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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.

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.

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.

How does family law handle property division during divorce?

Property is not just a collection of random things that a person owns. For many people in Michigan, property has significant emotional and financial value. For instance, home is a place where family memories were created, but it may also be a financial investment. Dealing with these things during a divorce can be overwhelming for even the most level-headed person. Here are a few things to keep in mind when approaching this family law issue.

Will my business survive these family law proceedings?

Michigan entrepreneurs and business owners put an enormous amount of time, work and effort into their businesses. But what happens when a business owner divorces or goes through a significant family law event? While most people do not want to short their ex-spouse on a fair share of the assets, business owners do not want everything they have worked for to fall apart. This does not have to be the case.

Family law: Don't forget about Social Security benefits

Despite being emotionally prepared to file for divorce, many people in Michigan delay filing for divorce because they feel as if they are not financially ready. This effect might be especially pronounced among Baby Boomers and those either close to or in retirement. Many are justifiably concerned about their financial security during retirement and the implications of splitting their retirement assets during divorce. In family law, not everyone understands that drawing Social Security benefits based on an ex-spouse's work history is possible.

Family law: Is co-parenting right for me?

Co-parenting is a popular trend in child custody, but is it right for everyone? Unlike traditional approaches that give one parent primary custody and the other visitation, this process requires an enormous amount of compromise and negotiations from both parents. Here are a few things that Michigan parents might want to keep in mind when dealing with this difficult family law topic.

Managing emotions and expectations in family law

Even those who go into divorce with the best of intentions can easily find themselves caught up in their own emotions. From sadness to anger to resentment, divorce can be as much of an emotional process as it is a legal one. While this is normal, letting those emotions run the show is not a good idea. Here are a few family law pitfalls Michigan divorcees should be aware of.

Alimony is an important part of family law

Securing a strong financial foundation after divorce is essential. Figuring out how to maintain that foundation can be a bit scary, though. Household income might be drastically reduced or, in the case of a spouse who was not employed, completely nonexistent. This can be a scary prospect that even holds some people back from filing for divorce in the first place. However, alimony -- which is an important part of Michigan family law -- can help ease some of these fears.

What does family law say about my inheritance?

The sentiment "what's mine is yours" might be nice in theory, but it can be somewhat more difficult in practice. For instance, what about that inheritance your parents left you? Or a valuable gift from a dear friend? You probably want to hang on to these assets during a divorce, but depending on your situation, this might not be the case. Here is what you should know about how Michigan family law handles these situations.

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