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Important statistics about gray divorces

Although conventional "wisdom" claims that half of all marriages end in divorce, couples in Michigan do not actually face those odds. Still, according to Pew Research Center, Americans over the age of 50 who are questioning the personal value of their marital relationships are included in a group facing rising divorce rates. In 2015, based on the most recent census results, 10 out of every 1,000 couples in the 50+ age group are getting a divorce.

Mediation isn't a sprint, it is a marathon

One of the most difficult things to do when you are going through a divorce is to be patient while the process moves forward. In many cases, people want to get their divorce over and done with as quickly as possible. Trying to hurry up and rush things might be tempting, but it could lead to difficulties with the divorce.

Trustees validated in protecting assets during divorce

Asset and property division can become one of the most complex (and contentious) aspects of divorces occuring in Clinton Township. That is because these matters typically go well beyond the simple question of "who gets to keep the house?" Gifted assets, retirement benefits and investment accounts are also considered. Estate affairs can also become embroiled in divorce proceedings, particularly in cases where only one side is party to an estate and thus elgible to profit from its benefits. The other side might try to argue that if an estate or trust account was valid while the two were married, it should be considered a marital asset. 

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.

How do you figure alimony without a judge’s input?

When it is obvious to you and your spouse that after the divorce, he or she is not going to be self-supporting for at least a little while, you may want to consider the factors that the Michigan court uses to determine spousal support. If you see that alimony is likely, you may want to examine your circumstances and try to work out a settlement yourselves. If you successfully create a fair agreement, you may not have to trust the decision to a judge who does not truly understand your situation.

Ease the stress of divorce with mediation

Couples in Michigan who are divorcing may choose to use mediation instead of the going through the traditional court system. Mediation is more informal, and it is often a more peaceful and less stressful way to make agreements on family and property division issues. Mediation is led by a neutral party who is specially trained to work with both parties and determine an arrangement that is agreed upon.

Tips for negotiating a divorce settlement amicably

Even though a couple in Michigan may agree that they want an amicable divorce, when spouses sit down to discuss the details, they may find it more difficult than they thought to keep conflict to a minimum. According to The Huffington Post, there are many things people can do to make their divorce negotiations easier.

Can I force my ex-spouse to obey the divorce decree?

After all your assets and debts have been divided fairly between you and your ex-spouse, and a Michigan judge has issued your final divorce decree, it should be time to start over and move on. But what if you get a bill that your ex was supposed to pay, but did not? What if your spousal support check never comes in the mail? This could be contempt of court, and according to MichiganLegalHelp.org, you have options.

Studies reveal factors that often lead to divorce

The decision to divorce can be the result of an epiphany or a months-long deliberation process. Whether it is one or the other for a couple in Michigan may depend on the reason behind the split. According to Huffington Post, one overarching theme when addressing the main reasons couples divorce is the inability to communicate effectively. This could be in regard to money, unmet expectations or other common sources of conflict.

Lorrie J. Zahodnic

"I will hold you up until you can stand on your own two feet."

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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