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How Valuable is Housework in Divorce?

March 17, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

According to an extensive study by Alexandra Killewald of the University of Michigan, for couples who married before 1975, the leading factor that led to divorce was a wife who was burdened with too much housework. Since 1975, however, the leading factor has been a downward shift in the husband’s earning ability. The leads to an interesting question: how exactly ...

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You Can’t Waive the Family Court’s Rights

March 13, 2017

Contract law is a fascinatingly complicated thing, with hundreds of rules that dictate what is allowed and what isn’t. There are several rules devoted entirely to determining which of your rights you are allowed to waive. For example, you  cannot waive your Constitutional right to free speech, and thus give the government permission to censor you. When two private entities ...

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Separation of Assets IAQ: Liquidity Concerns in Mid-Life Divorces

March 9, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

In a statistical sense, there is a correlation between age and wealth. In other words, the tendency is that people who are wealthier are older, and people who are older are wealthier. It makes sense: people who have had more time to save up…will tend to have more saved up. But there’s a specific time in a person’s life when ...

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On the Wisdom of Purchasing Property During a Divorce

March 6, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Buying property is generally a fairly stressful prospect even when everything goes as well as can be expected. Buying property while you’re in the middle of a divorce is kind of like deciding, while your plane is spiraling out of control toward the treeline, that it’s the right time to tell your boyfriend that it’s not his baby. Sure, you ...

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Child Custody IAQ: Opting Out of the Friend of the Court Process

March 2, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

Today’s Infrequently Asked Question is straightforward: “Do I have to go through all of the rigmarole with the Friend of the Court?” The answer, some of you may be relieved to hear, is “No,” but of course in the legal world, it’s never that  simple. Why Opt Out of the Friend of the Court’s Services? The Friend of the Court ...

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Michigan Divorce and Custody…of the Family Pet

February 13, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

A fairly outstanding 62% of all married couples own a pet together, and while the law regards pets as a kind of property, quite often the couple that owns the critter has a very different (and quite passionate) view of the pet’s personhood. If they both love the animal — especially if they have no children or other pets — ...

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Child Custody Myths: How Common is Cuckoldry?

February 9, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

“Cuck” is one of the new insults-of-the-moment, being somewhere behind “Snowflake” but above “Cupcake” on the list of insults-of-the-moment, and it’s a fascinating one insofar as it is built on a myth…but it’s a myth that nearly everyone buys into with gusto. A cuck is someone who is soft, pansy, effeminate, and weak. The interesting part, though, is that it’s ...

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The Silliness of ‘Phubbing’ and Recognizing Real Marital Problems

February 6, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Humans have a very odd psychological tendency to focus on the wrong problems, and martial problems are no different. The new strife du jour is called ‘pphubbing‘ — a portmanteau of ‘phone’ and ‘snubbing,’ with an extra ‘p’ at the beginning for ‘partner.’ Phubbing is when someone (your spouse, in the case of pphubbing) ignores you in favor of their ...

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Child Custody Across National Borders

February 2, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

The recent swearing-in of our newest Commander in Chief had left no small number of people openly talking about emigrating from the United States. While that’s a much more difficult task than many people realize, it can happen — which leads us to wonder, what happens if someone who shares custody of a child should move to a different country? ...

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Just In Case: Life Insurance as Supplemental Child Support

January 30, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Child support orders are made by taking a lot of factors into account and applying a huge, legally-ordained formula that filters those factors together and comes to an amount that must be paid each month. But as powerful as that formula is, the one thing it cannot take into account is the passage of time, and how likely it is ...

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