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Can you stop your ex from taking your child out of state?

Custody battles are often the bitterest and most troubling parts of a divorce. And the sad fact is that they don’t always stop after the divorce has been finalized. Life continues, and if your ex has primary custody, you may someday find yourself faced with the possibility of seeing your child relocated hundreds of miles away from home.

New jobs. New romances. Family commitments. There are all kinds of reasons that people want to move, but divorced parents can’t just move wherever they want. Michigan law says that parents need to agree to any relocation that would take the child out of state or more than 100 miles from your home. And if you don’t agree to the move? You may have to challenge it.

When is divorce mediation a bad idea?

Divorce attorneys will often advise clients to mediate their disputes. The process has its advantages when it works, but it won’t always work. There are many cases in which mediation might simply cost you more money before your divorce lands in the courtroom—as it was always going to.

How can you know if this is going to be the case? It’s not always wise to predict the future, but there are several common signs that mediation won’t work for you.

Avoid these common divorce mistakes

Divorce is rarely easy. The fact is it may be one of the hardest things you'll ever endure. It can be stressful, depressing and expensive. But it doesn't have to be fully as bad as people commonly make it.

Plenty of divorces turn into horror stories, but yours doesn't have to be one of them. You can reduce your stress and improve your outcome by setting clear goals and reasonable expectations. When it comes to property division, you can be mindful. With the right steps, you can avoid these common pitfalls:

10 tips for a successful prenup

“Prenup” may no longer be a dirty word. Long considered a cynical contract—and one exclusive to the ultra-rich—the prenuptial agreement has recently become more popular.

As we addressed in an earlier post, the prenup’s rise in popularity owes largely to the different ways that millennials look at marriage. They’re marrying later in life. They’re accumulating more assets before they marry. And they’re more likely to have seen their parents get divorced. As a result, they’re more likely to see prenups as a solid contingency plan. So here are 10 tips for making a plan that works.

6 financial considerations for high asset divorces

Marriage can make things complicated. It can complicate and ruin the relationship you and your spouse once shared. And it can complicate your finances.

It's often hard to see how much marriage blends things until you file for divorce. Then you find that nearly everything you earned or bought has become marital property. It's hard to get your things unstuck. Accordingly, property division requires clear and careful thinking, especially in high asset divorces.

How does infidelity affect divorce in Michigan?

There are times that the emotional and historical realities of divorce don’t quite square up with the legal ones. For example, even though affairs can shatter marriages, they aren’t among the legal grounds for divorce.

In fact, people aren’t even allowed to raise the issue of infidelity as part of their grounds for divorce. Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. Couples need only cite a permanent “breakdown of the marriage relationship.” Courts won’t consider other grounds. But there are still ways infidelity may impact a divorce.

Child custody and Halloween: Tips for the recently divorced

For many, Halloween in October marks the begin the of the holiday season. This upcoming holiday can provide an opportunity for the recently divorced to iron out their child custody arrangements before Thanksgiving and the Christmas season begin.

Does divorce have to damage your reputation? Not necessarily.

Whether amicable or not, divorce is difficult. A failure to act wisely can impact both your personal and professional reputation. This can have a negative impact on your transition into post-divorce life.

Divorced parents: Three ways to help children succeed in school

Finding the right child custody arrangement is no easy feat. In some cases, the parents will develop a plan that works well the first time around. In others, parents may discover the arrangement does not serve the child well. This can be clear by changes in the child's behavior or a sudden decline in their academic achievement.

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