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You Don’t Have to Lose it All to Move On

You have probably heard a horror story about someone who lost their kids, their house, their car and their retirement during their divorce. It’s hard to believe that some really bad things can happen in a divorce that no one ever anticipated. You may have only heard part of a person’s story. You may not have heard the set of facts that led to the ultimate result.

In Michigan people in a divorce situation may represent themselves. They may agree to a divorce settlement and sign on the dotted line. Unfortunately, they may not have considered the long term effects of their decisions. It may seem like a fine outcome, UNTIL, they begin living in the new reality.

How to Avoid Losing it All During Divorce with Expert Help from Lakeshore Law and Mediation of Grand Haven, MI

It is then that remorse may kick in. They may have not consulted with an attorney. They may not know what the law is about custody, child support or parenting time. They may not have consulted with a CPA about the tax consequences of their settlement. They may not know how to finish the divorce or how to protect themselves in case their ex refuses to do what they agreed to do in the divorce. They may not have known the difference between legal advice and legal information. They may not understand every word and its meaning on the legally binding document that they have just signed.

So, how do you avoid losing during a divorce?

  • Be informed, educate yourself on the meaning of legal phrases.
  • Take any signed document very seriously.
  • Know what the law is as it relates to the facts in your case.
  • Seek the advice of a qualified family law attorney. You won’t regret it.

If you decide to meet with a divorce lawyer, Lakeshore Law and Mediation can help answer your questions and guide you through the legal system so you can move forward with your life. Contact us today, you don’t have to do this alone.

How Spousal Support is Determined in Divorce in Michigan

If you’re going through divorce, you may be wondering about spousal support. How much will you receive? Or, how much will you pay? And how long will it last?

An experienced family law attorney can answer all of your questions, advocate for you and help you move forward with your life.

Spousal support, or alimony, refers to a court-ordered monthly payment for one spouse after separation or divorce.

There is no absolute, black line formula for determining spousal support as part of a divorce settlement. As you might imagine, this generates negotiation and creative arguments for and against spousal support claims.

Because every situation is unique, it’s important that you discuss your situation with an experienced family law attorney to analyze your alimony questions.

Michigan courts look at many variables when it determines whether or not alimony/spousal support is appropriate.
The Court must consider the following factors in its spousal support decisions:

  1. The past relations and conduct of the parties.
  2. The length of the marriage.How Spousal Support is Determined by Lakeshore Law & Mediation
  3. The abilities of the parties to work.
  4. The source and amount of property awarded to the parties.
  5. The parties’ ages.
  6. The abilities of the parties to pay alimony.
  7. The parties’ present situation.
  8. The parties’ needs.
  9. The parties’ health.
  10. The prior standard of living of the parties and whether either is responsible for the support of others.
  11. Contributions of the parties to the joint estate.
  12. A party’s fault in causing the divorce.
  13. The effect of cohabitation on a party’s financial status.
  14. General principles of equity.

Although there are always exceptions to the general rule, the greater the length of the marriage, the greater the difference in the earning of the husband and wife, the higher the probability that spousal support will be ordered to be paid in a case.

An experienced family law attorney will help you evaluate the factors of your case to help you meet your goals.

If you’re facing divorce, you’re not alone. Lakeshore Law and Mediation can help answer your questions and guide you through the legal system so you can move forward with your life. Contact us today. We’re here for you when you need us.