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Bad Behavior by Either Spouse Before or During the Divorce

Getting What You Need: What to do When Your Spouse is Being Unreasonable

Your lawyer has advised you that your spouse’s anger should subside once the divorce gets underway.  However, you are now in month 5 of the divorce.  You have heard that most cases settle.  You have been to mediation twice.  Yet your spouse seems to be getting more and more angry because you are not giving […]

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Can You Mediate or Collaborate with a Spouse Who Engages in Illegal or Bad Behavior?

Mediators generally tell you that you can only mediate with someone who can make and keep promises. Collaborative professionals require you to sign a participation agreement where the parties and the professionals agree that they will resolve matters without judicial decision-making or the collaborative process will end. In short engaging in both processes requires trust […]

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You Have Discovered Your Spouse Has Engaged in Hidden Assets, Tax Fraud or Other Bad Behavior. Now What?

In my last article, I provided some suggestions for determining whether your marital assets have been hidden. One of the reasons people prefer to avoid gaining such knowledge is the next question. Now what do I do? Hiding assets during a court proceeding, such as a divorce, is considered bad legal behavior. There are other […]

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Has Your Spouse Hidden Assets?

Are you financially aware of your family’s assets and finances? Do you keep track of your accounts and credit card statements? Does what you spend and save correspond to the income you have coming in? If a divorce is on the horizon for you, the best gift you can give yourself is to be familiar […]

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What to Do About the Addicted Professional Spouse?

The pressure that many highly trained professionals feel, including physicians, financial professionals, lawyers, business executives and other highly compensated individuals can lead to alcohol, marijuana or drug addictions. Sexual addictions in the form of spending hours viewing pornography and having many partners is fairly common. Sometimes, these addictions appear in combination. In many marriages where […]

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What If I Have Been Unfaithful During the Marriage

All states in the United States have adopted no fault divorce. This means that even if you were the “guilty party,” meaning that you engaged in some bad conduct during the marriage, you can still file for divorce. Some clients are concerned that if they begin a divorce and they have been guilty of adultery, […]

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How to Have a Successful Divorce When One Partner Cheats

Nothing quite matches the level of betrayal one spouse feels when she finds out that her husband has been cheating on her.  Recently, we have witnessed the break-up of the Schwartzenneger-Schriver marriage over Arnold’s reported over-a-decade long affair with their housekeeper and the out-of-wedlock child that resulted.  Even in cases with less compelling facts, the […]

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Using Electronics to Keep Track of a Spouse

Even when I tell my clients that Michigan is a no fault divorce state, they often want validation of their suspicions about their spouse’s fault behavior.  It can be tempting to use some of the many electronic tools that are available.  Before you do, check with your attorney to determine if you might be violating […]

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Does Fault Behavior Impact a Mediated or Collaborative Practice Case?

Many people know at the beginning of their divorce that they do not wish to resort to judicial decision-making or litigation.  The want to use mediation or collaborative practice to resolve their family disputes.  In such cases, does fault still matter? To many people it does.  The spouse who feels like the victim is going […]

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