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January 2017 Archives

Relocation plans may spark child custody disputes

Divorce is difficult on children, especially if their parents are combative. Within the first two years of a divorce, nearly 25 percent of parents with child custody move away from the non-custodial parent. Surveys show that children whose divorced parents move more than an hour apart may suffer from a higher level of stress, hostility and unhappiness. While recent studies have confirmed the benefits of having both parents involved in a child's life, if a divorced couple is adversarial, children may experience a lifetime of negative consequences.

Spousal support laws are changing little by little

Property division, child support and alimony are usually the three most contentious financial issues people deal with in a divorce. Spousal support may be the most controversial of the three, and there are grass-roots efforts working for reform in Michigan and across the country. Lately, however, the push for change is coming from a surprising faction.

Johnny Depp and Amber Heard complete property division

Most people cannot imagine trying to divide the assets a divorcing celebrity couple may have. While the average couple may dispute bank and retirement accounts, the fate of the house and who gets the newer car, superstar couples may have millions at stake when it comes to property division. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard have finally finalized their divorce, and the property they divided may leave many in Michigan shaking their heads.

Warning signs your spouse is hiding property

If you suspect a divorce or separation is in your near future, things between you and your spouse may have already reached an acrimonious level. You may suspect that he or she is attempting to hide assets ahead of the split, and you may well be right. Many people prep for divorce by trying to get themselves in a strong financial standing, and they may do so by ethical or unethical means. If you believe your spouse is hiding property or assets in an effort to minimize what will ultimately have to be split between you, be on the lookout for:

Man accused of paying child support with stolen money

When times are tough, parents in Michigan often do extraordinary things to make ends meet. People may take second or third jobs, others might open their homes to boarders and others sell some of their possessions. One man in another state is accused of meeting his child support debts in a daring and dangerous way.

High net worth and high emotions may mean poor decisions

A divorce often involves high emotions, including anger, resentment, sorrow and guilt. These emotions often provide the worst frame of mind for making important decisions, yet decisions are what divorce is all about. Those facing a divorce in Michigan may already be allowing those feelings to influence their actions, and this can lead to mistakes they will regret, especially if the divorce involves high net worth.

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