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Before you leave the workforce: postnuptial agreements

Leaving the Michigan workforce to raise your child can be immensely rewarding, but it may also be a decision you and your spouse do not take lightly. The effects this move makes on current financial status, retirement accounts and future earning potential may be long-lasting. At The Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., our team understands that these types of decisions can change the balance of marital relationships if not dealt with carefully.

Parental abductions: how do they happen?

An alarming number of children and adolescents are abducted each year in the United States, and a large percentage of those abducted never return home again. Contrary to what many might assume, some of these kidnappers are the parents of the children themselves. Even if the suspect is the natural or adoptive parent, Michigan laws state that taking and retaining a child with the intent to conceal the child from any other parent or legal guardian is a crime that could lead to both crippling court fines and imprisonment.

Take these steps if your spouse wants you off the accounts

When a divorce is likely, you may notice that your spouse begins to open his or her own accounts or begins to talk to you about getting off the accounts. What should you do, though? Do you need to take your name off the account, and if so, does that hurt you in court?

Lies and contempt could lead to jail time

Whether or not a spouse feels that the property division is equitable and fair in a Michigan divorce, he or she has to abide by the rules of the process. This includes reporting all assets and forms of income, as well as obeying the final divorce order. Consequences of failing to do either of these two things could be serious.

Is your inheritance still separate property?

You know that your mother never intended for you to sell the Michigan home she left to you so you could divide the proceeds with your spouse in the divorce. However, when you start doing the inventory required for the property division process, you may wonder whether it legally counts as marital property. If so, your spouse is entitled to an equitable portion in the divorce agreement. If you have successfully kept it separate from your marital assets, it is not subject to division.

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Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C. has provided skilled and compassionate legal guidance to Michiganders in family law matters for over 20 years.

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