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You have decided to file for divorce. Now What?

Its uncomfortable to live in the same place with your soon to be ex-spouse. But, should you move out?

The first concern in making that decision is SAFETY. 

Are you afraid of your spouse? Do you fear that you may be in danger? Has there been violence directed toward you, a child, or a pet during your relationship? If there are safety concerns you must develop a safety plan. If you are in danger go to a safe, secure place with your children and/or pets. Seek the help of a qualified and experienced family law attorney. Seek the help of an expert in domestic violence.

If there are no concerns regarding the safety of your self or others, then you must analyze a different set of questions.

Divorce and Moving Out: What Should You Consider? from the Knowledgeable Family Law Attorneys at Lakeshore Law and Mediation of Grand Haven, MIWhen should you move out? Does your normal monthly budget allow for the added expense of living in two separate households right now? How will it affect the children if you move out? Will you be in the same school district? Will you be living with anyone else? Do you have adequate room for the children? How will the move affect custody and parenting time?

You should consult with an experienced family law attorney who is familiar with the practices in your county. The decisions you make today will affect your future. Make wise choices, know your options before you make a decision that may change your future.

If you need help going over your options and deciding what is best for you and your family, Lakeshore Law and Mediation can help. Contact us today, we are with you every step of the way.

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.