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An expensive divorce could have been even more expensive

Many St. Clair Shores, Michigan, couples start their married lives together with sacred vows in which they pledge eternal devotion to each other. Love, fun and adventure tend to be themes of weddings and honeymoons. However, the main theme of divorce is often cold hard cash, with one divorcing spouse seeking to part with as little of it as possible and the other divorcing spouse seeking to get as much of it as possible.

This dynamic can be witnessed in divorces across the country, sometimes with staggering sums involved, such as in recent case of man who founded a cancer center and the woman who is now his ex-wife. The two of them had a signed a legally enforceable premarital contract, and though that strongly affected the final resolution of their case, it did not stop them from arguing right up to the point of that resolution.

Divorce has expensive tax implications

Some St. Clair Shores, Michigan, couples make it to their 20th, 30th, 40th and even 50th anniversary, realizing their sacred marriage vows to one another to stick together through good times and through bad times, through sickness and through health. Other couples seem destined to divorce before the ink is dry on their marriage license, as they discover that they are not compatible. Those who do decide to get divorced should understand the tax ramifications of doing so.

Since many divorcing couples have children, it is important to understand taxation in relation to children. The amount of child support paid by one parent to the other is not deductible for the parent paying and it is not taxable for the parent getting paid. However, the dependency exemption for children may be claimed by one parent, though, not by both. The parent who gets to claim it is usually the one with primary custody of the children.

Asset separation in a Michigan divorce

The time during a divorce can be quite trying. In essence, two parties that became one must now become separate again. Sometimes orchestrating this process can be difficult.

Various states handle the divorce process differently. If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, there are a few things about your asset division that you should be aware of. 

What standard is used in child custody cases?

Throughout much of human history, the custody of children of all ages went to their father by default. That started to change shortly before the Civil War, and by World War I, the custody of children went to their mother by default. In recent decades, there has been a major call for fathers and mothers to be treated equally in the parenting realm, reflecting the call for men and women to be treated equally in the career realm. Currently, the standard used in child custody cases in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, is called the "best interests of the child" standard.

What does the name of the standard mean?

Learning about whiplash is critical for accident victims

As residents of St. Clair Shores, Michigan, know,. local roads can get very busy. Correspondingly, there are car accidents from time to time, and those involved can suffer an array of injuries. Common among those injuries is whiplash.

Whiplash, a strain or sprain of the neck, is an injury to the neck's soft tissues. Anyone who is in a car accident should know a few things about it. That way, they can seek out all necessary medical attention and bring their condition to the attention of their attorney if they decide to pursue legal action.

Report claims Michigan is in the top 10 in DUI leniency

There are not many states that are easier on drunk drivers than Michigan, according to a new report put out by Wallethub. According to their research, when looking at the most lenient states, Michigan ranks out at No. 9 overall.

Other states that ranked similarly were Vermont and Pennsylvania. The study looked at Washington D.C. and all 50 states.

Drivers often crash because of distracted driving

Like those living elsewhere in the country, residents of St. Clair Shores sometimes get into collisions. Many of those car accidents are due to distracted driving. Indeed, according to official statistics from the Michigan State Police Criminal Justice Information Center (CJIC), during 2015, there were 7,516 crashes in the state that involved distracted driving.

The CJIC affirms that cellphone usage played a part in 753 of those crashes, which resulted in 377 injuries and a trio of fatalities. Of course, in addition to talking on their phones, a lot of people also use them for texting. That activity is possibly even more dangerous behind the wheel since it means that drivers focus on typing and reading messages.

3 reasons to fight DUI charges

If you face DUI (also called OWI) charges in Michigan, the last thing you should do is simply give up and plead guilty. Some people mistakenly believe they do not need to take DUI charges very seriously. Alternatively, many people are unaware of effective defenses that may help, and therefore believe their cases are hopeless.

These beliefs can end up costing them. A DUI conviction can have a severe effect on your future, so fight the charges for these three reasons. 

Be aware of how potential employers view criminal records

Most St. Clair Shores, Michigan, job seekers are law-abiding citizens. Some, however, may have criminal records that have required them to secure criminal defense attorneys. Those individuals may find key parts of life, like job hunting, difficult because of their criminal pasts.

These days, most employers do background checks on potential employees before hiring them. This is easy for them to do, particularly within their state, using the potential employees name, birth date and social security number. Some employers may conduct background checks that necessitate potential employees getting their fingerprints taken as well.

A bitter custody battle keeps racking up damages

If you think a marriage can be toxic, you have no idea how bad a divorce can get. However, those who have witnessed the 8-year-long custody battle between a Michigan couple are starting to think that there's never been an uglier divorce.

In the eight years of litigation, the parties have gone through at least three judges and 21 attorneys. Over 1,000 entries have been logged into the court's docket and more than $400,000 has been paid in legal fees. Additional hearings have been held in Israel, the U.S. District Court and Michigan's Court of Appeals.

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