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Michigan divorce law: Why get divorced by the end of 2018?

Rushing into a divorce is not something most attorneys would advise. It is a significant decision, one that will affect one's life and one's children -- if applicable -- forever. That being said, Michigan residents who have been considering ending their marriages, could benefit from finalizing their divorces by the end of 2018. Changes to tax and divorce law are set to go into effect in Jan. 2019.

Michigan divorce law: dissolution timeline depends on approach

Thinking about filing for divorce? Wondering how long the process will take from beginning to end? In Michigan and elsewhere, the divorce timeline really depends on how one chooses to approach it. No matter how one goes about it, a divorce law attorney can help one finalize the dissolution as swiftly as possible.

Michigan divorce law: Is there a right way to divorce?

Everyone who has been through the divorce process will likely have strong opinions on the right way to do it. Some Michigan residents believe going to court is the only way to get what they want in a settlement agreement. Then there are others who believe in alternative dispute resolution methods. The truth of the matter is, divorce is different for everyone, so having a divorce law attorney who is familiar with all types of dissolution methods is wise. 

Michigan divorce law: Pets are property

You are getting ready to go through the divorce process and are concerned about what will happen to your pets. You've heard that other states are starting to allow couples to treat family animals more like children, permitting owners to create pet custody agreements. Michigan divorce law has not, however, changed its stance on this matter. Here, pets are still deemed property.

Michigan divorce law: Common mistakes to avoid

Michigan residents who are going through the divorce process may make a number of mistakes along the way that can hurt them down the line. Fortunately, it is possible to avoid many of these mistakes with the help of a divorce law attorney. What are some of the most common mistakes made during the divorce process?

Michigan divorce law: How to handle the 401k

Many Michigan residents who are fortunate enough to have 401(k) benefits offered through their employers may consider such accounts as separate property in divorce. This is not often the case, though. For most married couples, this is considered a shared asset -- a pretty significant one. The potential problems with dividing such an asset are many, but a divorce law attorney can make sure one takes all the necessary steps to get it done right.

Michigan divorce law and the hiding of digital assets

The only way a fair and balanced property division agreement can be achieved is if all marital assets are brought to the table. Unfortunately, this does not always happen. In Michigan and elsewhere, there are those who may try to hide digital and other assets in order to keep them for themselves. If you believe this may be an issue for you, a divorce law attorney may be able to help.

A divorce law attorney can prove helpful during mediation

Not every Michigan couple wants to head to divorce court in order to end their marriages. It is okay. There are other options. For example, with the assistance of a divorce law attorney, one may be able to achieve agreeable divorce terms through the mediation process.

Divorce law and your business

The divorce process can be challenging to get through when complex assets are involved -- such as a family or privately owned business. For many couples in Michigan, their businesses may be their biggest assets and subject to property division under divorce law. Before any big decisions can be made on how to handle a shared or privately owned business, there are a few questions that need to be answered first.

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