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What is an ATRO?

If you and your spouse are separating or filing for divorce in Clinton Township, Michigan, it is natural to be concerned about the balances in your joint accounts and other marital assets. Since they are accessible by both of you, you may believe you cannot prevent your spouse from withdrawing money, transferring it to a private account or borrowing against a marital property. However, these acts have the potential to reduce the amount left to be equitably divided. An Automatic Temporary Restraining Order, or ATRO, is a court order that protects marital property from this type of action.

Can men get alimony?

As women attain more success in the workplace, some husbands have changed over to the role of homemaker or make significantly less than their souse. If you are in this situation, and you are thinking about getting a divorce or are in the process of one here in Michigan, you may not realize that you may be eligible for alimony.

Relocation of a child may require a judge’s approval

In Michigan, custody issues can arise when one of the changes in a parent’s life has the potential to affect the child’s relationship with the other parent. Michigan custody guidelines indicate that a relocation does not always require a custody modification, but the parent must seek the judge’s approval if the move is more than 100 miles from the current home, or if the new residence is outside the state of Michigan.

When can I file for alimony modification in Michigan?

After your final court order in your divorce, the spousal support that you are awarded is set. The purpose of this financial support is to help you become self-sufficient without seriously affecting your standard of living. According to the Michigan Supreme Court rules, you must prove that you need spousal maintenance and that your spouse is able to pay it. When factors change after the divorce, it may be possible for you to go back to court to request a modification as long as you did not agree to non-modifiable spousal support in the divorce settlement.

Some predict challenges for same-sex marriages in Michigan

Although 37 states and Washington D.C. already recognized same-sex marriages before the historic Supreme Court ruling on June 26, 2015, Michigan was not one of them. Without legal recognition, a same-sex couple did not have the rights, privileges and protections associated with marriage, such as health care coverage, adoption and Social Security survivor benefits. Although a marriage license is now available to couples of any gender, opponents predict that the decision will only lead to more litigation.

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