When you divorce in Michigan, one of the issues you'll have to address is property division. Assuming you don't have a prenuptial agreement that addresses how the assets are to be divided, it will be up to the two of you to agree. Many times, there's no agreement between the parties, because they don't feel that what the other party is offering is fair to them. This can take an otherwise amicable divorce and make it very bitter and difficult. By calling The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh, you can help avoid some of those problems.
Your lawyer can provide a free consultation, and from that point you'll be able to take the first steps toward coming to an agreement on marital property. Some spouses don't have much to divide, especially if they're very young and/or don't make a lot of money. However, if you own a home, have cars in both of your names, and have significant amounts of money in the bank, retirement accounts, and other investments, you can end up needing to divide a lot of things between the two of you. What you had coming into the marriage may not be what you leave with, which can cause stress and anger.
Having an attorney to work through the issues with is the best way to address these types of concerns. Your Michigan Family Law attorney can advise you on what to ask for in the division of assets and why you should ask for those things. He or she can also help you determine what really matters most to you, so you'll have some areas in which you can bargain or make concessions in order to reach an agreement with your spouse. The more amicable the agreement the better, but our attorneys have plenty of experience with contentious cases, as well.
All of the material possessions owned by you and your spouse need to be divided up, but most people lump certain things in together. For example, whoever gets the house often also keeps the furniture. This is not always the case, though, and is something you can negotiate with your spouse if necessary. Your case is unique to you and your spouse, but there are also laws and guidelines that will apply to you throughout the process of divorce. Understanding those laws can help you move forward with the process.
Your lawyer will advise you of those laws, and talk with you regarding the options you have for property division. Because states can be different in how they divide the property of married couples who are divorcing, it's very important to get a lawyer to help you, even if you know the laws quite well in another state. Laws also change frequently, and your lawyer will be the most up to date on anything that could affect your case. We pride ourselves on communication and knowledge, so let us put those to work for you today.
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