July 25, 2023

Can You Hold Your Former Spouse in Contempt?

When a final order is issued in your divorce or family law matter, you might breathe a sigh of relief. The order might mark the end of a highly contentious situation, and the resolution might be fair under the circumstances. However, that order is only valuable if it’s enforced. And in too many instances, individuals […]

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April 20, 2023

Protecting Your Business in a Divorce in Michigan

Divorce can have a major impact on your business. If you are a business owner, you may even stay in a bad marriage or put off filing for divorce because you worry about what it can do to your business. This is understandable and a natural fear since divorce can have a major effect on […]

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January 18, 2023

How to Gather Evidence to Prove Parental Alienation

Parental alienation is more common than most people realize, and the impact that it can have on a child is extraordinary. If your child is being manipulated by the other parent, they may experience low self-esteem, anxiety, trust issues, anger, guilt, poor school performance, and behavioral issues. And that just scratches the surface of the […]

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December 27, 2022

Escaping an Unfair Michigan Prenuptial Agreement

Many Michigan couples sign prenuptial agreements before they wed. Most such agreements serve their intended purpose very well: reducing the amount of stress and acrimony if the couple decides to terminate their marriage. Occasionally, however, one spouse discovers that the prenuptial agreement is unfair; perhaps a term regarding spousal support deprives one spouse of necessary […]

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November 28, 2022

What Is a “Parenting Plan”?

Parents in Michigan want what is best for their children. However, if those parents have gone through a divorce—or if they have never been married at all—either way, they may need to develop child custody and child support arrangements that are designed to be implemented in the “best interests” of the children. A “parenting plan” […]

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October 27, 2022

Using a real estate appraiser to value the family home

A high-asset Michigan couple who has decided to dissolve their marriage must face the difficult issue of valuing their assets so they can be divided equitably. For these couples, valuing the family home can be the most difficult issue in the division of their assets. Not only is the family home perhaps the couple’s single […]

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October 20, 2022

How Can I Protect My Finances in a Late-In-Life Divorce?

If you have been married for many years or even decades, the idea of divorce might not be on your radar. Still, an empty nest or differing goals later in life can strain a marriage. The divorce rate of those aged 50 or older is climbing according to some attorneys and researchers. Those going through […]

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September 28, 2022

How Separate Property Can Become Marital Property in a Divorce

Generally, under Michigan law, any property acquired by either spouse during a marriage is considered to be marital property. Even if a banking account or some other asset is in one spouse’s name, the other spouse generally has some property right to it. This only becomes an issue if the couple decides to divorce. During […]

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July 22, 2022

Do I Need a QDRO to Protect My Retirement Plans in a Divorce?

You may not have expected a late-in-life divorce, but you are reaching retirement and have found that now that your nest is empty you do not have the same relationship you once had with your spouse. If you are in your 50s and are facing divorce in Michigan you will want to make sure you […]

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May 5, 2022

Is Collaborative Divorce the Right Choice for Me?

For many people, one word comes to mind when they think of the divorce process: stress. Whether it is fighting for more time with your kids or arguing over who gets the family home, traditional divorce can be expensive, time-consuming, and overwhelming. Nowadays, however, collaborative divorce makes it possible for couples to separate amicably and […]

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