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Ways to improve visits with your child

As a parent in Michigan who wants to make every bit of time with your child count, you may be concerned about how to maintain a healthy parent-child bond that can withstand the times you are not able to be together. At The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often answer questions for parents who are wondering how they can best support their relationship with their child during their visitation.

Before you agree to your divorce settlement

Coming to an agreement that works for both spouses may be one of the biggest challenges of a Michigan divorce. The approach toward this settlement should be no different than any other contract, where a person would read each of the terms and go over fine print so that no details are missed. This is especially true for the divorce settlement because the outcome affects quality of life, financial health and many other factors in the months and years after the final order.

How does the court determine your child’s best interests?

Just as there is a general formula for figuring out how much child support you or your child’s other parent may pay, there are also criteria that the court uses when considering how custody should be arranged. Like you, the judge wants what is best for your child, but naturally does not have the same knowledge of your child, or a personal relationship that would provide this information. By examining the circumstances based on pre-set factors, biases can be set aside and the ideal division of parental responsibilities and time identified.

Paying for your posts: When a prenup regulates social media

You may have considered the numerous financial benefits of a prenuptial agreement with your future spouse before your Michigan wedding, even though, of course, you probably hope never to need that document. Drafting it when times are good allows you to approach your relationship goals with a clear head. When love goes sour, your spouse could behave in ways that you would not have thought possible. At The Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., we often provide counsel to couples who are considering what factors to include in their prenuptial agreement.

Student loans and divorce

Student loan debt has been recognized as a major issue in Michigan and throughout the United States. It may also become a serious problem for divorcing couples as they begin dividing the marital assets and debts. According to Michigan Legal Help, this type of loan is not necessarily automatically awarded to the spouse who originally took them on.

Two ceremonies may create divorce issues for same-sex couples

When you and your partner decided to make your relationship official according to the law, you may have had to leave Clinton Township to enter into a domestic partnership or civil union. You may also have celebrated the right to marry in Michigan with another legal ceremony. If you and your spouse are now facing divorce, The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., is aware of ways that these multiple ceremonies may have an impact on the outcome of your marriage dissolution.

Planning ahead: Shield your business from divorce

When you first open for business, you may cover your bases when it comes to determining what structure would best suit your enterprise, what types of insurance you may need and other factors. However, if you are married or plan to be married, steps that you take now could affect your success just as seriously if you and your spouse eventually divorce. We at The Law Offices of Lorrie J. Zahodnic, P.C., understand that there are ways for you to prevent the division of marital property from breaking your company in half, or breaking it altogether.

Is it alimony?

If you and your spouse are in the midst of a divorce in Clinton Township, one of the things you may be facing is alimony. This type of spousal support is sometimes ordered by the judge in order to make sure that a spouse with fewer resources is able to continue to enjoy a reasonable standard of living. Not every divorce involves these maintenance payments, but according to the Internal Revenue Service, they may not take the form of a traditional check.

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