What a QDRO establishes during divorce

As Michigan couples negotiate divorce settlements, they might include a QDRO as part of their property division. QDRO stands for qualified domestic relations order, and it establishes that a person can receive payments from their ex-spouse’s retirement plan. However, there are stipulations attached to a QDRO. The domestic relations order must be issued by a […]

Prenuptial agreements are not always enforceable

The equitable distribution laws in Michigan require marital estates to be divided fairly in divorce cases, but couples who plan ahead can avoid contentious property division negotiations or unpredictable court rulings by entering into prenuptial agreements. These documents, which are sometimes referred to as premarital or antenuptial agreements, are legal in Michigan, but they can […]

How to talk about divorce with a child

Parents in Michigan who are preparing for a divorce know that separation is not easy on children. Children are likely to have questions about the divorce, and they may be resistant to splitting their time between two households. Parents should encourage their kids to express themselves and be patient as their kids adapt to a […]

Divorce can affect job performance

When someone is going through a divorce, the stress of the divorce overtakes nearly every aspect of their lives. They may have some difficulty with their Michigan employer because their job performance is one thing that can suffer. An employee needs to be transparent to an extent with their supervisor about what is occurring in […]

How parental alienation can affect child custody

Parental alienation can be devastating for a divorced parent in Michigan. It can lead to their child deciding to no longer live with or visit them. To understand and combat parental alienation, it can be helpful to understand its roots. In a case of parental alienation, one parent manipulates the child until the child turns […]

Six financial tips for your life after divorce

People who get divorced commonly take a hit to their standard of living. This is largely because you’re splitting the income and shared expenses of a single household. Suddenly, you’ve got the same total income, but you’ve got twice as many people who need to pay for housing, health care and everything else you used […]

Here’s how divorce is different in cases of domestic abuse

When you fear your spouse more than you love him, something needs to change. You may need to file for divorce. But in cases of domestic abuse, this is rarely an easy step. Divorce is never easy, but domestic abuse can make it even harder. If you’re thinking about ending an abusive marriage, you want […]

How can a QDRO help secure your future?

Worrying about your financial future is a natural feeling as you head into divorce. It’s been said that nobody “wins” when the final property judgment is handed down. While marital property division over assets such as real estate and investments are always a concern, if you are divorcing later in life, the more likely it […]

Five times divorce mediation is a bad idea

If you do any amount of research for your divorce, you are likely to stumble across the idea of mediation. And everyone who wants you to pursue mediation will praise its advantages. It offers you more creativity! More control! It can save money! Given what you know of your marriage, you may wonder: Is this […]

Managing emotions in a divorce

Divorce can be difficult for Michigan couples, and it can be even more difficult when it becomes acrimonious. However, there are ways to keep the divorce process civil even when emotions and conflicts are high. One key is choosing the appropriate time and place to express those emotions. Above all, parents should avoid saying negative […]