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Alimony

How is spousal support calculated?

How is spousal support calculated?  Spousal support is when one spouse pays money (also called alimony) to another spouse for a term of months or years after divorce. The general rule is that a spouse may need spousal support if he/she is substantially dependent on the income of the other spouse for the regular necessities of[…]

tax reform and divorce

Tax reform and divorce. It could radically change Michigan Divorce!

Senate and House republicans recently reached an agreement on the final tax bill which was signed by President Trump today. The impact of tax reform and divorce law may be significant. The tax reform law goes into effect on January 2018.  However, as everyone knows we file taxes in April for the prior tax year[…]

big mistake

We made a “BIG” mistake in the Judgment of Divorce.

What happens when you make a mistake in a Judgment of Divorce?  The answer is it depends.  If both parties agree, a mistake is easily corrected.  However, if the mistake favors one party, it is not always easy. In the case of Amante v. Amante, Mich App. Case No. 331542, the parties entered into a[…]

Finding hidden income

Finding hidden income in Michigan divorce and support cases. (c) 2015  Finding hidden would be easy if everyone put cash under the mattress.  The fact is, finding hidden income is sometimes hard.  Discovering hidden income can impact child support, spousal support (alimony) and property division.  Here are some simple techniques to discovering hidden income: Look at[…]

Security for support

Support security – Securing the future payment of child support and alimony

Support security – Securing the future payment of support:  By Daniel Findling –  Divorce always involves change and an important change in almost every Michigan divorce or legal separation in Michigan is financial. For many, child support payments and alimony payments (spousal support) are an important financial component in moving forward after a divorce or[…]

Non-modifiable alimony

Non-modifiable alimony Under Michigan divorce law the parties have a statutory right to modify alimony or spousal support.  This statutory right can be found in MCL 552.28.  This statute specifically allows on the petition of a party that a court may revise an alimony award. Notwithstanding the statutory right to modify alimony, your Michigan divorce[…]

Alimony guidelines in Michigan

Alimony guidelines in Michigan The purpose of alimony under Michigan divorce law is to provide financial support to a former spouse after divorce.  Traditionally, alimony was paid by a husband to a wife however it is now not uncommon for a wife to pay her husband alimony.  While some divorce attorneys and divorce client’s argue[…]

Double dipping – paying twice – is it legal?

Double dipping – paying twice – is it legal?  Double dipping is a legal term to describe paying twice for the same thing.  When dividing property in a Michigan divorce your divorce attorney tries to maximize or minimize what is marital property depending on the circumstance.  The court tries to divide marital property equitably or[…]

Michigan Alimony and Spousal Support video

Michigan Divorce Education Series Divorce in Michigan – Alimony and Spousal support:  This video Webinar is a comprehensive explanation of Michigan law and strategy covering alimony / spousal support.  Key learnings and strategies are discussed.  I am hopeful you find it both empowering and educational.  A summary of the topics covered is provided below.  (run[…]

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