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An amicable approach to divorce can spare your heart and wallet

Is the divorce process incompatible with amicable or alternative dispute resolutions? Our family law firm doesn't believe the two principles are mutually exclusive.

In fact, our lawyers take pride in working to preserve family relationships. When children are involved, especially, any conflict between parents or caregivers often result in emotional collateral damage. For that reason, a commitment to minimizing standoffs and court involvement can help spare the emotions of everyone involved.

Our lawyers are experienced in a wide range of family law and divorce matters, including child custody arrangements, property division matters, and military divorces. However, we also strive to provide personal support to our clients, serving as a guide where we might be needed. We never want a divorce to become a financial battle.

Yet the fact remains that a divorce will require an adjustment to one's financial planning, both during the process and after. Our collaborative approach can help minimize courtroom costs, which can skyrocket if the parties refuse to work together and reach settlement agreements outside of court.

We also provide sound legal counsel on post-divorce projections. For example, the decision to keep or sell the family house should be made within the context of a client's post-divorce budget. For clients who have been out of the workforce for several years, our planning might also include discussions of spousal support. If the marital estate included debts, we will examine an allocation that is fair under the circumstances. Since Michigan is an equitable distribution state, marital assets and debts do not necessarily have to be split 50-50.

Source:  The Atlantic, "The Divorce Gap," Darlena Chuna, Apr. 28, 2016

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