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Tips to Help Your Kids Cope With a Divorce

Experienced divorce attorneys know the process can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Along with emotional distress, divorce can drain your time, money, and energy. The process can become significantly more complex when children are involved.

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Alimony in Michigan: The Basics

If your divorce case, the first thing you need to know is that Michigan handles support on a case-by-case basis. Support is established to help ensure both people are equitably supported post-divorce. There are many factors involved in determining whether spousal support is appropriate and for how long it should be paid. Here’s what you need to know.

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How You Handle Your Divorce Matters

In our careers as divorce attorneys serving West Michigan, we have prided ourselves on helping divorcing spouses reach fair and equitable resolutions. This is our goal in all areas of a separation, and we take extra care in helping families when children are involved. We know parents want what is best for their kids, and that is why we strongly believe in the benefits of collaborative divorce. Read more

Divorce Spikes in January

Research done in recent years continues to confirm what many divorce attorneys and marriage counselors have anecdotally witnessed; the new year tends to bring a rise in divorce filings. The increase tends to start in January, and is generally followed by another increase to the peak filing time in March. Data shows that divorce related internet searches certainly increases, indicating more people are at least researching their options. Search terms including divorce, family law and child custody all increase around 50% between December and January. Read more

Exploring Depression in Relationships

There are many factors to maintaining healthy, lasting relationships. Along with maintaining a strong tie with your partner, there are countless external forces that can influence a marriage for better or worse. Likewise, there is a broad spectrum of reasons for divorce.  Read more

The Power of a Kind Gesture

Going through a divorce creates a unique set of challenges. Sometimes the process can be relatively quick, and in others it is drawn out with a wide range of factors involved. Finalizing the legal portion of the divorce is only part of that which the divorce entails. Read more

Exploring Marriage and Divorce Differences Between Genders

It comes as little surprise that, like with many things, there are plenty of differences in the ways that men and women view divorce and marriage. Divorce attorneys can anecdotally share trends they have seen throughout their careers. There are countless factors that lead to separation; common causes can vary geographically, even for places as close as Grand Rapids and Holland. One recently published article explored a number of these differences, citing larger studies that may prove true anywhere. Read more

Divorce Later in Life Leaves Women Working Longer

Weathering a divorce has long-lasting effects on all parties involved. Along with the emotional costs, it can take some time to rebuild one’s financial security. A study from Boston College and Mathematica Policy Research finds that divorcing later in life can significantly impact the ability to retire. Based on the findings, women especially are less likely to retire early. Read more

Divorce and Mental Illness May No Longer Restrict Gun Purchases

A divorce can be stressful for couples. Many fight, and some may turn to violence outside of court proceedings. However, a man in Michigan won a case involving his divorce and purchasing a gun. The 6th Circuit for the United States Court of Appeals ruled this week that Clifford Tyler’s 2nd amendment right had been violated by the state. As Tyler’s case is sent back to Grand Rapids on remand, the court will have to decide whether or not they can enforce a lifetime ban on purchasing firearms for those committed to hospitals for mental illness.  Read more

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