I Was Awarded Part of My Ex’s Retirement Plan—How Do I Get It?

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Divorce involves the division of marital property, and some property is easier to divide than others. The joint bank account can be closed and the contents split right down the middle. Much more challenging, for a variety of reasons, is the division of most retirement plans. If you or your spouse have an employer-provided retirement […]

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Should I Tell My Divorce Attorney About My Affair?

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How are divorce attorneys like bartenders and hairstylists? We often get to hear secrets our clients don’t share with most other people. But unlike bartenders and hairstylists, hearing secrets—or not hearing them—can affect our ability to do our jobs well. You might share a secret with your bartender because you’ve been seeing him every week […]

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How Divorce Affects Your Social Security Benefits

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Divorce carries with it a number of financial considerations: will you stay in the marital home, let your spouse take it, or sell it? Will there be spousal support? How will you divide up your retirement accounts? But one thing many people fail to think about is Social Security benefits, possibly because during the divorce […]

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Michigan Friend of the Court: What You Need to Know

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The family division of the Michigan circuit court system is responsible for hearing family law and domestic cases, including divorce, child support and child custody. When people enter into a family law matter in Michigan, they often imagine that they will have the opportunity to give the judge all the information that they feel is […]

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What is the Timeline for a Michigan Divorce?

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If you are planning to divorce in Michigan, you are probably wondering just how long it will take, and what you will encounter during the divorce process. The answer, as you might suspect, depends somewhat on the facts of your case, but there is much that is predictable about the timeline for a Michigan divorce. […]

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How Will My Divorce Affect My Credit?

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You know that divorce will affect your finances. You may be losing your spouse’s income, or have to pay child support or spousal support. Your living expenses might well consume a larger percentage of your household income. One question you may have forgotten to ask yourself, though, is “how will my divorce affect my credit?” […]

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How to Update Your Estate Plan After Divorce

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If you’re a parent, there’s a good chance you and your spouse created an estate plan to provide for your child’s well-being in the event something happens to either or both of you. Now you’re getting divorced, or newly divorced. How does that estate plan need to change? If reading the paragraph above made you […]

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Who Should File for Divorce First in Michigan?

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In some Michigan divorces, one spouse serves the other with divorce papers, and the spouse who is served is blindsided. In most divorces, though, the couple knows their marriage is in deep trouble. If you know you and your spouse are headed for divorce, should you file for divorce first, or let them file? The […]

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Marital and Separate Property in Michigan

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If you’re getting divorced in Michigan, you know that part of the process is the division of marital property. What you may not know is exactly what “marital property” means. Not all property that belongs to you and your spouse is marital, and before a judge can divide it up, he or she will need […]

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When One Parent Moves After Divorce

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Divorce, it’s said, ends a marriage, but not a family. When you divorce with kids, you are never completely disconnected from your ex. In order to see your kids on a regular basis, it’s necessary that you live within a reasonable distance of each other. Usually, at the time of your divorce, this isn’t a […]

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