WHAT SHOULD YOU LOOK FOR WHEN HIRING A FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY?

Obviously, you should look to hire a lawyer that is experienced and competent, preferably one who exclusively practices family law. But, what else should you look for? I tell people to look for someone who feels like a personality fit; someone you feel comfortable talking to about private, serious and sensitive subjects and topics. I also believe you should look for a lawyer who is communicative and responsive – while being on call 24/7 isn’t realistic, you want a lawyer who gets back to you and communicates with you in a timely and professional manner. Lastly, you want someone you feel will give you good, sound advice. If you would like to discuss these attributes of my practice or any other family law matters, please contact us.

DIVORCE WITHOUT MINOR CHILDREN – WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

So much content is focused on divorces and kids, but, what about people with no children, or, kids who are adults? This video is for you. With a shorter statutory waiting period and less requirements from the Court, we can usually streamline these matters in an ideal world. For more information on divorces without kids, or, any other family law matter, please reach out today.

My son Rocky is not a paid actor!

DATING DURING DIVORCE – SHOULD YOU DO IT?

Should you date during the pendency of your divorce? What do you think? My advice is no. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t inflame tensions. Don’t incite resentment or retaliation. Be respectful of your current spouse and co-parent. Now, if you were previously seeing someone, or, you HAVE to start dating during your divorce, do it discretely and privately. And, by no means, should you introduce your shared minor children to a new date/partner/”friend” during this time. It will only exacerbate an already messy situation. Take a few months – focus on yourself and your children. Get your house in order. And, after your divorce is finalized, please, explore all the other fish in the sea. But, until then, be pragmatic. If we can assist you in consultation on this or other family law matters, please contact us.

THE WRONG WAYS TO TRY TO LOWER SUPPORT PAYMENTS

Are you the payer of child and/or spousal support and wish your payment(s) were less and lower? Thinking about quitting or reducing your employment/working hours and that will do the trick? Not so quick. In Michigan, there is a legal principle called the imputation of income. Obviously, the Courts cannot force someone to physically go to work and make money. That said, the Court can calculate your income to an amount it believes is fair, reasonable and/or justified. For example, you make $100,000.00 per year and quit your job. If you go to Court saying I cannot pay support, the Court will say, “Too bad, if you don’t want to work at that job, thats on you, but, you don’t get to quit, not work and have an income of $0.” Similarly, if you elect to work less than you can/should, the court can impute you at a higher income for support calculation purposes. What does all of this mean? If you want to attempt to lower your support payments, speak with a family lawyer about (1) negotiating directly with your spouse or (2) assessing the filing and success of a Motion to Modify Support before the Court and the Friend of the Court. If you have any questions on this or any other divorce issue, please contact us today.