Nursing School In West Michigan Helps The Divorced Start Over

For many in Grand Rapids, the end of August means that school is approaching. While some divorced parents will be readjusting to custody agreements, others may be starting to continue their own educations. One woman in Greenville has started her own nurse assistant training school to help parents like these, and she has already seen a one hundred percent pass rate amongst her students. Read more


Two West Michigan Politicians Deal With Complicated Divorces

The Holland Sentinel released news this week that former state representative Cindy Gamrat has filed for a divorce from her husband. However, Gamrat is not the only politician who is in the news for divorce-related proceedings. A candidate running for a position in the Ottawa County Circuit Court has created quite a stir in an upcoming election. Similar to Gamrat’s publicity, these events involve politics and divorce in a way that may complicate the jobs of those currently holding public office. Read more


Same-Sex Marriage Laws Debated In Michigan And North Carolina

It’s been over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal. Since then there have been many objections to the decision. One complication has been how courts should handle those who object to authorizing homosexual unions. The other major complication concerns how child custody will work for same-sex parents who do not have a biological relationship to their children. With the latter situation, divorce attorneys do not have a firm legal precedent on which to base their cases. This week has seen updates on both these issues, ensuring that their outcomes will eventually affect marriages in Grand Rapids and the rest of the country. Read more


Michigan Basketball Player Battles Over A Complicated Prenup

The Grand Rapids Drive has announced that they will be holding tryouts next month. They will be appraising the talents of 150 potential players and are holding the event at the courthouse in Byron Center. If selected, players will join the team for their November training camp. This also gives players the opportunity to work their way further towards careers in professional basketball. Because the Drive is in the development league of the NBA, they are closely affiliated with the Detroit Pistons, a team who has recently been in the news because of a former player’s divorce case. Read more


Lyft in Grand Rapids May Help Alleviate Pressures That Lead To Divorce

When rumors about divorce’s potentially ugliness arise, there are not a lot of people who are able to debunk them with authority. However, several researchers in Michigan have done studies that may be able to shed light on some myths about divorce rates. Furthermore, their findings can be applied to the populations in West Michigan with regards to the taxi app Lyft, which comes to Grand Rapids this week. Read more

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Divorce Rates In New Study Show The Stress Of Michiganders

Wallethub recently released a new study that ranked how stressed 150 of America’s major cities were. Furthermore, the website ranked them in order of least to most stressed out. Although Grand Rapids ranked 119th, Detroit topped the list at number one. Although Michigan seems to be divided in terms of stress levels, Wallethub’s data may show why the two cities differ so greatly. Read more

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Two Notable Men Help Women Survive Abuse Differently

Contestants on reality shows are often given 15 minutes of fame. Many of them use their publicity to endorse products or for launching businesses. However, one contestant from ABC’s The Bachelorette is using his notoriety for good. Derek Peth from the show’s twelfth season is raising money through online donations to help survivors of domestic abuse. Several organizations in West Michigan are striving to do the same, but by hosting a day-long workshop encouraging community members to better help abuse victims. For these women, divorce may be just a starting point. Read more

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Hillary Clinton’s Marital Solidarity Could Inspire Other Politicians

Donald Trump has been divorced twice. On the other hand Hillary Clinton stood by her husband, former president Bill Clinton, during his extra-marital affair in the late 90s. However, there is another couple in America’s political landscape whose marriage survived divorce. Huma Abedin has not divorced her husband, Anthony Weiner, despite his multiple sex scandals. Though they’ve undoubtedly had their difficulties, their marriage’s fortitude may be the key to Abedin’s future in politics. Read more


The State Of Marriage And Divorce A Year After Marriage Equality

On June 26, 2015, the U.S. Supreme Court made a major decision concerning marriage. In the case of Obergefell v. Hodges, same-sex marriages were made legal by the federal government. In the wake of this decision there has been a lot of turmoil at the state level amongst county clerks. However, a year later, the decision to legalize same-sex marriages has not been reversed. Many members of the press and of the Michigan judicial system have reflected on the state of marriage and divorce after a full year of marriage equality.  Read more


Muskegon Woman Files For Divorce After Frightening Allegations

It’s important that married couples are honest with each other. Many divorces stem from some form of dishonesty, whether it relates to infidelity or otherwise. One woman in West Michigan’s Muskegon County says that her husband withheld a significant amount of information from her. The woman’s divorce attorney says that her husband “accumulated significant personal property which he hid from his wife.” Unlike many cases of dishonesty through omission, the woman’s husband is being charged with murder and kidnapping.  Read more