Walkaway Wife: Wants Divorce

Companion Article to “The Haggard Husband: Considering Divorce“ “In my many years as a divorce attorney, several relationship patterns play out repeatedly including the path of the Walkaway Wife who wants divorce,” says South Lyon Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. The attorneys of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates see the typical marriage-ending patterns of infidelity, drug abuse, and financial struggles that wreak havoc on marriages. But a less obvious pattern – labeled as Walkaway Wife Syndrome – is also quite common. The term Walkaway Wife Syndrome was made popular by marriage counselor, Michele Weiner-Davis MSW. She explains the process of emotional-breakdown that some Continue Reading…

Social Media Evidence Impacts Divorce Cases

Kathryn Wayne-Spindler recently responded to a question regarding the impact of social media evidence on family law cases in the Oakland County SpinalColumn Newsweekly. Social Media Evidence and Divorce Q: My wife and I are in the process of divorcing. I was checking her Facebook page the other day and noticed a one-year “anniversary” photo post of her at a restaurant with a man’s arm around her shoulders. The status read, “NOW I’ve had the time of my life.” I know that proving infidelity can impact the divorce settlement so I am starting to search for other evidence of an affair. 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…

After Infidelity: Separation Instead of Divorce

When infidelity in a marriage is uncovered, spouses understandably jump into a hyper-emotional mode that may include emotional pain, guilt, betrayal, mistrust, or defensiveness. For many couples the intense hurt for one and intense passion of the other, make the obstacles of maintaining a marriage seem insurmountable. Bolstered by friends and relatives, the cheated-upon spouse may dive into divorce in response to the pain of betrayal. He or she may be encouraged to believe that divorce is “what you do” after discovering a spouse cheated. For the cheater, thrill of a dalliance may override appreciation for long-term bonds of marriage. Continue Reading…

Infidelity and Divorce

Suspicion is on the smartphone, proof is on paper There’s a significant difference between knowing that your spouse is cheating and proving it in court. Proving infidelity can have an impact on the outcome of your divorce. Although Michigan is a No-Fault divorce state, infidelity is considered during divorce proceedings. “The division of property can be impacted by the proof of infidelity and/or abuse,” states Michigan family law attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. Judges strive for “equitable” division of marital assets when deciding how much each party gets in the divorce settlement. Equitable, in the case of divorce rulings, does not necessarily Continue Reading…