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February 2018 Archives

Family law experts predict new tax law will spur divorces in 2018

When a couple in Michigan or elsewhere around the country get a divorce, the issue of alimony or spousal support is likely to be addressed. For the past 75 years, alimony was taxed a certain way for the payer and the recipient. However, the new tax law that was approved late last year changes how alimony will be taxed. Family law experts predict that these changes will affect how divorces will be handled during the remainder of 2018.

Criminal defense: Over 480 arrested in drunk driving operation

The holiday season often brings many occasions for people to attend parties and celebrations where alcoholic beverages are served. During this time, law enforcement officials routinely focus on curtailing the number of people who get behind the wheel of a vehicle after drinking. A recent effort by Michigan police resulted in over 480 motorists focusing on criminal defense concerns following their arrests for alleged drunk driving.

Is age a reason to not get a divorce?

While gray divorce is clearly on the rise, you may still shy away from divorce due to your age. For example, you may think something like, "I'm 65. How will I ever meet someone new?" or "How can I stay afloat financially?" Indeed, older people can have many concerns that keep them from pursuing divorce.

Family law advisors recommend how to protect finances in divorce

When a couple in Michigan or elsewhere around the country decide to get a divorce, there is always much discussion around finances. Family law experts believe that those financial discussions become even more complicated when the couple is older. In fact, further complexities arise if one or both of the ex-spouses decides to remarry. Advisers recommend several steps to protect one's financial situation, whether a person is currently married, planning to be married or going through a divorce.

Family law experts say divorce affects children differently

When couples get divorced in Michigan or elsewhere around the nation, they have numerous issues to resolve. Housing, retirement accounts and spousal support are just a few of the topics that must be discussed when a marriage comes to an end. However, family law experts note that for couples with children, it is of utmost importance to carefully address the children's needs. Two rural sociologists recently studied how farm families were affected by divorce. However, national data indicates that divorce can influence children and their families, regardless of the parents' occupations.

Shared parenting gaining support in family law

When a Michigan couple or others across the country go though a divorce, child custody issues are among the most sensitive in the deliberations. While traditional arrangements often saw the children spend the majority of their time with one parent, shared parenting is now gaining more widespread support. In fact, family law experts report that 25 states either have legislation in place that supports shared parenting or are considering it.

3 ways substance abuse affects divorce

Various factors likely contribute to the end of your marriage. Every circumstance is unique, but one aspect that may play a huge role in your divorce is substance abuse. Drug or alcohol addiction is detrimental to relationships. Not only does abuse of alcohol and drugs cause divorce, but it can also impact the divorce process.

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