Understanding property division in Michigan

When a couple decides to divorce, they need to address how to divide their property and their debt. There is general information available about Michigan property division that may be helpful for couples to know. Property division Spouses may own property together like a house, car and furniture. This is called marital property. They may […]

What are my options when it comes to the family home?

The way that your marital assets are divided in your divorce can set the stage for your financial wellbeing for years, perhaps even decades, to come. With that in mind, you need to be careful in how you approach negotiations and litigation related to property division. In many instances, individuals let emotional attachments cloud their […]

Three steps to take before filing for divorce

When a couple in Michigan is in a rocky marriage, it may only be a matter of time before one or both spouses seek a divorce. If you believe divorce is on the horizon, there are some steps you can take ahead of time to make the divorce process run smoother. Document your assets and […]

Understanding collaborative divorce in Michigan

Many perceptive attorneys who represent people in divorces long ago realized that the standard litigation process often provides an outcome that is not helpful for either party, irrespective of the result. Over the last 40 years, many lawyers and their clients have attempted to use mediation as a substitute for court trials. The presence of […]

How long do people have to pay alimony?

During a marriage, couples have a certain lifestyle that they are used to living. The lifestyle they may live depends on their interests and other factors, but much of it is controlled by what they can afford. People earn different amounts of income and this can be true between couples as well. Sometimes each spouse […]

What happens to the family pet in a divorce?

Most families consider their pet as a cherished family member. But pets are still classified and divided as property, like a piece of furniture, in a Michigan divorce. Couples have options to help assure their continued relationship with their pets and their well-being. Property not family member Under the law, courts treat the family pet […]

It seems we are in the midst of a divorce tsunami

For many, marriage is hard. But, during the ongoing health crisis, marriages are being strained, and unfortunately, this has led to a divorce tsunami across the globe, including the U.S. The numbers Over the past 11 months, divorce filings have risen dramatically. After China’s lockdown their divorce filings increased dramatically. State side, sales of online […]

Common catalysts for divorce fall into certain categories

For Michigan residents who are experiencing marital difficulties or have reached the point in their relationship where it cannot be saved, it is important to know how to proceed with a divorce. Still, many people are thinking about ending a marriage, but are unsure as to whether it is the right step for them. While […]

How are pensions divided in a divorce?

There are many different types of assets that couples acquire during a marriage. These assets can include homes, vehicles, bank accounts, investment accounts, retirement accounts and other types of assets. If the couple divorces all of these assets need to be divided. How they are divided depends on the type of asset though. Some may […]

The potential downsides of divorce litigation

If possible, you may want to strive to settle your divorce outside of court. This is because a trial can take up to a year or more to resolve, and a Michigan judge may not necessarily craft a divorce decree that meets your short or long-term needs. Trials can be expensive There is a good […]