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…

Does Fault Matter?

A recent Institute of Continuing Legal Education seminar titled, “Fault: Does it Ever Really Matter?” by Jade J. Edwards reviews the aspects of a divorce that can be influenced by determining fault. In the ICLE materials, Edwards wrote, “Michigan is a “no fault” divorce state. This simply means that a party can get a divorce regardless of fault. However, this does not mean that fault doesn’t matter at all.” Does Fault Matter in Child Custody? The primary premise of child custody and visitation is to provide for the best interests of the child after divorce. It is further assumed, unless Continue Reading…

10 years: Divorce Statute of Limitations

10 years. That’s how long Michigan courts allow ex-spouses to execute the terms of a Judgment of Divorce. The Divorce Statute of Limitations applies to: Completing a Qualified Domestic Relations Order for division of future pension or retirement funds Signing over a Quit Claim Deed Enforcing an order to refinance or sell the home and split the proceeds Specific other terms negotiated in the division of assets “This is a crucial topic,” says Washtenaw County Divorce Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler. “There is a limited time to execute the terms of the divorce. Once the 10 years are up, unless you and 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…

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…

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…

Celebrity Divorce: Do Prenups Work?

People are watching the spectacle of Food Network star Bobby Flay’s current divorce from Law and Order SVU actress Stephanie March not only for scintillating gossip but for news of the contested prenuptial agreement as well. Their public argument calls into question the viability of prenup agreements in the fast changing world of high-profile marriage and divorce. It leaves a lot of people wondering, do prenups work? Do Prenups Work? South Lyon Family Law Attorney Kathryn Wayne-Spindler says yes. (If they’re written properly.) “As a third-time husband, Flay had cleverly insisted on a prenup with alimony of $5,000 a month Continue Reading…

Amicable Divorce Advice for a Friendly Split

On behalf of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Property Division on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. When people hear the word divorce, they usually don’t imagine an amicable settlement. However, it is possible to collaborate with a soon-to-be-ex so that both parties can achieve their goals as best as possible when it comes to the division of marital assets and property. A few tips can help people in Michigan to achieve a relatively harmonious, fruitful divorce. First, it is wise for those involved to avoid blaming one another or bringing to light personal issues that might disrupt the process. Infighting only makes it harder for the Continue Reading…

Perform Asset Inventory Before Divorce

On behalf of Kathryn Wayne-Spindler & Associates, PC posted in Property Division on Thursday, October 23, 2014. Knowing where to begin during a divorce can be confusing in Michigan, especially when one feels discombobulated at the thought of leaving a marriage in the first place. However, taking the right steps from the start can help a person’s divorce process to move in a personally favorable direction as far as the division of assets and property is concerned. Some tips can help people to protect themselves financially when dissolving their marriage. First, it is wise to document all items in the family home. This includes taking video Continue Reading…