Silver Divorce on the Rise

Grey Divorce or Silver Divorce are terms coined to describe divorce for those over the age of 50. Much has been written about divorce trends for mature adults. One factor in the increased rate of Silver Divorce we’re seeing in family law practice is the influence of Millennials. “At a time when divorce is becoming less common for younger adults, so-called “gray divorce” is on the rise: Among U.S. adults ages 50 and older, the divorce rate has roughly doubled since the 1990s,” according to an article by Social Trends Author Renee Stepler on the PewResearch Center Website titled, “Led by Baby 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…

Religious vs Civil Annulment

How does civil annulment differ from the Catholic process of obtaining Declarations of Nullity? First off, the standards are different. Religious vs Civil Annulment Standards The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ article, “Annulments (Declarations of Nullity),” explains religious annulment as, “a Church tribunal (a Catholic Church court) declares that a marriage thought to be valid according to Church law actually fell short of at least one of the essential elements required for a binding union.” Those requirements include: Both spouses are free to marry Each is capable of consenting Free consent Intention to marry for life, be faithful and be 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…

Pokemon Go to Divorce Court

Pokemon Go gets people out of the house. It brings people together. The game encourages exercise. It’s good, clean, healthy entertainment…until it’s not. As the old saying goes, it’s all fun and games until someone chooses to spend time with imaginary creatures rather than a spouse. Which is apparently what’s happening in the world. In the grand tradition of football and hunting, Pokemon Widowhood is becoming a phenomenon.   What may start as a hobby, for some people creeps past obsession to out-and-out addiction. As with other highly-addictive habits, Pokemon Go gives instant gratification, an opportunity for escape from reality, 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…

Facebook Breakup Tool May Ease Status Change

Facebook is testing a breakup tool that allows people to limit their exposure to posts and photos of former loves. Whether ex-boyfriend, ex-girlfriend or former spouse, the barrage of social media posts from past relationships can be torturous. Constantly following an ex can impede the emotional healing process. Formerly, the only options to avoid seeing your exes’ Facebook posts were “Unfriend,” “Unfollow” and “Block.” According to TheGuardian.com, “Facebook is trialling tools that hide posts and updates and make it easier to untag posts with an ex, without the need for the savage steps of un-friending or blocking.” For some, like Facebook 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…