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July 2016 Archives

The "divorce mortgage" could simplify elderly divorces

It is becoming increasingly common for older people in Michigan and across the U.S. to get divorced. These "gray divorces" involving people over the age of 50 have been on the rise throughout the past couple of decades. According to researchers from Bowling Green State University, gray divorce doubled between 1990 and 2014.

Common issues business owners face in divorce

Divorce proceedings are tricky enough, but when you are self-employed or a business owner, things get trickier. Knowing what common issues might arise while dividing business assets will help you understand the processes to expect and be prepared.

Changes in MI law will affect custody cases, P.2

Previously, we began looking at recent changes in Michigan law impacting custody cases in which domestic violence is an issue that needs to be addressed. One of the changes, we noted, was that courts will no longer be able to take into consideration for purposes of determining custody and visitation the actions a party takes to protect his or her children from domestic violence.

Changes in MI law will affect custody cases, P.1

Domestic violence is a grave social ill that needs to be addressed from every angle to effectively fight against it. This is particularly the case when children are caught in the midst of family situations involving domestic violence. Two recent changes in state law make it easier for those facing domestic violence to receive fair consideration in family court.

What factors do Michigan judges consider in child custody determinations? P.2

Previously, we began looking at some of the factors family courts take into consideration when making child custody determinations. As we noted, the central factor in any case is the best interests of the child, though judges look a variety of factors when considering what arrangement will really be best for a child.

Use a prenuptial agreement to protect business assets

Many Michigan business owners have poured their time, money and effort into building a successful venture. Having a significant portion of that investment lost in a divorce can be a difficult pill to swallow. Having a prenuptial agreement in place at the time of marriage is the best way to protect business assets, but that option is not always available. If there is no prenup, it may still be possible to partially shield business assets.

What factors do Michigan judges consider in child custody determinations? P.1

Child custody is one of the most important issues-if not the most important issue-parents have to address in the divorce process. For parents going into child custody proceedings, there can be a lot of apprehension about how the decision is made and how to protect their rights as a parent. Working with an experienced attorney is critical to ensure one has solid guidance.

Who files in divorce? Why filing first matters

Once the decision to file has been made, it is important to find an attorney that you can rely on to guide you through the process and help you achieve your goals. While you may feel as though you have some time to shop for attorneys, it is important not to take too long. Even if you both agree that it is time to end a marriage, who files first matters. Find out three reasons why.