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- DivorceWhen you go through a divorce, your whole world is turned upside down. Divorce can be such a painful experience that psychologists equate the stress to that of the death of a spouse or a child. This is why it is important to have an attorney who is both knowledgeable about the law and who understands the emotional turmoil that you are going through. Because of the emotions involved, you may lose sight of what’s in your best interests. A good attorney will perform the difficult task of telling you what you need to know, whether or not you want to hear it. There are many important issues to be addressed in a divorce: Child Custody Visitation Child Support In Michigan, child support is determined by a formula referred to as child support guidelines. This formula is primarily based upon the parents incomes. This formula can also provide for child care and uninsured health care expenses. Spousal Support One party may be awarded spousal support from the other party. Many factors are considered in determining the appropriateness of spousal support, such as length of marriage, age, potential earning capacity and ability to pay. Property Settlement The property and assets are…
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- Legal PhilosophyEvery attorney has his or her own legal philosophy, it is important that the attorney you choose to represent you has a philosophy that you are comfortable with. A successful attorney/client relationship is built on trust. Therefore, it is critical that you have a good rapport with your attorney. Due to the inherently emotional nature of divorce, it is imperative that you both like and trust your attorney. I view myself as a problem solver. My main goal is to help you obtain a legal result that is suited to your needs, while thoroughly addressing the issues in your case. I attempt to achieve that result at the lowest cost possible. I realize that litigation is expensive and that people need to save their money to invest in their future and the future of their children. I take very seriously my obligation to utilize your resources wisely. My objective is to handle your case properly from the beginning. This reduces your costs, your aggravation and avoids further litigation. When the legal issues are handled correctly from the beginning, you are able to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life. My reputation is very important, and therefore, I believe…
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How Do You Prove the Validity of Your Prenup in a Divorce?
Many marriages begin with a prenuptial agreement, a legally binding document signed by both parties entering into the marriage which may spell out terms for both the duration of the marriage and the dissolution of marriage. In most cases, prenups are designed to protect the wealth and assets of one or both parties, amassed prior to the marriage, or to ...CONTINUE READING
Can Michigan Divorce Decrees Be Appealed or Modified?
Getting a divorce can be a grueling process. Not only are you dealing with the emotional aspects of essentially losing a loved one, but there are more practical concerns to contend with, including division of assets, settling child custody, and the possibility of finding a new living situation. When the process is finally complete and your divorce decree has been ...CONTINUE READING
Putting Kids First: How to Divide Time With Children over the Holidays
It’s hard enough trying to work out the day-to-day arrangements with children following divorce. Some families settle on one week with one spouse, the next with the other. Some families go for a mid-week split, or divide up weekdays and weekends. There are instances of joint custody, sole custody, visitation, and all kinds of other custody agreements. Once you’ve got ...CONTINUE READING
Recent Changes to the Michigan Child Support Formula
When a couple gets divorced and children are involved, two main issues must be decided regarding the children: child custody and child support. Even in instances of joint custody, a spouse that earns significantly greater income may be required to pay child support in order to ensure that the children continue to enjoy the same lifestyle in both households. Naturally, ...CONTINUE READING
Why Hiding Assets in Divorce Is not Worth the Risk
Everyone has their little secrets, and when you’re going through a divorce, you may find out all kinds of things about your spouse you never knew. Or perhaps the secrets one or both of you kept during your marriage are one of the reasons for the split. However, you should not even contemplate carrying this duplicity into divorce proceedings. It’s ...CONTINUE READING
What Should You Expect During a Consultation With a Divorce Lawyer?
When you get married, there are well-known websites like TheKnot.com to guide you through the planning process. When you have a baby, you’ll probably get three copies of “What to Expect When You’re Expecting”. What about when you get divorced? Sure, you’ll have plenty of family members, friends, and other concerned parties clamoring to offer up their two cents when ...CONTINUE READING
Expedited: How to Get Your Divorce Over With Quickly
No sane person wants to spend years or even months muddling through an extended divorce — but not many people are terribly clear on what can be done to speed things up. Here’s the best advice Gucciardo Family Law has for people who want an expedited divorce in a state that doesn’t have those laws. Investigative Cynicism The single biggest ...CONTINUE READING
The Crime of Wiretapping Your Spouse
A December article in the ABA Journal came to a fascinating and dangerous conclusion recently: they determined that spying on your spouse by putting an auto-forward on their email account (so that you automatically receive copies of emails sent to them) is a violation of the Federal Wiretapping and Electronic Surveillance Act. The idea that spying on your spouse is ...CONTINUE READING
The Three Phases of a Modern Divorce
Divorce is a large, scary subject that intimidates most people who have to experience it. But while every divorce is complicated and some are downright frightening, it’s often more a matter of facing the unknown than anything else. So we at Gucciardo Family Law thought it might help if we offered a short summary of the divorce process at a ...CONTINUE READING
So You Think Your Spouse Wants a Divorce…
Sometimes, a divorce filing comes out of the clear blue sky, and the only warning you have is the phrase “you’ve been served.” But more often than not, you know. You might not want to admit it, but you know. Unfortunately for many, that desire to avoid admitting the end is near keeps them from taking important steps that can ...CONTINUE READING