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Addressing the emotional toll of divorce

Sometimes, married couples determine that it is time to end their marriage for an array of reasons. From infidelity to incompatibility, divorce happens for all sorts of reasons in Rochester, and across Michigan. At Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C., our law firm is very aware of the different emotional issues that can arise over the course of the divorce process and afterward.

How can I lessen the emotional toll of divorce?

If you have talked about the prospect of divorce with your spouse, are already in the middle of the divorce process, or have recently split up with your marital partner, you may be going through different challenges. In Rochester, and cities across all of Michigan, couples in this position may struggle due to custody issues, child support, the distribution of property, and many other matters. Furthermore, family law issues can generate strong emotions, such as anger or depression and significant stress. However, there may be various ways for you to reduce the emotional toll of divorce.

Going over the consequences of unpaid child support

For those who are considering divorce or have found themselves in the middle of the process, there are often a myriad of topics to consider. For example, couples in Rochester and other parts of Michigan may disagree about the distribution of marital property. However, divorce is often more complex for those who have children. In addition to custody disputes, some may face challenges related to child support. Moreover, it is vital to understand how unpaid child support can have consequences for all parties.

How to help your children turn the page after your divorce

Divorce is a major life event that can be very disruptive to children in Michigan. One of the questions we often hear at Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C., concerns how newly separated couples can help their kids to move past their issues so they can experience an easier transition to their new lives.

How do you divide military retirement pay in a divorce?

The need for information about issues unique to military divorce is underscored by the presence of various bases throughout the state, such as Selfridge Air Force Base, Camp Grayling, Wurtsmith Air Force Base, Fort Custer Training Center, the Michigan National Guard Armory, and others. Accordingly, today's post explores the patchwork of federal and state laws that divorcing military couples in Michigan must navigate.

Tips for how to approach property division in your divorce

Although the parties in a divorce may have heated emotions, our family law firm recommends approaching issues of property division, spousal and/or child support methodically. In fact, Michigan courts encourage this careful approach by imposing a two-month waiting period after a divorce filing.

Are there special issues to consider in a military divorce?

The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a federal law called the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act preempts any applicable state law approach to the contrary regarding property division rights. The state law would classify a waived portion of retirement pay as community property, eligible for division in a divorce. However, the USFSPA law expressly prohibits that approach.

Getting divorced? Make sure you inventory the marital estate

A divorce requires the parties to divide the marital estate. In Michigan, that approach is called equitable distribution, calling for a fair result, but not necessarily a 50-50 split. Although disputes may arise over what constitutes “fair,” our law firm has also found that misconceptions still exist over the predicate issue of what constitutes marital property.

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