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Dividing Property During Fluctuating Market

Clients often complain that trying to pin down a property settlement when the market is fluctuating wildly, as it has recently, is impossible.  You are working with constantly changing balances.  This has been especially frustrating when the market…

Accept the Child Custody Arrangement or Parenting Time or Risk Rocking the Boat

Many parents, often the dad, want advice on whether to keep the peace and accept the parenting schedule or the child custody arrangement that the other parent, often the mom, wants or risk that parent’s anger.  There may have been some “bad beha…

College for the Children After Divorce

In Michigan, the divorce court has jurisdiction over children until they turn 18 years or graduate from high school, whichever occurs later.  What about funding their college education? Whether parents divorce or not, they are not legally obligated…

Collaborative Practice Allows Business Owners to Keep their Businesses After Divorce

The family owned business is often the most valuable asset in a marriage. Most people have watched in horror as a family business is destroyed by the acrimony of a contentious divorce When couples divorce and one or both have an interest in a family…

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…

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…

Some Attorney Fees May be Deductible

At this time of year, taxpayers are particularly interested in tax deductions. If you have been paying for legal advice during your divorce, there may be some compensation in that a portion of those fees may be deductible. Generally, attorney fees pa…

Moving Out of the Family Home does not Abandon this Asset

There are common myths and misconceptions in family law in Michigan. One of them is if….. If I move out of the marital home before the divorce is final, then I will lose my rights in the home and any personal property left behind. Reality Typic…

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 numbe…

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…