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How to prepare for divorce, part 2

Once you have chosen an attorney, you should focus on additional aspects of preparing for a divorce. An experienced lawyer can help you navigate the legal angles of your case, but there are things you can do to increase your chances of receiving a fair settlement. Most of these will be easier to do while you are still married.

Responsibility for student loan debt in divorce

People in Michigan who are divorcing and who are carrying student loan debt might wonder whether that debt will be affected by the divorce. In general, student loan debt acquired prior to marriage remains the property of the person who took out the debt. Student loan debt acquired after marriage is treated like other asset in marriage, and it will be split in the divorce.

Custody dispute between Nicole Curtis and child's father

Nicole Curtis, star of the HGTV show "Rehab Addict" has been in a protracted custody battle with her ex-boyfriend and the father of her 1-year-old child Harper. Michigan residents might recall that Shane Maguire filed a paternity suit when a DNA test proved that he was the child's father. Curtis' reply was to ask for child support as well as payment for child care and the cost of the child's birth. The court gave Maguire rights to weekend visitations but also ruled that he had to pay child support and half the cost of the birth after insurance.

Parental visitation rights after divorce

When Michigan parents are going through a divorce, child custody and visitation can sometimes be a contentious issue. If they are unable to agree on it themselves, the judge will make the decision. Unless there are extreme circumstances such as substance abuse, for example, the noncustodial parent will likely be awarded some form of visitation.

Older women who divorce more likely to be in poverty

Divorce among older couples in Michigan is on the rise, and now many baby boomers are entering their retirement years newly single. Divorce among people over age 50 has more than doubled in the past two decades. Several new studies have shown that late-life divorce may not be good for women's retirement plans.