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
With summer storming closer and closer, everybody in West Michigan is planning for lake days, trips up north and holiday celebrations. It also means the other hallmark sign of summer, wedding season, is almost upon us. Chances are good that you have already received a handful of save-the-dates, and official invitations will soon be arriving in your mailbox. Read more
Earlier this year, we covered the spike in divorces that typically happens in January. The increase is generally believed to be a result of waiting for the holidays and the end of a tax year. The trend, however, seems to be that the increase begins in January and reaches a peak in March.
Research published last year out of the University of Washington found that the highest rate of divorce filings occurs every year is March. The second main spike in divorce filings comes later in the year, with August being the second month with a notable peak. Read more
The divorce process can be a stressful and emotional time for all involved parties. A wide range of issues including property/asset division, alimony, child support and custody, and more can further complicate the proceedings. There are a lot of advantages to hiring a divorce attorney to represent your best interests, especially if the separation is not mutual. Read more
Practicing divorce law and seeing a lot of cases is a humbling experience. While there are many common reasons people seek a separation, there are always unique factors to each case. Every now and then, however, stories come through that remind us why we are rarely surprised at the wide range of causes for divorce. Read more
Love has been in the air all week thanks to Valentine’s Day. We previously offered some tips for those who were suffering at the prospect of the day. Even if you think it is strictly a commercial holiday, it is a great opportunity to seek wisdom from experts and those in long-lasting marriages. Read more
Going through a divorce is a difficult time and can create a lot of uncertainty and turmoil in life. No matter the circumstances, there will be a lot of life changes happening alongside the legal proceedings. Finding and working with a divorce attorney with the right skills and experience to fight for you can help alleviate some of the stress. Read more
On the eve of our country’s first Presidential transition in eight years, politics are likely at the forefront of many discussions around the country. While we will remain politically neutral here, the discussion of politics as it pertains to marriage and relationships is important. Divorce attorneys often hear a difference of values, beliefs and ideals as causes of separation, and that difference can certainly appear when considering political ideals. Read more
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
2016 is winding down and the holiday season is in full swing. With winter roaring all across West Michigan, hopefully you are staying safe and warm no matter what your year-end and holiday plans may be. Read more
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