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How should you tell your spouse you want a divorce?

Making the decision to get a divorce is serious. Once you say that you’re interested in separating or divorcing, your spouse may agree or it may cause more tension in your home. How you bring up the idea of a separation or divorce is just as important as what you do...

Helping your children cope with divorce

Divorce is a challenging time for everyone in the family. During a time when everything is changing, your children will look for help to navigate the process. As you are going through a divorce, you will likely find yourself having difficulty knowing how to cope with...

Divorce impacts men and women differently

During a divorce, parties expend their energies contesting various legal issues: alimony, child custody, property division and so on. Every decision affects their financial, health and social well-being. While this may be true for everyone going through divorce,...

Modifying the terms of a child custody order

Most Michigan residents probably assume that the stress and emotional upheaval of a divorce ends when the judge signs the final order that determines issues such as child custody, child support, division of assets and support. That isn't always the case. Even if the...

Is there an option besides getting a divorce?  

Like many other states, Michigan law has options for West Michigan couples who may wish to remain married but otherwise live separate lives and have separate homes and finances. Many couples may be interested in this option, which Michigan officially calls separate...

What are my options if I need to move?

After a divorce, a person in the West Michigan area may need to relocate for any number of reasons.  Sometimes, a better economic opportunity may await them elsewhere, while in other cases, family concerns or a chance to improve the lives of the person’s children may...