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When is divorce mediation a good idea?

You might have heard that mediation can be a good alternative to the usual divorce process. It's true that mediation can have many benefits, including:

  • It's less expensive than a typical divorce, in which both sides have attorneys.
  • It does not take as much time as a typical divorce.
  • The spouses make the decisions on the issues (such as child custody and spousal support), instead of leaving the decisions up to a judge or jury.

But is mediation a good fit for you and your situation?

What to expect from an alcohol safety class after DWI

What do you think of when you think of drunk driving consequences? Chances are that you think of jail time, fines, or even ignition interlock devices. While all of these are good answers, another component of DWI sentencing is a sometimes required alcohol safety class to help you better understand the dangers of alcohol abuse and drunk driving.

Here are a few things you should understand if you are court order to complete an alcohol safety class:

Does family law treat my inheritance as separate property?

Losing a loved one is never easy, and while an inheritance does not erase that pain, it can be an important key to upholding a family legacy. Unfortunately, even inheritances are not strictly immune to divorce. Depending on how a person treats his or her inheritance, it might be considered marital property under Michigan family law.

Inheritances generally -- although not always -- start out as separate property. Separate property does not have to be split up during property division, and generally includes things like assets a person owned before marriage and gifts he or she received after tying the knot. If left exclusively to an heir, and not the heir and his or her spouse, an inheritance is separate property.

What family law issues should I include in a prenup?

Prenuptial agreements do not come in one-size-fits-all formats. All couples in Michigan have unique concerns and situations that require a more personalized approach, so the ability to customize solutions is important. Here are a few family law matters that some people choose to include in their prenups.

Finances generally play a significant role in prenuptial agreements. Since most income earned during a marriage is considered joint marital property, some people might want to ensure a bit of extra financial security. One such option for addressing this is agreeing that each person can keep a certain percentage of their monthly income in a separate account. Outlining these types of money decisions in a prenup can help people overcome difficult talks before getting married.

Family law: Protecting your credit score during divorce

Credit scores are an incredibly important measure of financial well-being. These scores can open up access to loans and lines of credit that help people in Michigan move forward in life. Unfortunately, divorce can cause some people's credit scores to take a significant hit. This does not always have to be the case, though, and careful attention to certain family law processes can help most people preserve their financial integrity.

It is not the act of filing for divorce that affects credit scores, but ratherĀ the choices that some people make during the process. This is especially true when it comes to dividing up debt. A couple's divorce decree might specify that one person is responsible for repaying debt associated with one joint account, while the other must pay off a different debt. While this might make it clear to both parties who should be paying what, creditors generally do not care about what the divorce decree says and will hold the other person responsible as well. This can cause a person's credit score to take a significant hit.

Can my social media activity affect my divorce?

Living in the digital age means having the option of sharing details about your life in Michigan online through social media. Though Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and other popular social media outlets make it convenient for you to keep in touch and network with friends and family in different parts of the state and country, it has also changed the way many people interact with each other. 

Legally, you do not have to shy away from social media while going through a divorce. However, if you want to make the separation process less painful, you may want to take a break from it or modify your online activity until the ink is dry on your divorce decree. Here are two reasons why: 

Family law: Woman secures $150,000 for overdue child support

Parents with primary custody of their children often rely on child support for covering their children's daily expenses. From paying for health insurance to covering school expenses, raising a child after divorce can be expensive. Unfortunately, some parents simply choose to not pay their court-ordered child support. Michigan family law gives parents options for securing support from nonpaying parents, including seeking back child support when necessary.

An out-of-state woman recently made national headlines when she sought child support from her ex-husband. The 74-year-old woman got divorced nearly 50 years ago and her ex was ordered to pay child support at the time. Instead of paying he reportedly moved to another country and left his financial obligation behind. At the time the woman focused on raising her daughter without support.

Will Michigan family law prevent me from moving?

Making decisions as a parent can be complicated because they do not just affect you, but also impact your children. If you are divorced or unmarried, you also have to consider how your decisions will affect your child's other parent. This can be especially tricky when it comes to moving. Here are a few things you should know about how Michigan family law handles this topic.

Considering moving either to another state or over 100 miles away from your current home? No matter if you are the primary custodian or only have visitation, this type of move will affect your child custody order. Because it will affect your custody order, you will need to get permission before you can move. This is true even if both parents agree that the move is for the best.

Family law: What to do with a family business during divorce

Some entrepreneurs like to work solo while others prefer to work on joint ventures. For the latter who chose to go into business with their spouse, the topic of divorce can produce some unsettling concerns. Married couples who are also business partners will need to deal with some unique Michigan family law issues, particularly in regard to property division.

Unlike in a situation where one spouse owns a business and the other does not participate in owning or running the operation, a family-owned business generally involves both spouses. This means that married business partners will need to decide how to continue running their business after a divorce. The most common choice is for one spouse to keep the business, usually through buying the ex out of his or her share.

Helping your parents avoid financial scams

As your parents age, you may find that you experience somewhat of a role reversal. While your parents raised you - making sure you were safe and out of harm's way -- now it's your turn to do the same for them. 

It is unfortunately highly common for scammers to target the elderly. Scammers know that older people are not as computer literate as younger generations, but many also know that those who are retired tend to have more free time on their hands. They won't be as quick to click away or hang up the phone.

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