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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a retirement account, you cannot withdraw it or transfer it without incurring a penalty and paying taxes on the amount withdrawn or transferred.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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Should a Stay-at-Home Parent During the Marriage Work After the Divorce?

Many stay-at-home parents, particularly those who did not initiate the divorce, see having to go to work as one more unwanted change in their lives.  They have committed to caring for the family, which has value.  They prefer to work principally in the home in the future.  Many such clients are unhappy when the lawyer […]

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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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Spousal Support – What are the “Guidelines?”

Under Michigan law, there are well-known child support guidelines which provide a uniform system of calculating, in precise dollar terms, the amount of child support owed.  Basically, given a mother’s income, a father’s income, the number of children and certain other objective factors, the Michigan Child Support Guidelines generate a figure upon which the parties […]

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Can you Afford to Divorce?

Money or lack thereof is one of the biggest stressors in marriage. It is also a huge stressor when people consider divorce. And for good reason. Many families find it hard to make ends meet when the couple lives together and all the income is applied to supporting one home. When the couple divorces, there […]

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The Only Constant is Change

We have all learned from the recent economic downturn that someone’s financial position can change in a heartbeat.  This knowledge has added serious stress to our lives.  In some cases, we appreciate our family and the support they can provide more.  In other cases, the family cannot continue in its current configuration and couples divorce. […]

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