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Collaborative law could offer you a better way to divorce

Divorce is complex and difficult, no matter how amicable the two parties may be. If you are facing the end of your marriage, you may be wondering if there is a way to simplify the complications of this process and make this difficult step easier for every member of your Michigan family. Collaborative law could offer you a better way to divorce. 

Litigation and costly court battles are not the only ways to divorce. Couples who wish to stay out of the courtroom and work through their divorce issues may choose collaboration as a way to come to a meaningful and workable final order. This is not always possible for everyone, but it may be a worthwhile option to consider.

What is a gray divorce?

Divorce seems like a pretty black and white affair. You're married, you decide you don't want to be anymore, you dissolve the marriage and it's over. So what is a gray divorce?

Gray divorce doesn't refer to the state of the divorce itself, but rather the ages of the couple. A gray divorce is when couples 50 and older end their long-term marriage.

School starts soon: Will your custody schedule change?

When Sam and Shelby got divorced, everything was pretty much cut and dried: They had shared custody--more or less a fifty/fifty split--with each parent getting half the week.

This scenario worked well for the first couple of years; but this year, their twins are starting kindergarten. Suddenly living a city away from each other is going to make splitting each week problematic—the twins are registered for school in Shelby’s district. Do they need to modify their decree?

How is child custody decided?

Child custody is one of the most important parts of the divorce process for parents. You probably want to keep as much time with your child as you can. In some cases, parents negotiate and come to an agreement about custody arrangements. For other couples, reaching an agreement with each other seems impossible and it is up to court to decide.

But what does court consider when ordering child custody?

Divorce and the division of property in Michigan

The process of dissolving a marriage is never an easy one. There are many aspects of the process that cause stress, but one of the greatest concerns for couples is how their property will be divided. While the uncertainty that can accompany the division of property can add additional concern, the state of Michigan has laws that specify the different types of property and how they will be treated.

Before you can develop an understanding of how property will be divided between parties, you must first have an understanding of the different types of property.

Holiday parenting time

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. Families celebrate with a wide variety of traditions from watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade while munching on hors d'oeuvres to a grand feast among close friends and extended family.

The holiday season can bring anxiety over many entertaining snafus, such as leathery turkey that disintegrates on the dining room table or bits of kibble in the Jell-O mold. Divorce can up the ante. But, it doesn't have to be an unpleasant experience for you or the children when a solid parenting time schedule is in place. 


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