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Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO’s)

Qualified Domestic Relations Orders provide an exception to the general rule that once you have deposited money into a retirement account, you cannot withdraw it or transfer it without incurring a penalty and paying taxes on the amount withdrawn or transferred. These are orders that are available in divorce cases, or incident to a divorce. […]

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Child Support and Spousal Support Modifications: Our Top-Ten List of Considerations

Are you facing unemployment and still paying child support at the same rate as when you were employed? Are you receiving child support and facing a request from the payer to reduce child support because the payer has lost their job? If so, you are likely facing a Friend of the Court Child Support Review. […]

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Assuring the Children receive the Child Support

I often hear the complaint that the child support goes to the other parent; not to the children.  This is often followed by examples, such as the support is deposited into the parent’s checking account and used to pay rent/mortgage, utilities, groceries for the family, and other ordinary expenses, such as car payments and gas.  […]

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Does Having 50/50 Parenting Time Save Paying Child Support to my Former Spouse?

The answer is, it depends.  Only when both parents earn the same amount of income and either pay their own child care expense or have no child care expense, will there be no exchange of child support.  In my practice, I have few couples who earn equivalent salaries.  In order to equalize the amount of […]

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Will I Save Having to Pay Child Support if I have the Children More Time than the Other Parent?

Child support is determined in part by the amount of time that the children spent with each parent.  In Michigan, the time is measured in over nights, generally. There is more expense involved in caring for children than just paying child support. It’s expensive having the children spend time with each parent.  The primary parent […]

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Child Support – How is it Calculated and What Does it Cover?

In Michigan, both parents are required to contribute to the support of their children, unless they are disabled or truly unable to work.  When parents divorce or separate we need to know how much each parent earns or could earn, if working outside the home, and how much time the children expect to spend with […]

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Child Support and Spousal Support Modifications: Our Top-Ten List of Considerations

Are you facing unemployment and still paying child support at the same rate as when you were employed? Are you receiving child support and facing a request from the payer to reduce child support because the payer has lost their job? If so, you are likely facing a Friend of the Court Child Support Review. […]

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The Revolt of the “Second Wives Club”

Divorced men who are under court orders to pay their wives spousal support, (sometimes referred to as alimony) particularly permanent spousal support, are receiving political assistance from the woman who would like to become or who are their subsequent spouses.  These “second wives” are organizing around the country and encouraging state legislators to pass laws […]

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Collaborative Divorce Helps Special Needs Children

In Michigan, divorcing parents are legally obligated to support their children until they reach age 18 years or until they graduate from high school, whichever occurs later, provided the child graduates by age 19 ½ years and is enrolled in a program that will lead to a diploma. There are no exceptions for children who […]

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Extended Health Care Coverage for Adult Children

Effective September 23, 2010, health insurance coverage was extended until your children reach age 26 years, under health insurance reform legislation. The law applies if the parent’s employer already provided dependent coverage. Extension of coverage includes children even if they are not in college, do not live at home and are not claimed as dependents on […]

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