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Start preparing for your divorce now

January is a popular time for couples to divorce in Michigan and throughout the country. This is because most choose to make it through the holidays first, whether it is to keep the kids happy or to avoid uncomfortable family gatherings. If you and your spouse are choosing to start the proceedings in the New Year, you can still take steps now to better prepare yourself for the process.

How can I prevent conflicts during the holidays?

Unfortunately, the holidays can be a very stressful time for many people in Michigan. This is especially true for recently divorced couples, who may be at odds regarding scheduling and other issues. There are steps you can take to mitigate conflict however, as explained by VeryWellMind.com.

Family law, from a first-timer’s perspective

For many people, family law issues are tough. From child support modification to filing a divorce petition and fighting over child custody, legal issues which involve former spouses and family members can be emotionally draining and may impact a person’s future in various ways. For some people, such as those who have never dealt with family law issues before (or even been to court, for that matter), handling family law issues can be especially difficult.

Debts and divorce

If you are like a lot of people in Michigan, when you have historically thought about getting divorced, your mind becomes keenly aware of the possessions or assets that you might lose in the process. Certainly, this may be part of a divorce but along the way, any debts you and your spouse have must also be addressed. If your debt situation is serious enough, you may even be contemplating filing for divorce. Knowing how or when to do this relative to your divorce requires some investigation. 

How should I discipline my kids as a single parent?

Being a single parent is tough. This is particularly true when it comes to disciplining your children, which is often complicated by a number of issues after a divorce takes place. However, proper discipline is most important in this case, as illustrated by VeryWellFamily.com. The following tips can help you raise your kids in an effective and loving manner, no matter what other issues may come into play.

Becoming divorced to your spouse

If you are a Michigan citizen in an unhappy marriage situation, you may be considering divorce as an option. However, we at the Law Office of Lorrie J. Zahodnic recognize that the end of your marriage is not the same as the end of your relationship with your spouse. During the divorce process, the two of you will have possible contact, and if you and your spouse have children together, some measure of relationship will remain between the two of you for the rest of your lives. That is why we say that you become divorced to your spouse rather than from your spouse.

What’s the difference between a divorce and an annulment?

If you wish to put an end to your marriage, you probably have questions about the best way to proceed. Some even look into ending their unions by way of an annulment, which can be a complex legal procedure in most cases. VeryWellMind.com explains these differences so you can make the best decision about ending your marriage.  

Discussing your divorce with relatives

Making the decision to end a marriage can be especially tough for some people. Aside from potential areas of concern someone may have with respect to their marital partner and children, there are other reasons why people may feel as if they simply cannot split up with their spouse. For example, someone may feel pressured to stay in a toxic marriage because their relatives believe that it is unacceptable for them to split up. However, nobody should feel forced to stay married to someone they do not want to be with. In some instances, discussing these issues with loved ones can help.

Tips on talking to your kids after a divorce

Among the most challenging aspects of a divorce is talking to your kids about the issue. Many Michigan parents struggle with informing their children of the news out of fear that they will be left anxious and unsure about their role in the family. While it can be a tough conversation to have, there are steps you and your ex-spouse can take to mitigate the emotional fallout affecting your children.

Punches thrown between Jack Osbourne and wife's new boyfriend

This may go without saying, but divorce can be tough on those in Clinton Township who are experiencing it. Many equate this toughness to having to set aside harsh feelings and emotions for one's soon-to-be ex-spouse in order to work through proceedings and come to an acceptable solution, yet oftentimes, the most difficult things that those seeking a separation have to accept is the end of their relationships. Marital partners may invest a good deal of emotion into each other, and such bonds may not break easily. This may be way tensions often escalate when those involved in divorces are forced to witness the realities of their current situations. 

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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