Alimony Concerns for Stay at Home Parents

Stay-at-home parenting is becoming rarer by the day. Bureau of Labor statistics show that, “In 1967, 49 percent of mothers were stay-at-home mothers. That proportion steadily dropped through the decades until 1999, when only 23 percent of moms stayed at home,” according to the Bureau of Labor article, “Stay at Home Mothers through the years”. We expect with Millennials and beyond, that rate may drop even lower. Regardless of the statistics, there are thousands of parents opting to stay home with the kids. Consider the following scenario… A couple meets. Both are competent, educated, and employed. They fall in everlasting 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…

Attorney Fees Awarded in Domestic Relations Cases

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Did you know that under certain circumstances one party in a legal action could be ordered to pay both parties’ attorneys’ fees? Obviously, there are conditions that must be met. Michigan Circuit Judge David Hoort addresses these considerations in his blogs, “Spousal support/Attorney fees in a divorce action” from June 5, 2015 and “Attorney fees in a divorce action to enable a party to carry on or defend the action.” on August 19, 2015 on Blogspot. Judge Hoort explains that in divorces, spousal support cases and other domestic actions, a judge can require one party to pay the other’s legal Continue Reading…

Spousal Support Considerations: Does Cohabitation Revoke Alimony?

Spousal Support Considerations In about 50 percent of current divorces handled by Milford, Michigan Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler, one party receives alimony. The eligibility and amount of the spousal support is calculated based on many factors including actual income; potential income; age; length of the marriage; health and fitness of both parties; need; and ability to pay. Revocation of Alimony In most divorce judgments, the orders stipulate that alimony payments either end after a certain period or upon death or remarriage. Some alimony recipients seeking to continue receiving payments and proceed with a new relationship avoid remarrying. They instead choose Continue Reading…

What’s “Suitable” Courtroom Attire?

There was a time when there was no question about courtroom attire because the answer was so obvious – a suit or dress. That’s how people dressed throughout most of history. Men wore suits to the office, to church, for funerals, dances, and even walking the dog. Women wore dresses to work, school, parties and grocery shopping. So when it came time to dress for court, there was no question. But in these times of “Business Casual,” what’s the new standard for courtroom attire? The short-answer, according to Michigan Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler is, “I advise my clients to wear business slacks Continue Reading…

Modern Work Options Drive Alimony Changes

On behalf of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Alimony on Thursday, October 30, 2014. Getting divorced can be financially stressful in Michigan, especially for those who have been out of the workforce for years or even decades. Many people decide to stay home to watch the kids and support their spouses’ careers. In this case, they may feel entitled to alimony following a divorce; however, an increasing number of states are revisiting their alimony laws. Alimony Changes as the Workplace Changes More judges are placing limits on how long a person should receive alimony, and they are standardizing the sums given out. In some Continue Reading…

Ask An Attorney – Alimony

By Christine Long of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Alimony on Monday, December 1, 2014. Check out our response in the Nov 26, 2014 Spinal Column feature, “Ask An Attorney.” The topic of this Q&A was alimony. We’d love to hear your suggestions. Please comment hear if you have a question you’d like answered. Or you can send it to the Spinal Column directly at letters@scnmail.com. Put “Ask An Attorney” on the subject line. Related Posts: Compromise may make a divorce involving alimony dispute peaceful, Judges’ approach to alimony changing nationwide, Kordell, Porsha Stewart divorce involves alimony, asset division, Alimony may be major point of dispute during Michigan Continue Reading…

Health Insurance After Divorce

The Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as, ObamaCare, is, “the US law aimed at reforming the American health care system. ObamaCare’s main focus is on providing more Americans with access to affordable health insurance, improving the quality of health care and health insurance, regulating the health insurance industry, and reducing health care spending in the US,” according to the ObamaCarefacts.com website. Most Americans are covered by health insurance, Medicaid or Medicare. For those who are not, ObamaCare requires them to purchase minimal health insurance, demonstrate exemption or pay a fine. The ObamaCarefacts.com website claims that the mandate has reduced the Continue Reading…

‘Tis the Season for Divorce

For everything there is a season. And for family law attorneys, the beginning of the year is the season for divorces. Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates sees a significant jump in divorce filings in January and February. There are many, many reasons. Blame it on New Year’s Resolutions Some couples, that may have been unhappy for a while, decide to usher in the New Year with a life-changing resolution – divorce. Be prepared: Filing for divorce may seem like a fresh start. Just remember the process of divorcing can take time. Although the end goal of not being married may be Continue Reading…