Advantages to Selling the Marital Home Before Divorce

Michigan Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently participated in the Institute of Continuing Legal Education Family Law Seminar where Elizabeth K. Bransdorfer of Mika Meyes PLC in Grand Rapids presented the session, “Selling the Marital Home During the Divorce Case.” When divorcing, there are a couple of typical scenarios regarding the marital home. One party continues to live in the family home. One of the spouses may “buy-out” the other spouse’s half of the family home. This can be in the form of trade-offs for other property, assets, income or a smaller share of the joint debts. In some cases, the parties 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…

Special Considerations of International Divorce

Increasingly, apps like Tinder, Facebook, Match.com, E-Harmony, WhatsApp, Skype, Facetime, and WeChat are making finding and maintaining a long-distance relationships possible. According to statistics cited in an e-Harmony article, as many as 40 percent of Americans use online dating. Besides online dating sites, international couples sometimes meet when one person is on a business assignment, study abroad or military tour in the other’s country. As a society, our geographic boundaries for romantic attachments are stretching. But what happens when an international relationship turns into international divorce? International Marriage Benefits There are many positive aspects to a multi-cultural, international marriage as Corey Continue Reading…

Domestic Violence Screening Essential Before Mediation

Mediation is only safe and successful when both parties are capable of freely expressing their requirements. If one party is being abused, the mediation may be at best, unfair and at worst, unsafe. That’s why it’s crucial that attorneys and mediators follow the requirements for domestic violence screening  before proceeding with mediation. Experienced Highland Family Law Mediator Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently attended an ICLE (Institute of Continuing Legal Education) Family Law Seminar regarding Michigan domestic violence screening procedures. The session, “Screening for Domestic Violence in Mediation” was presented by Lore A. Rogers of the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Continue Reading…

Ask An Attorney: Separation vs Divorce

Experienced Wayne County Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently answered a question in the West Oakland CountySpinal Column Newsweekly regarding the benefits of Legal Separation for some couples. In a few situations, separation may be more advantageous for some “Silver” spouses than divorce. Check out her Spinal Column response in the article pictured here: Kathryn Wayne-Spindler can help determine if separation is right for you If you are considering Separation vs Divorce, contact Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates for a free consultation at 248-676-1000. The office is conveniently located in Milford, Michigan. The firm handles  separations, divorces, custody and support cases throughout Continue Reading…

Four Advantages of Silver Separation

The term Silver Divorce has been tossed around for years but not much is said about Silver Separation. There are many sources for the label. Some say it’s for the color of the participants’ hair, reaching their Silver Anniversary (25 years) or the large amount of “silver” (read assets) involved in the dissolution of the marriage. But there may be an alternative to divorce for older couples. Experienced Howell Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler explores some good reasons that a Silver Couple might choose Legal Separation over Divorce. Silver Separation may have advantages During a Legal Separation proceeding, the couple negotiates Continue Reading…

Tiny Home Living Appeals to Newly Divorced

The Tiny Home Living Revolution is changing lives according to websites, television shows and news stories. The concept of building a miniature house on wheels is nothing new. But with media publicity and engineering creativity the fringe trend is turning into a so-called revolution. Some of the mainstream population is embracing the affordability of Tiny Living as well as the simplification. These glorified mobile homes, typically smaller than 300 square feet, can have marble countertops, high-end electronics, steam showers and hardwood floors. With their portability and small footprint, it’s easy to find a tiny lot in almost any community. For Continue Reading…

Kathryn Wayne-Spindler featured in Ask An Attorney

On Sept 30, 2015, Milford, MI Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler was featured in the West Oakland County Spinal Column Newsweekly. She responded to a question in the Ask An Attorney feature about post-divorce home equity. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler is an expert at helping her divorce clients determine a settlement that will not only benefit them in the short-term but down the road as well. To contact Kathryn Wayne-Spindler regarding your divorce and division of home equity questions, call 248-685-8888 or email spindlerlaw@comcast.net. Wayne-Spindler practices throughout Southeastern Michigan including Oakland, Washtenaw, Wayne, Genesee and Livingston counties and the communities of Milford, Highland, Continue Reading…

Breaking up is Hard to Do: The Legal Rights of Unmarried Couples

What are the legal rights of unmarried couples – who may have parented children together and mingled finances for years – after they break up? Long-term cohabitation is not so uncommon. Couples choose not to get married for hundreds of reasons. Some choose to save the money they would have spent on the wedding, reception and honeymoon. For some, a long engagement got dragged out by life circumstances. Perhaps one partner does not believe in the institution of marriage. Sometimes, what starts out as a roommate situation, became a romance but not necessarily a marriage. Sometimes couples that accidentally became pregnant together Continue Reading…