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What happens after the final divorce decree?

Getting from the initial filing of your divorce to the final decree in Michigan may have been a challenge. Once you have that closure, you may be expecting to leave the trauma behind and begin to heal. Unfortunately, the first step after divorce is fulfilling the terms of the court order, and this may not be as simple a process as you would expect. Money magazine points out that there are a number of post-divorce problems that you and your ex-spouse might face.

When you are ready to move on and your ex-spouse is hanging back, the reluctance to follow the divorce decree can cause conflict. It may be that he or she is simply procrastinating rather than actively resisting the order. However, both have the same effect on your own situation. If debts are not paid when they should be or the family home is not put on the market as planned, it could have a significant impact on your financial health.

Even though both of you might be eager to complete the division of property and evaluate the effects on your personal finances, some parts of the process may pose a few issues. For example, when one or both of you have accounts that could be costly to divide, determining whether to make an equalization payment or split them could be one source of difficulty.

Other issues may include failure to comply with the parenting plan, child support order and maintenance payments. Different resources are available to assist you in compelling your ex-spouse to follow the decree, including filing for contempt of court. Since failure to pay child support is a felony according to Michigan state law, the ramifications could be very serious.

This blog post is provided to inform you of the problems that sometimes arise after divorce. However, it is educational only, and should not be considered legal advice.

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