If you're one of the 30,000 people who call White Lake Twp., Michigan home and you're planning to divorce, you're not alone. It's important to make sure you find a good family law attorney who can help you through the process, though, so you get what's fair to you and your children in the final settlement.
While divorce isn't always an easy process, many of them are amicable and the spouses can agree on the big things. Whether you have that kind of relationship with your spouse or you're struggling with a contentious divorce that isn't going well, it's always best to have an advocate to work with.
Child custody and child support can both be difficult areas to address, and there is a lot to consider. For example, if your children are used to going to the public schools in White Lake Twp., it may be better to let them live with the parent who is going to be living in the district.
That way, the children won't have the stress of changing schools on top of the stress of their parents' divorce. If both parents are still going to be in the district, though, there are other ways to work out custody issues that will be the best for everyone. Generally, the non-custodial parent will then pay child support based on income.
During a divorce, another thing you and your spouse will need to consider will be the division of property. If you own a home in White Lake Twp., you'll have to decide if one of you will continue to live in it. Some divorcing couples sell their house and split the proceeds, but there are options to consider. An attorney can help you decide which choice will be the right one for you.
Cars, bank accounts, retirement accounts, furniture, investments, and anything else you both own will also have to be divided. Coming to an agreement on these things before your court date is much easier than having the judge determine who should get what. Your attorney can help you reach an agreement with your spouse, so your divorce can be handled more smoothly.
Spousal support, or alimony, isn't commonly seen in divorce settlements anymore, but there are time when it's warranted and makes sense. If you want to try to get this kind of support, you'll need an attorney to make your case for you. That can help the judge determine whether you're really entitled to the support, or whether it's not needed.
If you had a prenuptial agreement regarding spousal support or other considerations in the event of a divorce, your attorney will be able to go over that agreement and address it's validity. Not all prenuptial agreements are ruled to be valid by the court, and it's important you know the quality of yours before you use its provisions in the divorce filing.
Annulment and paternity are two other areas that family law attorneys generally address. Questions about either one of those issues should be directed to the White Lake Twp. attorney you've chosen. That way you can get your questions answered, go through any court proceedings necessary, and move on with your life. Offering Family Law services for White Lake Township, Attorney Jannelle Zawadieh provides a FREE consultation.
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