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Meeting the Challenges of a High-Net-Worth Divorce

Divorce can be difficult in any circumstances and even more so where a couple has considerable wealth. A high-net-worth divorce — one in which assets of more than $1 million are at stake — presents complex issues relating to property division and spousal support. If you are in this situation, an attorney who is experienced Read More

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How Relocation Can Affect Child Custody

Workable joint child custody plans depend on the parents living close to each other, or close enough that traveling between them to fulfill parenting time is not problematic. But changing circumstances may lead a parent to seek a relocation, whether to take a better job, to pursue an education or to be closer to family. Read More

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What is the Income Shares Model for Child Support?

Child support after divorce was once calculated simply as a percentage of the paying parent’s income. However, this method failed to take into account the resources of the other parent that could be applied for the children’s benefit. As a result, most states, including Michigan, now follow the “income shares” model, which recognizes that both Read More

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Dividing Business Interests in a Divorce

One of the most contentious issues in a divorce can be the division of marital assets — those deemed to be jointly owned by the spouses. If either spouse owns a share of a business, that share may be considered a marital asset that is subject to division. However, determining the identity and worth of Read More

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Can a Nonbiological Parent Can Seek Child Custody in Michigan?

The definition of family has evolved in the U.S. and with that change has come the legal recognition of parental rights arising from nontraditional relationships. In Michigan, a legal framework called the equitable parent doctrine allows a spouse who is not a biological parent of his or her spouse’s child, but who has raised and Read More

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Should You Consider a Postnuptial Agreement?

A postnuptial agreement is essentially the same as a prenup except that it is created after you are married. It is a legal contract setting out how your assets and debts will be allocated if you should end up getting divorced. However, postnuptial agreements until recently were not enforceable in Michigan, as judges tended to Read More

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Getting Your Finances in Order Before Filing for Divorce

Much of the stress associated with divorce concerns money. From property division to child support to spousal support (alimony), there are many financial issues to resolve. Proactively organizing your financial records ahead of your Michigan divorce can ease some of the pain of divorce. The process of gathering financial information may itself feel overwhelming, but Read More

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Factors to Be Considered in Awarding Spousal Support in Michigan

Under Michigan law, courts decide whether to award spousal support and how much to award based on a number of factors. The primary goal behind spousal support — also known as alimony — is to equalize the lifestyles of the parties, making sure that one spouse doesn’t experience a significant diminishment in their quality of Read More

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Who Gets the Family Home in a Divorce?

For many couples, their home is their biggest asset. Thus, it makes sense for people to be worried about how they’re going to deal with ownership of their house when they get divorced. Generally, there are three ways to divide real estate in a divorce. You can sell the house and split the proceeds, one Read More

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How to Deal with Children’s Extracurricular and Post-majority Expenses After Divorce

In Michigan, the court sets child support based on a number of factors, including how much money the parents make, how many children the couple has and how much time the children will spend with either parent. The typical child support order covers the costs associated with the child’s housing, food, clothing and medical care. Read More

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