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Meeting Your Children’s Needs in Parenting Time

Developing specific parenting time gives your children and both parents the stability and predictability that everyone needs to assure a strong relationship between parents and children.  Recently, some groups have advocated for 50/50 parenting time; often scheduled as one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.  This is an option.  […]

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Getting a Second Opinion is Encouraged

Getting a divorce or breaking off a significant relationship is difficult.  Many of your friends have opinions about the best way to proceed.  Your lawyer suggests a different path.  The case may not be moving along fast enough.  You are still fearful that the overall outcome will not be in your favor. If you are […]

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Bankruptcy and Divorce

Money is one of the biggest stressors in a marriage that can lead to a breakdown of the relationship.  Some couples come to the process with considerable debt.  It’s important to consider whether there are sufficient resources to pay down the debt so that each party can support themselves and the children with the resources […]

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Being the Victim in the Divorce

             When your spouse or significant other is the one who initiates the divorce or separation and you want to stay married, a great many emotions will wash over you.  Among them is fear, anger, and helplessness.  You may also feel humiliation, guilt and shame at being left.  A common reaction is to seek support […]

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Complete the Retirement Transfer Process Right After Your Divorce

I have written before about the need to get any Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) done quickly after the divorce is completed. A recent Michigan case invalidated a QDRO when wife waited until after her former husband’s death to submit the QDRO. In that case the QDRO attempted to divide the former husband’s pension.  The […]

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What Do You Want from Your Lawyer?

Our firm asks our clients to critique their lawyers and our service at the end of their case.  We  find that their comments help us to improve our procedures, our physical plant and other aspects of our service delivery.  Most of these questionnaires are returned by satisfied clients. However one recently suggested that they felt […]

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Why do Lawyers Make Things so Darned Complicated?

For most couples, getting their finances divided is complicated.   Add to the divorce process that usually one member of the couple wants the divorce and the other does not and you have a complicated emotional situation.  Often the partner who wants to leave the marriage feels pressured to give up more property or more of […]

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It’s a Scary Time

It’s almost Halloween; a time when children and adults face their fears.  For those going through divorce, it can feel like Halloween all year long.  It’s a time to be scared.  The difference is we don’t have the benefit of great costumes to place a smile on our face and temper our fears as part […]

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When Trying to Save Money on Your Lawyer Ends up Costing You More

Sometimes clients tell me they want me to act in a limited role. They will settle some aspects of their divorce alone.  That’s fine, provided they understand the issues.  When they settle without understanding the ramifications of their actions, it can end up costing them money; sometimes lots of it. Example one. Swapping the house […]

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FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS IF YOU DIVORCE

Lately, a number of potential clients have come in to explore getting a divorce.  Some were employed outside the home; some not.  Some had high income wage-earning spouses.  Some had well-paying job themselves.  The common thread was that they had not considered what life-style changes getting a divorce entails. They had other factors in common. […]

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