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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.

Cyber-spying becoming increasingly common in divorce

When one member of a couple decides they want a divorce, you might anticipate hurt feelings on the other side. You could predict anger, resentment and a drawn-out legal battle. What you might not expect, however, is for your ex to digitally stalk you, to trace your every move—and that this behavior could even be considered legal.

What happens when divorced parents disagree over vaccination?

Under Michigan law, children must be vaccinated in order to enroll in school and other group activities. However, parents have the option not to vaccinate their child if they have religious, medical or personal objections to such immunizations. But what happens when parents disagree over whether to vaccinate?

Can I get the terms of my divorce settlement changed?

Your divorce settlement became final last month, but things are not as you’d hoped. It seems like almost all of your paycheck now goes straight to your ex-spouse, and you’re struggling to make ends meet. To add salt to the wound, you only get to see your kids every other weekend. Do you have any recourse?

Looking at the basic requirements of prenuptial, postnuptial agreements in MI, P.2

Previously, we began looking at the topic of marital contracts, both prenuptial and postnuptial agreements. The basic difference between the two, of course, is that prenuptial agreements are entered into prior to marriage, while postnuptial agreements are entered into during the marriage itself. That makes enough sense, but one important point about postnuptial agreements is that, by law, they must not be made in contemplation of divorce or separation.

Looking at the basic requirements of prenuptial, postnuptial agreements in MI

In our previous post, we looked at the potential benefits of prenuptial agreements, even for couples who do not have a lot of wealth prior to marriage. As we noted, there are a number of issues prenuptial agreements can address, but a prenuptial agreement is only effective if it meets certain legal requirements.

Prenups potentially useful for more than just the wealthy

It is fairly common knowledge that prenuptial agreements are useful tools for protecting assets in divorce. Unfortunately, many people assume that it is only those with significant wealth who should really consider entering into a prenuptial agreement. In other words, there is an assumption that prenups are really only useful for rich people.

What will an attorney do to ensure my spouse doesn’t hide assets from the court? P.3

We’ve been looking in recent posts at the topic of asset-hiding in divorce, and some of the steps that can be taken to ensure a spouse obtains full disclosure of assets. As we mentioned last time, spouses sometimes try to hide assets in business transactions, so this possibility needs to be kept in mind when there is a business involved.

What will an attorney do to ensure my spouse doesn’t hide assets from the court? P.2

Last time, we began looking at the importance of the discovery phase of property division proceedings and the need for parties to work with an attorney who is familiar with the process and knows how to utilize it to ensure a full accounting of assets.

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