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Picking the right divorce lawyer: 3 things to look for

If you’re going through a divorce, your head is probably a mess. It may feel like your whole world is collapsing around you. Now you have to find a divorce lawyer—a seemingly insurmountable task. How do you even know where to begin?

In this article, we break it down for you. Below are three core elements to understand before signing up with any divorce attorney:

Telling your kids about a divorce: how to avoid trauma

The moment a child learns about their parents’ divorce marks a turning point in their lives. From that day forward, every event in their childhood is associated with life before or after divorce. The news can make a child feel like their world is crumbling around them—but it doesn’t have to.

In our last post, we discussed how to effectively break the news to your kids that you’re getting a divorce. In this article, we go in depth and examine how to avoid making this event traumatic for your children.

The big talk: how to break the news of divorce to your kids

Divorce can be nerve-wracking for anyone. You could be experiencing a range of extreme emotions, from rage to devastation. When you’re going through such an intense experience, it can be easy to lose sight of how others—namely your kids—will be affected. Nonetheless, how you tell your children about your divorce will have long-lasting impacts on them for the rest of their lives.

It’s important to be cognizant of your children’s feelings and help them to adjust in the best way possible. In this article, we present tips on how to tell your kids about your divorce:

Ready to divorce? Get your finances in order.

Divorce can be an overwhelming experience. Fighting with your ex over who gets the house or car can be ugly. However, beyond property division, many other factors contribute to a couple’s financial landscape. Often, only one member of a couple controls the finances—which leaves the other member in a disadvantageous position in the event of divorce.

If you’ve made the decision to end your marriage, here are a few things you can do to make sure you’re on solid financial footing once the divorce proceedings begin:

Advice from divorcées: own your financial future

In the majority of marriages in the United States, the husband makes all of the financial planning decisions on behalf of the couple. This statistic holds true across generations—from baby boomers to millennials. The overwhelming majority of married women—80 percent—report they are happy with this arrangement.

However, when divorce enters into the picture, attitudes shift dramatically. Recent studies indicate that 59 percent of divorced or widowed women regret not having taken a more active role in their financial future.

Michigan grandparents’ legal right to see their grandchildren

A few years ago, you had a falling out with your adult daughter. Things were said and done that can’t be taken back. Now she’s given birth to a son—and you’d like to have a relationship with him. But your daughter won’t allow it. Do you have any legal recourse? What are you rights as a grandparent?

Under Michigan law, the court’s initial presumption will always be that a fit parent’s refusal of grandparent visitation—known as grandparenting time—is in the best interest of the child. However, if a grandparent files a petition for grandparenting time, the grandparent has the opportunity to convince the court that being prohibited from spending time together would actually be detrimental to the grandchild.

Why more millennials are getting prenups

When you hear the word “prenuptial agreement,” you might think of a contract intended for a Kardashian—someone with high income whose “I dos” aren’t really expected to last. But for the average Jane and Joe—the middle-income couple who has every intention of keeping their vows till death do them part—is a prenup really necessary?

For the millennial generation, more and more couples are saying “I do” to the prenup. Here are a few reasons this contract is becoming so popular:

Can a posnuptial agreement benefit my marriage?

You found your perfect match. From the moment the two of you met, everything fell into place. You shared the same hobbies, political views and religious beliefs. You got along well, and spending time together was natural. Pretty soon, you made the decision to get married.

By the time you tied the knot, you’d agreed on the basics—like how many kids you wanted to have and the kind of house you wanted to share. But the importance of collaborative planning for your future didn’t occur to you. Now a couple years into the marriage, your spouse is spending money through the roof, which is causing you anxiety about your financial security and putting strain on your relationship. What do you do?

Three tips to successful joint custody parenting

Following an acrimonious divorce, it’s common for there to be bad blood between exes. You may be ready to close the door on that chapter of your life altogether, and you could be angry that you have to share custody with a person you detest.

However, joint custody can be an opportunity to make things civil—and even collaborative—between you and your ex, which in the long run is good for your kids too. Today we provide three tips to making that process a bit easier:

How the new tax plan will impact divorce

Ever since the end of World War II, alimony has been tax deductible. Under the current federal deduction, alimony payers may pay as low as 60 cents on the dollar. Law makers have held a long-standing belief that this deduction was fair—that the government shouldn’t tax someone for money that was never available for them to spend in the first place.

However, the passing of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act will change all of that. Under the new law, the alimony tax break will be repealed starting in 2019. Experts expect this change to have a tumultuous impact in divorcing couples.

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