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Michigan divorce law: Achieve a fair property division settlement

You are getting ready to file for divorce but you have concerns about how your property will ultimately be divided. Will you walk away with your fair share? It is a reasonable concern. A divorce law attorney can help you achieve a fair property division settlement, one that is in line with Michigan laws.

Michigan is an equitable distribution state. This does not mean that property will automatically be divided 50/50. It means that each party should walk away from the marriage with a settlement that is deemed fair. There are a number of ways to reach a settlement like that, but it can take a lot of back and forth negotiations -- and sometimes litigation.

Michigan bankruptcy law: Handling debt collector claims

Michigan residents who are dealing with financial struggles may get one or more calls from eager debt collectors looking to get paid. While the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prevents debt collectors from being too aggressive in their approaches, they often get the payments they are seeking by making debtors feel guilty about their debt obligations. Before giving in to creditor demands, it is okay to turn to a bankruptcy law attorney for guidance on the matter.

Here is the thing: debt collectors do not always get things right. By the time an account ends up in their hands, the information they have may not be entirely accurate. They may call the wrong people, trying to collect debt that is not even theirs. Before paying a creditor, stop, do some research and look at all debt relief options.

Always challenge drug possession charges

Receiving simple drug possession charges may seem like a minor ordeal, but it may turn into a life-altering mess if you don't act quickly to fight those charges. It's no secret that drug convictions lead to far harsher sentences than other non-violent crimes, crowding jails and prisons with non-violent offenders who may never recover from incarceration and lead the life they could have otherwise.

Many employers and property management companies automatically dismiss applications by candidates with drug convictions on their record, meaning that one drug conviction on your record may make it difficult or even impossible to find good work or housing when you need it.

Michigan divorce law: The gray divorce

When people think about divorce, they often get a picture in their heads of a relatively young couple, likely with minor children, who is just ready to call it quits. They don't really think of divorce affecting older couples who have been together for several decades, or longer, or those who are on their second or subsequent marriages. The truth is gray divorce is on the rise and has been since the 1990s. No matter when one chooses to dissolve his or her marriage, a Michigan-based divorce law attorney can help one fight for a fair and balanced settlement.

Divorce, no matter when it happens, can be a complicated process. For older adults who end their marriages right before or during retirement years, there are likely to be deep financial concerns. How will one survive? How does one go about splitting retirement accounts?

A third of married couples will require divorce law attorneys

It has long been believed that 50 percent of marriages end in divorce. That no longer seems to be the case. According to an article in Psychology Today, only one-third of marriages actually end in divorce. Those in Michigan who wish to leave their marriages can turn to a divorce law attorney to help them through the process.

Marriages end for a number of reasons. A lot of people seem to think that infidelity or some other big issue contributes to most divorces, but that is actually not true. Many marriages end for emotional reasons. Spouses view their lives differently, couples grow apart and/or unrealistic expectations have been set and unmet.

Michigan family law: What is a typical visitation schedule?

When a couple chooses to divorce or separate and they have children, one parent may not achieve custody of their kids. While joint custody arrangements are being pushed now more than ever before, there are those individuals who will only be granted visitation time as part of a family law settlement.  What does a typical visitation schedule look like for parents in Michigan?

Truthfully, there is no such thing as a one-size-fits-all visitation schedule that will be handed down by a family court judge. Visitation schedules, much like joint custody plans, can be quite flexible. It all really depends on what each parent is able to do and what is thought best for the children.

Can Chapter 13 bankruptcy law help me?

Numerous Michigan residents are dealing with monetary struggles. Financial troubles can bring a lot of stress to one's life. When it all becomes too much, it is okay to seek debt relief. Chapter 13 bankruptcy law is one option available to those who qualify.

Chapter 13 bankruptcy is open to just about anyone who makes more than the state median income and has qualifying debts. In other words, it is an option for individuals who have money coming in, just not enough to keep up with their monthly debt obligations. They would benefit from having their debts restructured so that their payments fit within their current budgets.

Michigan family law: Paying child support when on disability

There are many reasons why Michigan residents may end up on disability. Without it, they may not have any other sources of income. While disability payments may not amount to a whole lot, it is still income, and if one is ordered to pay child support by a family law court, one may have to utilize this benefit in order to meet his or her child support obligation. Here are a few facts regarding disability and child support.

First and foremost, being placed on disability does not mean that a person's responsibility to pay financial support for one's children ends. If a person's disability income is less than his or her previous income, it may be possible to seek a child support modification so that one's monthly obligation is affordable. Any arears will still be expected to be paid in full; that amount is not adjustable.

5 tips for telling your spouse it is time for a divorce

Divorce started to creep into your mind a year ago. The marriage is not what you hoped. You feel like it is time to end things.

That said, you want to stay on relatively good terms. You feel fairly certain that your spouse hasn't considered divorce yet. You worry that they will be angry, heartbroken or otherwise emotional during this process. How can you bring it up to make things go as smoothly as possible?

Michigan bankruptcy law: Scams, abusive creditors and no money

Michigan is a beautiful state, one that most of its residents are proud to live in. It is not without its faults, though. It can be expensive to live here and many residents may find themselves dealing with money troubles. Their troubles are not helped by scams and abusive collection tactics from creditors. Thankfully, bankruptcy law or other debt relief options may help some individuals gain control over their economic situations.

The phrase, "if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is," fits perfectly when talking about creditors. To help with their financial situations, numerous individuals are turning to personal loans and payday lenders just to get by. Unfortunately, in doing so, they have found themselves owing far more than they originally did and in worse financial situations. With no money, they then find themselves warding off creditors who just want to get paid. The stress this can add to a person's life can seem unbearable.

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