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Ways Your Spouse Can Hide Assets in a Divorce

Going through a divorce is difficult enough, but when you suspect your spouse of hiding assets, it can make the process even more complicated and frustrating. Your marital property, which includes all assets and debts that you have acquired during your marriage, should be divided fairly between both parties. Unfortunately, there are many divorce cases […]

How Assets Get Divided in Michigan Divorce

The Shaw Law Firm  | Divorce Under Michigan divorce law, most property acquired during a marriage is considered to be “marital property”.   If the parties get divorced, the court will generally divide marital property equally between the two parties. Factors considered in the distribution of assets If one party does something to waste or dispose of […]

What to Do Before Asking for a Divorce

The decision to ask for a divorce shouldn’t be made without a lot of introspection and preparation. Even in the best of situations, a divorce can take a deep emotional toll. Then there are the potentially long-reaching financial consequences. Michigan divorce lawyers are here to guide you in those types of situation. If you are certain you are […]

Man goes to jail for refusing to pay ex-wife’s lawyer

Man goes to jail for refusing to pay ex-wife’s lawyer A Genesee Circuit Court judge’s decision to send a Swartz Creek man to jail over a divorce case has been upheld by the State of Michigan Court of Appeals. According to court documents, the man claimed unemployment for almost two years and that “he has […]

Should I move out?

Should I move out? One of the most common misconceptions is that a person will be found to have “abandoned” their home, by moving out, and that there will be a loss of rights resulting from this action. There is nothing in Michigan law that provides for a loss of rights if one moves out […]

Ashley Madison Data Breach

Ashley Madison Data Breach Over the past few days, there has been significant media coverage about the recent Ashley Madison data breach and subsequent disclosure of client names and other personal client information. Based on media reports, family law attorneys are seeing a significant uptick in potential new matters due to a spouse being an […]


A large percentage of divorced persons, widows, and widowers subsequently remarry one or more times. It is important to consider the legal effect divorces may have on any pre-existing estate plans including wills, trusts, non-probate transfers [such as joint tenancy with rights of survivorship, community property with rights of survivorship, payable on death (“POD”) and […]

Short Sales and Foreclosures in Divorce

Short Sales and Foreclosures in Divorce When people get divorced, they often sell the marital residence. In 2010, divorced couples are learning there is less equity in their homes and the ability to sell a non-foreclosed or short-saled property is impacted by these market conditions. These conditions also impact refinancing as there is less equity […]

Improvoing Economy = Increase in Divorces

Improvoing Economy = Increase in Divorces A good way to tell that the economy is recovering is to review the divorce rates. In 2008, the divorce rate dropped 24% in 2008 and 57% in 2009, but started inching upwards towards the end of last year.   It appears that people were afraid they were going to […]

How to Select a Divorce Lawyer

How to Select a Divorce Lawyer Choosing your lawyer is probably the most important decision you will make in your divorce process. So make sure you find somebody who will smooth the road ahead, not make it more rough than it already is. Here are some tips. 1. Schedule a consultation with the attorney. First […]

Innocent Spouse Relief

Innocent Spouse Relief If your spouse cheated on a joint tax return filed with you, you may be able to escape liability for any amounts owed to the IRS. If you were unaware that your spouse made misrepresentations on your joint tax return, you can file forms that will allow you to compute your tax […]

Are divorce legal fees tax deductible?

Unfortunately, most of the fees associated with your divorce are not tax-deductible. However, some portions such as those related to any tax advice related to your divorce are deductible. Fees for Tax advice The time and fees your attorney charges for any type of tax planning research or advice to you on items related to […]