Court Date Smartphone Withdrawal

Here’s the scenario… Your divorce has been in the works for months. As the day of your court appearance nears, you experience intense and mixed emotions that might include relief, vengeance, regret, guilt, fear, elation, or a thousand others that are normal as you approach a big life change. In response you turn to friends across the country for comfort. You search social media for connections to replace your loss. Some nights when worries crowd out dreams, you reach for a mindless game to give your brain a break. Add to that a near constant exchange of emails with your Continue Reading…

New for Co-Parents: Online Parenting Classes Now Available

Online Co-Parenting Classes May Satisfy Court Requirements There are online college degrees and virtual SAT tutoring so why not on online parenting classes? The digital age has given divorcing parents a solution to the difficulty of fitting court-ordered co-parenting classes into an already over-scheduled co-parenting life. Even if you are not required to do a co-parenting class by court order, it is a great idea to learn new techniques to parent together in difficult situations. Online parenting class providers include: Course for Parents Online Parent Class Online Parenting Programs Each online parenting class provider has a different programs and costs. Continue Reading…

Take Advantage of Housing Drought

The time is right for divorcing/divorced couples to take advantage of what has been called the “worst housing drought ever” to get top dollar from their home sales. According to a blog posted by local realtor Norm Werner in Real Estate News from the Milford Team, “The number of homes for sale is at the lowest level on record, according to the National Association of REALTORS, who began tracking inventory 18 years ago.” The low inventory could mean quick sales and bidding wars resulting in more equity for the seller. Norm Werner reported in a recent Huron Valley Chamber Networking Continue Reading…

Applying Sales Strategies to Legal Negotiations

The five P’s of Successful Legal Negotiations The Huron Valley Networking group recently discussed an article about five tenets of good sales negotiations called, “The five P’s of good negotiation” adapted from “Negotiating with Backbone” by Reed Holden. It contained positive advice for negotiating business deals. The tips apply in legal negotiations too. Prepare As with a sales call, a legal case depends on knowing what each side has, wants and (more importantly) needs. Successful lawyers design achievable settlements based on thorough discovery. “I never skimp on research,” says successful Washtenaw County Family Lawyer Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. And for anyone who has seen Continue Reading…

When is Enough, Enough? – Deciding to Divorce

Deciding to Divorce Many people come to a divorce attorney’s office looking for the answer to the question – “Should I get divorced?” There’s no easy, cut-and-dried standard when deciding to divorce. Unless there is an unsafe, abusive situation most marriages are flawed and it comes down to priorities and tradeoffs. Start with the extremes There are few 100% perfect marriages. According to Susan Pease Gadoua 14 Signs Your Marriage is Headed for Divorce here’s what we should all be striving for in an ideal marriage: ·      Mutual Trust ·      Honesty ·      Mental, Emotional, Physical and Financial Security ·      Communication Continue Reading…

Michigan Child Support Formula Updates for 2017

Every year there are (MCSF) Michigan Child Support Formula updates that determines how child support is calculated. Highland family law attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently attended the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Family Law Conference and came away with the article, “The 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Child Support, Period!” In general, the courts calculate child support based on the income of both parents and the number of overnights each parent has with the children. Here some highlights of the 2017 changes to income calculation for the purposes of child support: Michigan Child Support Formula Updates Retirement Payments The income Continue Reading…

Post Nuptials May Save Marriages

    When addiction threatens marriages, post nuptials may be the answer Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler shares how post nuptials may save marriages plagued by addiction. She explains that many people in a relationship with someone burdened with addiction, don’t want to get divorced but feel pressured into it to protect their finances. Some clients want to stay with a spouse who struggles with addiction so they can support him/her. But they worry that the addict may make choices that impact their shared income or savings. With a post nuptial agreement, the supportive spouse may be able to protect the retirement funds Continue Reading…

Spiritual Life Coach can help recover after legal trauma

Divorce and other family law situations can be emotionally and socially trying. That’s why we usually recommend some sort of therapy. But what happens when divorce also strains the soul – the very core of a person’s beliefs, will and personal identity? When a person’s spiritual well-being is damaged by negative thoughts and circumstances, a Spiritual Life Coach can help restore balance and peace. What does a Spiritual Life Coach do? In the case of divorce, quite often the change in living circumstances is unwanted and possibly unexpected. According to Milford Spiritual Life Coach Norma Nicholson, “Part of the role Continue Reading…

Top 6 Frequently Asked Legal Questions Answered

I hear a vast variety of legal questions during my free family law consultations with potential clients. Some are individual, but some seem to follow reoccurring themes. The following are the top 6 frequently asked legal questions answered in a blog: Are you a Tiger? Other variations on this question include, “Are you aggressive?” And “Are you a Warrior Lawyer?” The gist is that people tend to want a fighter on their side. When they are feeling uncertain and vulnerable in the face of a new and contentious legal situation, they want someone who is able to fight for them. Continue Reading…