divorce, one of your biggest concerns undoubtedly is the amount of time your children will spend with each parent after your divorce. As the Oakland County Friend of the Court explains, this is called parenting time.

Pets and divorce: who wins?

When most Michigan residents think of divorce, the first aspects to come that mind are likely estate divisions, child support and alimony guidelines. Yet what happens to pets owned by couples going through divorce? 

Supporting kids' emotional health during divorce

As a parent, the emotional well-being of your children is generally top of mind. When you and your spouse have made the choice to end your marriage, it is only natural that you would then be concerned for your kids' health and feelings. While a parental divorce can be upsetting for children, there are ways you can help them and support them emotionally during and after the process. 

High-stress jobs can lead couples to divorce

Michigan couples often face significant amounts of stress both at home and at work, and a new study shows the industries most likely to have divorced workers under the age of 30. It will come as no surprise to most that many of the jobs topping the list are in high-stress occupations, including the military.

When should you get a prenuptial agreement?

When you are organizing wedding plans and getting ready to share your life with another person, you may feel overwhelmed with the critical decisions that must be made. From decorations and venues, to documents and appointments, your life may be flooded with a host of issues that need to be resolved. One important thing to consider amidst the chaos is whether or not to sign a prenuptial agreement. You don’t have to be famous to sign a prenuptial. Any couple who enters a marriage with property or a business may want to think about protecting those items.

Marital vs. separate property: What is the difference?

When you file wish to terminate your marriage in Michigan, there are a number of factors that must be negotiated and put in the divorce settlement. Property division may be one the most difficult topics to cover, as people become attached to items they accumulate during their marriage. It is crucial to understand the differences between marital and separate property, however, to ensure people receive what is rightfully theirs in the divorce settlement.

Failure to pay ex-wife’s attorneys’ fees results in imprisonment

While some couples are able to terminate their marriage and go their separate ways in a non-confrontational fashion, there are some divorce cases that are more intense in nature. Court litigation can be extremely intense and may end with one party in contempt of court or in jail.

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