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Proving your parenting skills in a Michigan custody battle

No parent is perfect. In your journey as a parent, you're probably learning all the time and encountering new challenges. If you've recently split with the other parent of your child, you may also be worried about the effect that this is having on your child and whether you made the best decision for them.

The concerns and worries that you have about your children demonstrate that you deeply love them and care for them. While the divorce of a child's parents can have an impact, any negative implications can be minimized by allocating child custody arrangements smoothly. The following is an overview of how your parenting skills are evaluated by Michigan child custody courts.

How to hold onto your business partnership in a divorce

You are a professional who is partnered with one or more colleagues in a business. You and your spouse are about to divorce. You (and your business partners) are very worried at the way the divorce can impact your business practice.

What do you need to do? Will your spouse really be able to winnow "their share" of the thriving practice despite not having ever invested any financial or "sweat" equity into it?

How to protect your assets in divorce

You'll have many questions and concerns as you approach divorce, including those associated with your finances. Not only are you concerned about the here and now, but you know that your divorce will affect your future.

There are many steps you can take to protect your assets in a divorce. Here are some things you should do:

  • Review your prenuptial agreement: If you have a prenuptial agreement, review the terms and conditions to better understand how it protects you. The same holds true if you created a post-nuptial agreement with your soon to be ex-spouse.
  • Make a list of separate and joint property: Jointly owned assets are likely to be divided in your divorce. Conversely, separate assets, such as those that you brought into the marriage, are not subject to division.
  • Fight for a fair distribution of property: For example, if you're going through divorce mediation, it's up to you and your ex to negotiate and compromise. You have a legal right to receive your fair share of the assets from your divorce, so don't give in. Even though you want to quickly finalize your divorce, don't do so at the risk of losing out on assets you should receive.

How to drive safely on a road trip

If you're taking to the road for an extended distance, your safety should be a top priority. Without this approach, you increase the risk of suffering an injury in a motor vehicle accident.

Here are some safety tips you can use to your advantage on a road trip:

  • Prepare your vehicle: Make sure your vehicle is prepared for the road, such as by inflating its tires to the proper PSI, checking the tread and making sure that your windshield wipers work.
  • Avoid distractions: The longer you're behind the wheel, the more likely it is that you'll fall prey to distractions. If you find your mind wandering, pull to safety and take a break.
  • Watch the other driver: You can be as safe as you want, but that doesn't have anything to do with the other drivers on the road. Another person could cause an accident, such as by texting or ignoring the rules of the road.
  • Get enough sleep: If you know you'll be on the road for an extended period of time, bank as much sleep in advance as possible. Should you become tired while driving, don't wait to pull to safety and rest your mind and body.

How to mentally prepare for the divorce process

With the divorce process closing in on you, it's easy to turn all your attention to matters regarding debt and property division, child custody, child support, spousal support and other related details.

But there's something you may be overlooking: Your mental preparation.

What to do when co-parenting isn’t working

If you have children with your ex-spouse, you know that co-parenting is now a big part of your life. And even though you want to do what's right for your children, there could come a point when you realize that co-parenting just isn't working.

Should you find yourself in this situation, here are some of the many things you can do:

  • Review your parenting plan: This is the first place to start, as it outlines the responsibilities of both parents. For example, you may have physical custody of your children, with your ex having visitation rights.
  • Talk to your ex: It sounds like an impossibility, but it's actually one of the best ways to clear the air. Share your feelings, explain your thoughts on the trouble you're having and ask them for feedback. Remember, this has nothing to do with your marriage and divorce. Instead, focus on co-parenting and the impact it has on your children.
  • Request a modification: If your ex doesn't have any plans on following the parenting plan, it's time to consider a modification. It's the last resort, but it may be the only step you can take to find peace and create a better future for you and your children.

Restricting access to money is financial abuse

A recent commenter for the column The Moneyist on the Marketwatch website signed off as "Sick & Tired." The man boasted that he would "never give [his] wife $1,200 to blow her stimulus check in the store, while [he's] struggling to make ends meet." He said that he would give her a couple hundred dollars of her own money to spend shopping and asked why he was wrong for doing so.

The columnist was quick to count the ways that the "Sick & Tired" husband was wrong. Some are noted below.

What to do if your spouse doesn’t want to divorce

You've thought about it long and hard, and you've come to the conclusion that you want to divorce your spouse. It's an important decision, as it'll affect you and your family both now and in the future.

Asking your spouse for a divorce is difficult enough. But if they fight you on it, saying that they want to work things out, it can cause even more frustration and anger.

How to handle a drunk driver

You never know what you'll encounter as you make your way down the road, which is why you need to maintain your focus at all times.

Should you come across someone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol, it's critical to take the appropriate steps. Here's what you should do:

  • Keep your distance: The more space there is between your vehicles, the easier it is to prevent an accident. If you get too close, one dangerous move by the drunk driver could involve you in a crash.
  • Don't take action: As tempting as it may be, you're not a law enforcement officer. You shouldn't attempt to communicate with the driver and/or pull them to the side of the road.
  • Call 911 for help: It's better to be safe than sorry, so don't hesitate to pull to the side of the road and call 911. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as you can, such as your location and the make and model of the vehicle in question. They can then contact local police who can determine what needs to happen next.

Overlooked issues that often come to light during a divorce

When faced with the divorce process, you understand that you'll find yourself face to face with issues surrounding property and debt division, child support, alimony and child custody.

And while you have to prepare for these details accordingly, don't overlook the fact other issues often fly under the radar. But when they finally come to light, you must have a plan for dealing with them.

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