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Why divorces go up in the month of January

Michigan residents would not be wrong if they thought that divorce seemed more common during the month of January. January has actually been called "Divorce Month" because of how many filings are made right at the beginning of the year. Even searches in online platforms that involve things related to divorce go up during January.

How divorce may impact a retirement account

A divorce could have implications for a Michigan spouse's retirement plan. Generally speaking, any money accrued in a retirement account during the course of the marriage is considered to be marital property. However, there is no guarantee that the account will be split in a 50/50 manner. If a qualified plan is being divided, it needs to be done under the terms of a qualified domestic relations order.

Britney Spears may want more custody time with her sons

Many people in Michigan grew up as fans of Britney Spears' music, but the celebrity has lived a troubled life for many years, especially after she experienced mental health issues. According to reports, she may be planning to go back to family court in order to seek more custody of her children. In September 2019, the celebrity and her former husband, Kevin Federline, revised their prior custody agreement. They had a 50-50 joint custody agreement for a number of years, but the revised agreement gave Federline 70% custody as Spears addressed mental health challenges.

The role of gender in a child custody case

Parents in Michigan may feel as if their gender prevents them from obtaining the custody or visitation rights that they deserve. In the past, mothers were typically given custody of their children after a divorce because they were seen as better caregivers. However, as attitudes toward parenting and gender roles change, this is not necessarily true anymore. Today, judges show a greater willingness to grant fathers sole custody rights if doing so is in a child's best interest.

Delaying divorce might give you time to plan for single life

Parents sometimes question whether they need to stay together for the kids or just call it quits. The answer to this isn't always easy, and may require some thought. Even though you know that the marriage is over, you might not need to be quick to file for divorce.

Divorce impacts money, children, living arrangements

Going through a divorce is one of the most stressful events a person can experience in his or her life. For people who are approaching or considering divorce in Michigan, it's important to try to minimize the stress of the process as much as possible, which means focusing on emotional, mental and financial health. Among the biggest concerns for people facing divorce are money, children and where to live following the divorce process.

Lorrie J. Zahodnic

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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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