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What 40 Years in Practice has Taught Me About Helping Divorcing Couples

Divorce is often a necessary component of a marriage, but it is one of the most difficult life experiences that any of us will have to endure.             Generally, people start a divorce with a great deal of anger and fear.  Those who h… Read More
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Why Does the State Control Divorce?

            The state favors marriage, because this systematizes support for its citizens.  This article is written based on Michigan law, however, many states are similar. When you marry someone, the state grants you a license to do so.… Read More
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Making Needed Adjustments in the Relationship

            Recently a client copied me on an email she had sent to her husband asking the husband to stop opening envelopes addressed solely to her, taking checks from the mail payable to her, endorsing them and depositing them in their a… Read More
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Dealing with Your Spouse's Rage During Divorce

            Whether the angry spouse is the one who filed or is being left, in a large proportion of cases, one spouse who may have been largely compliant to your wishes in the past, will resist your requests and become outright hostile.    … Read More
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Time is Running Out to Secure Deductible Spousal Support

            Deductible spousal support has long been a way to divide family income and save taxes during and following a divorce.  The higher wage earner shifts the tax s/he pays on spousal support to the lower wage earner or non-working… Read More
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Starting Mediation Can Help You Focus on Where You Agree

In recent weeks, I have been pleasantly surprised to have my clients settle a number of very difficult cases in mediation, that had appeared insolvable.  What these cases had in common was very difficult issues pertaining to their children.  These… Read More
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Relying on the Experts

            As a divorce lawyer, I’ll be the first to admit that my services are expensive.  You may also be using the services of therapists and accountants, who also charge for their services.  What all these experts share is the wis… Read More
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Using Bitcoins to Hide Assets in a Divorce

            Even before the recent spike in the value of Bitcoins, which caused the media to focus on this cryptocurrency, men’s rights groups have been advocating the use of Bitcoins to hide assets during a divorce.  Such groups claim that… Read More
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Categories: High Asset Divorces

Creating An Effective Partnership with Your Attorney

            At the beginning of a case, it’s difficult to know how much to communicate with your attorney and when.  Attorneys are expensive, so you want to use their services wisely.  Here are some tips.             If your… Read More
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Choosing the Right Attorney to do your Estate Planning

This week, I encountered a disheartening case.   An elderly couple scheduled an appointment to review their estate planning documents.  Typically, these cases involve clients who have completed their estate plan years earlier and would like it rev… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning