For unhappy couples, finalizing a divorce often feels like crossing a monumental finish line. Some people may be unhappy to realize that they are still somewhat tethered to an ex-spouse through alimony. Although alimony is an important aspect of Michigan family law that is often vital to a person's well-being, those who are ordered to pay that support can take steps to lessen the feeling of being financially attached to their ex.
The beginning of a new year is a popular time for some couples in Michigan to realize that they need a fresh start, and to file for divorce. While this is not an uncommon process at all, the outcome may be much different than it was in the past. New tax laws are set to have a significant effect on the outcome of many family law issues, particularly divorce.
Even when the time has come to end a marriage, the prospect of actually going through a divorce might cause some to hit the pause button. Divorces are often expensive, time-consuming and emotionally draining. However, for Michigan couples who are hoping to divorce while still on the best possible terms, there are other family law options.
Living together and even owning a four-legged friend before marriage is hardly uncommon in today's society. While most couples -- married or not -- find great companionship in owning a pet, things can get messy during a divorce. Under Michigan family law, an animal is property regardless of the feelings a person might have toward it. Rather than potentially lose a deep, established bond with a pet, some owners are using prenuptial agreements to sort out these issues early on.
Even when it is obvious that a marriage is not going well, some people in Michigan still feel obligated to tough things out. Whether it is a parent hoping to make things work for the children or someone who is scared of what life after divorce might bring, evidence indicates that it may be better to simply address family law issues head-on. Consider these benefits of taking that first step toward divorce.
You may have been excited when you were offered a new job or received an exciting educational opportunity, only to quickly deflate when you realized the distance involved. As a divorced parent, relocating to a new area can be complicated. Depending on the distance, you may even need to petition family law court for a modification of your child custody order before you can move.
TV shows and movies often like to depict divorces as all-out legal battles, but a real-life celebrity couple recently took a much more collaborative approach. Anna Faris and Chris Pratt settled their family law issues through a private judge, but details regarding the settlement are emerging. Michigan movie fans might be surprised by some of their choices or inspired to incorporate them into their own ongoing divorces.
You already know that you and your ex must divide your marital property during a divorce. However, before doing so, you must first disclose and value all of these assets. While you might have dutifully provided all of the necessary information, there is no guarantee that your ex did the same. Unfortunately, hiding assets is not an uncommon family law issue in the state of Michigan.
From ruining industries to taking on too much debt, millennials in Michigan tend to take a lot of flak for their life choices. However, there may not be much to criticize in the latest industry they are accused of disrupting -- the divorce industry. For a number of reasons, this generation of young adults are encountering fewer family law issues than their parents.
Thinking of marriage as "till death do us part" is a nice sentiment, but it is not always a reality. Divorce is a part of life that many people in Michigan will have to deal with, and it is usually best to be prepared. Prenuptial agreements are helpful in this manner as they can lay the groundwork for addressing complicated family law issues.