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August 2019 Archives

Michigan divorce law: Only accept reasonable settlement terms

Michigan residents who are considering divorce have a lot of little and big details that they need to figure out. Dividing a household into two is arduous work, and how it turns out in the end may not be how one thought it would be going into the dissolution process. Making the terms of a divorce settlement work can also prove challenging for some people. Divorce law attorneys often see one party looking for settlement terms that, in the long run, are unsustainable for them. A good example of this has to do with the marital home.

Bankruptcy law: Drowning in medical debt? You are not alone

According to a recently published article, roughly 43 million people in the United States are carrying medical debt. This debt, like other consumer debts, is not one that is taken on because of want; it is due to a need. Unfortunately, most people struggle to meet their obligations in full and spend years battling debt collectors because of it. Thanks to bankruptcy law, however, Michigan residents with this type of debt may be able to rid themselves of it for good and quickly put an end to creditor harassment.

Michigan family law: Dealing with a child custody issue?

If you are divorced or separated -- or preparing for either -- there are a lot of things you and your ex need to figure out, especially if you have children. Child custody issues, for example, can be a source of serious contention. Even if you think you've got everything figured out, problems often arise that require you to revisit and rethink your custody plan. In Michigan, addressing this sort of family law issue may require court intervention.

Too many young parents are struggling with debt

Many parents with young children at home often find themselves struggling financially. According to a recently published article, two things are affecting this particular population right now, and those things are student loans and childcare expenses. It is impossible to pay off student loan debt without a job, but for many Michigan residents, it is difficult to find employment that gives them the funds they need to pay their loans off and cover the cost of childcare -- which keep going up every year. 

Does divorce law protect homemakers?

In early 2019, an article was published regarding homemakers and what they should receive if their marriages end. Many believe that the roles these individuals play in a marriage do not warrant an equal distribution of assets. Does divorce law in Michigan protect homemakers and allow them to walk away from their marital unions with fair settlements?

Michigan divorce law: Normal communication or harassment?

Recently, a case in another state brought into focus the issue of acceptable communication during the divorce process. At some point, spouses have to discuss things, particularly if they have children. However, it is possible to go too far to the point where frequent attempts to communicate it is considered harassment. Michigan residents accused of harassment or, on the flip side, who believe that an ex is harassing them can turn to a divorce law attorney for help fighting the issue while, at the same time, working toward finalizing their marital dissolutions.

Bankruptcy, which form is right for you?

If you have money problems that you are struggling to overcome, it is okay to look at all of the debt relief options that are available to you. There are several ways you can approach the situation; bankruptcy is not called for in every case. However, in certain circumstances, it may be the best route to financial freedom. Which form of bankruptcy is best for Michigan residents who are drowning in debt?

You do not have to be a slave to debt

A lot in life seems to be about money. One cannot live comfortably without it, and some cannot even live comfortably with it. Most Michigan residents work hard to make ends meet. Many of them still end up taking on debt with the assumption that they will pay it off eventually. The truth is, this attitude toward debt has made people a slave to it.

Helping kids through divorce takes a lot of work

Michigan residents who are ready to walk away from their marital relationships have a lot on their minds and their plates. When children are involved, getting through this already difficult situation becomes even more challenging. At the end of the day, most parents want to do what is best for their children. This means taking specific steps to protect them during the divorce process and after the fact.

What happens if you get accused of operating while intoxicated?

It is illegal to operate a motor vehicle on public roads while intoxicated or impaired in all 50 states. However, each state has its own way of penalizing impaired driving, as well as its own legal terminology in the various laws and codes that create consequences for impaired driving.

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