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Can wages be garnished for alimony payments?

Your ex never wanted to pay alimony, or spousal support, and you know it. However, you gave up your career for that marriage, you don't have any income of your own, and the court awarded you monthly alimony payments so that you had some support. It was one of the biggest things you worried about ever since your now-former-spouse asked for a divorce.

If your ex never pays, can you have his or her wages garnished to make sure you get what is owed to you?

Proving paternity through DNA

As a father, it can be extremely disturbing and upsetting if the mother is not acknowledging you as the father or if she is not allowing you to see your child. However, it is important to remember that the law is on your side. If you strongly believe that you are the father of the child in question, you have the right to request a DNA test so that it can be scientifically proven or disproven, and so that you can be the legally recognized father.

DNA testing is simpler than many think, and it is also remarkably accurate. It can help many people gain peace of mind and also can help them legally establish a custody agreement between mother and father.

Finances and your divorce

When it comes to divorce, there are so many issues to consider. You have to think about your future in terms of not only your children (if you have them) and your property but also your day-to-day financial situation. 

A common occurrence in marriages is that one person handles the majority of the financial logistics. That can leave the other spouse out in the cold when it comes to divorce and trying to divide up assets. If you are unsure about your financial situation and you are facing a divorce, here is some information that may be helpful as you move forward.

Understanding alimony in Michigan

As a person going through a divorce, one of your main concerns is likely to be whether you will be able to maintain the standard of living that you enjoyed while you were married, or whether you will be able to make ends meet once you are divorced.

Alimony is something that helps to equalize the playing field in regard to this matter. Its purpose is to make sure that the spouse with less income is able to receive financial support from the breadwinner. However, alimony is usually ruled as a temporary measure to provide support while the spouse is preparing to embark on a new skill or career.

Study: Divorce risk higher when wives feel more marital tension

A study recently published in the journal Developmental Psychology found that when wives experience more tension than their husbands do, the risk of divorce increases.

The study was done by the Institute for Social Research at the University of Michigan, and data from the Early Years of Marriage Project was used. That research project began back in 1986. A total of 355 couples were followed for 16 years. The couples were about half white and half black. Interviews took place when the couples had been married between four and nine months, and then again when the couples were married for two, three, four, seven and 16 years.

Being a good father post-divorce

Going through a divorce is always a difficult process, and you may feel a great deal of guilt or worry about how the split may have affected your children. It is important to remember that going through a divorce could be one of the best things that you ever do for your children. Kids should never have to live in a home where arguments and fights occur frequently, and they are certain to be happier when they have to parents who are happy living independent lives.

Divorce is going to change the relationship that you have with your child or children because you may not have full custody of them anymore. But this doesn't mean that your relationship with them will weaken. You can choose to see it as an opportunity to grow closer with your children and spend more quality time with them.

Your rights to full custody as a father

It is becoming increasingly common for fathers to find themselves in a situation where getting full custody is in the best interests of their children. However, many fathers believe that the odds are stacked against them when they appeal for full custody, because they think that the courts prefer that the mother is the primary custodian.

The courts do not hold any bias when it comes to deciding whether a mother or father should be the full custodian of a child. They only seek to come to a decision that will be in the best interests of the child in question. Most often, this will be a ruling that gives each parent a 50/50 split of custody. However, if both parents want to get full custody, this is where problems can arise.

Will a divorce disrupt my company's operations?

When you are a professional such as a CPA, dentist or doctor who owns your practice, or you are a small-business owner in general, it is natural to wonder whether a divorce will affect your operations. After all, you heard about that other dentist whose business records became public in divorce, and employees found out the business had been shut down.

The good news is that such things do not have to happen in many divorces. You may have a large degree of control over how disruptive your divorce is to your business.

Writing a successful parenting plan

A parenting plan is an informal document where both parents, when separated or divorced, can lay out the basic rules and schedules regarding their child that they can agree upon.

This lays down a foundation of understanding where both parents can minimize any disputes when it comes to raising a child together. It should, however, be a document that is taken seriously and written very carefully to avoid ambiguous terms.

How can I enforce my alimony payments?

When a court orders alimony payments to be paid to you, your ex-spouse might not be very happy. They might think that they were treated unfairly by the courts or that they will now be struggling financially. However, the reality is that the courts take alimony payments very seriously, and they calculate a judgment that they believe is the fairest scenario for all. Therefore, if your ex-spouse is late on an alimony payment, the consequences can be severe.

What to do if your ex-spouse is late on alimony payments

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