Attorney Stereotype Not Accurate

There are few professions more vilified than that of the divorce attorney (except maybe used car salesman.) Insulting lawyers is practically a sport. We hear lawyer jokes in line at the grocery store. There are comics and Facebook pages designed to malign attorneys. The interesting dichotomy is that if you listen to our clients, you hear exactly the opposite – that we were there for them during one of the hardest times of their lives. We supported them. Answered their questions. Advocated for them in the courtroom and genuinely cared about them. We gave them their best chance at moving Continue Reading…

Limited Scope Representation Makes Sense in Michigan

It’s the right time for Limited Scope Representation in Michigan Currently, Michigan Legal Ethics standards do not allow attorneys to represent clients for parts of their cases. In other states, Limited Scope Representation enables clients to get help with just certain parts of their legal matters. For instance, in Missouri, a potential client could handle most of the document filing themselves and only work with an attorney for court appearances. According to the Missouri Lawyers Help article, 7 Things you should know about Limited Scope Representation, “LSR is an efficient way for clients who cannot afford the cost of hiring 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…

Lawyer Explains Divorce Initiation

Kathryn Wayne-Spindler Answers Question about Divorce Initiation Commerce Township Divorce Lawyer Kathryn Wayne-Spindler explains the Divorce Initiation Process for a West Oakland County Spinal Column Newsweekly Ask An Attorney feature Q: My wife and I have been arguing for years. We’ve tried couples therapy off-and-on. It’s not working and I’m fed up. I need to know how about divorce initiation. What do I do? A: I’m sorry to hear that your marriage has broken down. Even though it’s my job to help people dissolve relationships, I know it’s painful for couples to come to the decision to divorce. Let me say Continue Reading…

Should you hug your family law attorney?

To Hug? Or Not to Hug your family law attorney? That is the question. On the one hand, a family law attorney is a seasoned professional. Someone who went to years of post-graduate school, passed the bar exam and endured years of grueling training. This person is most likely driven, competitive, professional, impressive (possibly even intimidating) and confident. When you hire an attorney, you expect them to be competent and assertive. Some attorneys would be offended at the informality of hugging – or at the very least, the assumption that all women attorneys are huggers. Female attorney, Deanne M. Koll Continue Reading…

Summertime Custody Considerations Should Include Best Interests Factors

Memorial Weekend and high-school graduations mark the start of summertime in Michigan. For many working parents, not much changes with the new season other than the weather. But for many lucky kids, summertime in Michigan might mean camps and S’mores, hiking trips Up North, sleepovers and softball games. For divorced families, all these activities can bring scheduling conflicts, parenting time questions and summertime custody considerations. “We handle a lot of parenting time conflicts at the start of summer because kids’ activities tend to be more spontaneous this time of the year,” says experienced South Lyon Child Custody Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. “When Continue Reading…

Low Cost Divorce on a Budget

Save big bucks by keeping it civil There are entire sections of bookstores devoted to weddings on a budget. The advice ranges from baking your own cake to borrowing a dress. Everybody knows that modern American weddings are not cheap. “Couples that live in Milford, MI Zip Code 48381 spend between $23,045 and $38,408 on average for their wedding,” according to Cost of Wedding website. That said, not everyone has that kind of money for a ceremony and reception so brides and grooms are getting creative about making it happen with limited funds. It only stands to reason then, that many of Continue Reading…

Thinking of Divorce? You’re Not Alone this Time of Year

While kids are counting down the number of school days left before summer, some parents are counting the days for another reason – filing for divorce. When you think about it, there are at least three good reasons that June is a good time to file for divorce. 1 – Kids have the summer to adjust Some parents have been waiting until school finishes to file for divorce and tell the kids. Some people don’t have a choice because of finances or abuse but those who do may find the transition to be smoother by waiting until the kids are Continue Reading…

Children of Parental Alienation Suffer as Adults

As incidences of Parental Alienation Syndrome increase, therapy professionals are looking at the long-term impacts on the children of high-conflict divorces. Children of Parental Alienation Suffer Later in Life According to Edward Kruk, Ph.D., “Psychiatrist Richard Gardner developed the concept of “parental alienation syndrome” 20 years ago.” Now, decades later, the children identified as being the subjects of Parental Alienation are becoming young adults and encountering difficulties in the own marriages and parenting relationships. It manifests itself in narcissistic behaviors, addictions, and difficulty co-parenting. The term Parental Alienation is used to describe a perpetual pattern of one parent brainwashing the Continue Reading…

Is Affair Proof Marriage Possible?

In cruising for blog topics this week, we at Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates came across this headline in People.com “How Amy (Duggar) King and Husband Dillon King Are ‘Affair-Proofing’ Their Marriage – and Why They Don’t Want Kids … Yet” In the article, newlyweds Amy and Dillon of 19 Kids and Counting fame, talk about their wedding, honeymoon and hopes for their new life together. “It’s having fun and leaning on her faith that makes Amy feel she and Dillon will stand the test of time. ‘I think when you talk about the Lord together you become closer as a Continue Reading…