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Who Gets the Stimulus Check When Spouses Are Separated or Divorcing?

Going through a divorce is stressful enough, but the coronavirus pandemic spreading throughout the United States presents additional complications for spouses who have decided to split. In addition to changes that might need to be made regarding custody and visitation arrangements while travel is restricted, negotiations over property division need to address any new economic Read More

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Finding Hidden Assets in a Michigan Divorce

It is crucial to obtain full disclosure of your spouse’s assets if you hope for a fair court order regarding alimony and property division during a divorce. Though Michigan law requires both spouses to reveal all of their assets and liabilities, some people still try to skirt the law in the hope that it will Read More

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How Social Media and Texting Can Affect Michigan Divorce Cases

Emotions tend to run high during a divorce, but it’s best to think twice before you take to social media to vent your frustrations or send a text fueled by anger. A rant written in the heat of the moment could have long-term consequences for you and your family. Social media posts and text messages Read More

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Marital Property in Michigan: Who Owns What After a Divorce?

In 2019, a Michigan appeals court affirmed an earlier court decision that a man who won $80 million in the lottery while going through a divorce owed half of the winnings to his ex-wife. Why? Although the couple had split up two years before the man purchased the lottery ticket, their divorce had not yet Read More

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What You Need to Know About Michigan Restraining Orders

A restraining order can be a literal lifesaver for victims of domestic violence, stalking or sexual assault. It bans another person from entering onto a premises, purchasing/possessing a firearm or engaging in other specific conduct that could infringe on the victim’s safety or well-being. A Michigan judge can also consider a restraining order when making Read More

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Four Common Misconceptions About Prenups

For many years, prenuptial agreements — “prenups” — were thought of as tools used by the rich and famous to stop their exes from running off with half their fortune in a divorce. That idea, however, is outdated. Today, many couples sign a prenup before marrying. This is in part because prenuptial agreements can provide Read More

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How Do Child Custody and Parenting Time Settlements Deal with Holidays?

Having to miss holidays with your child due to shared custody can be a difficult reality to face, but with a carefully prepared parenting plan, you can still be there for the important ones. The State of Michigan and Macomb County, along with many other counties, provide model parenting time guidelines. The “best practices” included Read More

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What Happens at a Michigan Mediation Hearing?

Compared to traditional litigation, mediation is often less time-consuming, more cost-effective and more civil. In addition, participants have a better opportunity for their voices and perspectives to be considered. The mediation process can be used to address a wide range of civil disputes, including those related to divorce. In fact, the majority of divorces in Read More

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Is Income From Separately Owned Property Considered Marital Property in a Michigan Divorce?

When ruling on property distribution during a divorce, Michigan courts must decide whether given assets are “marital” or “separate” in nature. Marital property is divided up as the court determines to be “equitable” based on a number of factors, With few exceptions, all property or income acquired by the spouses from their wedding day up Read More

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