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Don't let misconceptions cloud your mind during divorce

Going through a divorce when you have children takes the focus off you because you have to do what's best for the children. In some cases, what's best for them is difficult for you. Going into the situation without having to worry about falling for common misconceptions might make things a bit easier for you.

One thing that you can't ever think is that you won't have to deal with your ex once the divorce is final. As long as you're raising the children, you'll still have to deal with each other. This includes making decisions about them. Even when they're adults, you might still have to work with your ex since they'll likely want both parents at major events like their graduations and weddings.

Cheating spouse? Think carefully about your next steps!

One of the most difficult things to deal with in a marriage is your spouse being unfaithful. When this happens, you have to think carefully about your next steps. Whether you opt to stay with them or end the marriage, you will need to ensure that you're taking steps to cope with the infidelity so that you can move on with your life.

You're probably going to feel a host of emotions. These can be difficult to deal with, but working through them as they come up can help you find the closure you're desperately seeking. You might need to seek mental health care as you do this. Counselors and other professionals can help you find the methods that enable you to put these emotions to rest.

Consider your child's best interests in custody decisions

One challenge of divorce when you have children is determining what type of parenting arrangement is going to work. The court demands that the parenting plan is in the child's best interests, so you must ensure that you keep that at the heart of every decision you make. We know that this might not be easy because you still have emotions that you have to deal with.

As you think of each decision you have to make, consider how they will impact your children. You might be surprised to learn that some decisions aren't necessarily going to work in the way you originally thought. It's usually a good idea to think about every option that presented so that you can do what's truly best for the situation, even if it wasn't your idea.

Prepare for your divorce's property division process

Deciding to file for divorce is a big decision. Unless you're in danger, you should take time to prepare for the process. Part of this means gathering documentation that will help you as you go through the property division phase.

Having an up-to-date picture of your finances reduces the chance that your spouse will be able to hide anything from you. Your goal is to walk away from the marriage with the best financial backing possible, and knowing the state of this part of the marriage is the first step in doing this.

Circumstances dictate divorce waiting period in Michigan

Michigan's divorce laws are complex, and some depend on the circumstances present at the time of the split. It is imperative to ensure that you meet the requirements for divorce in this state so that you don't waste your time or effort on a petition that isn't valid.

First, you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least 180 days before you file. There is also a requirement for one person to have lived in the county of filing for at least 10 days.

Tips for handling co-parenting in the early days

One of the most important things for co-parents to remember is that your child's best interests must remain at the heart of every decision that you make. This isn't always easy, especially if you and your ex don't agree on what's best. Several things might help ensure that you aren't falling into the habit of placing other factors above your child's needs.

Sometimes, your ex might do things just to try to get a rise out of you. You have to realize when this is happening so that you don't give them the satisfaction they seek. Instead, take a step back to calm down and consider your options.

Divorce filings tend to rise in January

Divorce can be an emotional, personal and financial decision, regardless of the time of year. Michigan couples who are thinking about divorce might not believe that the time of year has a significant effect on finally deciding to move on from an unhappy marriage, but research suggests otherwise. Regardless of the month or season, preparing for the inevitable challenges that accompany divorce can be critical to a case. Understanding the factors that will be part of a divorce and any other family law issue can be difficult.

Legal professionals have noticed a spike in divorce filings at the start of the New Year. This has become so common that January is frequently referred to as, "Divorce Month." The first working Monday in a new year has been called, "National Divorce Day." While people who are in the middle of a life-changing event, like divorce, may not like the process being discussed in such offhanded terms, there is statistical and anecdotal proof indicating its accuracy. In January of 2019, for example, both Pinterest and Google Trends reported that there was a rise in searches for "divorce" and "divorce party." Legal websites noted a traffic increase.

When can I stop paying spousal support?

Spousal support is one of the ways that two formerly married Michigan residents may remain connected after their divorce is finalized. It involves the payment of money from one party to the other for the recipient's use and maintenance. Whether spousal support, sometimes called alimony, is created by agreement or order, it is generally paid on a schedule and paying parties may be subject to sanctions, if they fall behind.

To understand when a spousal support obligation will end a paying party should consult the operating document through which their mandate was established. Some support obligations are temporary, though others may be permanent if the recipient spouse is unable to provide for their own financial needs.

Common mistakes made in a high-asset divorce

When a couple decides to divorce after a considerable amount of years of marriage, this often means that they have a large amount of assets to divide. A high-asset divorce differs from other divorces due to the fact that assets can be particularly complex to identify and divide between spouses. In high-asset divorces, conflicts are more likely to arise due to these difficulties.

It is therefore important that those contemplating a divorce where there are many assets to divide take early action to plan their strategy. By doing so, those approaching divorce can avoid some of the following common mistakes.

Does joint custody mean equal custody?

There is nothing easy about sharing one's children with an ex-partner. A parent may be used to seeing their child every day and having an active role in their development. When that parent chooses to divorce their co-parent and live separately from them, though, they may also have to learn how to live separate and apart from their children.

While some parents are granted sole custody of their kids from the courts hearing their family law matters, others may be granted joint custody. Joint custody can apply to both or either of the two forms of custody in Michigan - physical and legal. When parents share legal custody they may both make decisions about the child's well-being. When the parents share physical custody they may both spend time with their child in their home.

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