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January 2018 Archives

Communication patterns that endanger a marriage

Some Michigan couples may be familiar with the work of the writer and marriage counselor John Gottman, who says that he can predict with reasonable accuracy which couples are more likely to divorce. While Gottman says that defensiveness, stonewalling and criticism are all dangerous behaviors for a marriage's health, he has identified contempt as the main predictor of divorce.

Determining paternity

Most current and prospective parents living in Michigan want to provide for their children. There are, however, situations in which one or both parents question a child's paternity. In such instances, a DNA test can provide clarity and determine whether a male spouse or partner has legal rights and responsibilities to a child.

How to get ready for negotiations in a divorce

During a divorce, a Michigan couple has the choice of negotiating a settlement or going to court. With proper preparation, negotiation may be possible. However, for this to be successful, people should understand their finances, state law and their priorities as well as those of their spouse.

Divorce in the smartphone age can involve spy tech

Social media, smartphones and other technology can play an important role in the divorces of Michigan residents. Whether social media postings led one partner to rekindle an old relationship or the use of video games or other technology led to distance in a marriage, divorce has become just as connected to tech as other aspects of modern American life. Even when technology had no connection to the decision, people may be concerned about social media rumors or stories about screenshots being introduced into divorce proceedings. However, an even greater and more dangerous concern can be digital spying or electronic surveillance that makes use of GPS tracking, smartphone apps, remote video recording and other devices.

Prenups on the rise among millennials

People in Michigan might be more likely to draw up a prenuptial agreement before getting married if they are millennials. According to studies, this generation is more likely to get prenups than previous generations, and there are a few reasons for this change.