Questions To Ask During Divorce

When choosing an attorney to represent you in a divorce, it is important to choose an attorney with the experience and skill necessary to handle every aspect of your divorce competently and efficiently in a cost-effective manner.

At The Law Firm of Hauer & Snover, we are a family law firm that has built a reputation for having strong advocates, dedicated to protecting clients' rights in property division and child custody matters. We practice exclusively in family law. We leverage our experience to help clients achieve timely resolutions to their issues. If you would like to learn more about what we can do for you in a divorce action, please call our Oakland County firm at 248-258-0800 or email us via our online contact form.

Practical Questions To Ask Yourself Before You Meet With Your Attorney

There are many things you will need to think about when going through a divorce. Divorce is an extremely emotional process, but there are some practical questions you must answer in a divorce. The following are some questions that can help you prepare and make the most out of your time with your attorney:

Considerations Concerning Children

Questions Regarding Support

Who Will Get Your House?

Considerations Regarding Insurance

Considerations Concerning Children

  • Where will your children live? — You will want to think about whether your children will live with you, your spouse or a combination of the two. How often do you want to see them? While most courts favor children maintaining a strong relationship with both parents, that is not always in the child's best interests. We will discuss your situation and make sure we are looking out for your rights.
  • How will you handle special expenses? — If your child has special medical needs or needs additional funds for activities and travel, we will discuss with you the best way to ensure that your child's needs are covered.
  • What happens if you or your former spouse remarries? — Will you seek a different living arrangement for your child/children if your former spouse remarries and has additional children? We can review with you how we can prepare you for these scenarios.

Questions Regarding Support Payments

  • Will you receive or need to pay child support? — You will need to know how much child support is involved and how long it is likely to last. We will give you an estimate of what you should expect under Michigan's child support guidelines and what factors are present that may require a deviation.
  • Will you receive or need to pay spousal support? — An award of spousal support will generally depend on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the age of the parties involved as well as their education and relevant work experience.
  • Are either likely to change due to future circumstances? — We will talk to you about what happens when a change in circumstances requires a change in support.
  • Who will claim the children as exemptions on tax returns? — There are several options for claiming exemptions on tax returns. We provide comprehensive analysis of tax implications as part of our representation.

Who Will Get Your House In Divorce?

  • During the divorce, who will remain in the marital home? — You will need to come to an agreement regarding who will live in your home while the divorce is in process. This is an important consideration as it lays the groundwork for what will happen in the years to come.
  • Considerations if a spouse keeps the home — How will the spouse keeping the house compensate the other spouse for the equity in the home? How will the other party deed its interest?
  • Considerations if you sell the home — If the home will be sold, who will be involved in the sale? Who determines price? Who is responsible for making the necessary repairs to prepare the home for sale? How will the proceeds of the sale be allocated?
  • Tax considerations — Who gets to claim the mortgage interest deduction? Who absorbs any capital gains taxes resulting from the house sale? We will help you work through these options.

Insurance

  • How will insurance be handled? — Will you keep a life insurance policy in place for the benefit of the children to protect them? Who will be responsible for providing medical insurance for kids. Will a spouse also be responsible for maintaining medical care for the other spouse? For how long?
  • How will you handle co-pays and prescription expenses for the children? — Medical, dental and prescription costs will have to be covered? Will one spouse reimburse the other?

Income Taxes

  • How will income tax refunds be handled? Will one spouse get the refund entirely or will it be split?
  • How will tax obligations be handled? If taxes are owed, who will be responsible for paying them?

Speak To A Divorce Lawyer

This list is not exhaustive, but it provides a snapshot of the issues that are important to consider while making a decision to pursue divorce. Consult a family law attorney at The Law Firm of Hauer & Snover in Bingham Farms, MI, to make sure you understand the relevant issues and their legal impact. We represent clients in Oakland County and throughout the Detroit area.