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No divorce is easy. Even when the marriage has been broken and unhappy for some time, divorce still means difficult decisions must be made, and that you will feel the loss in many different ways. A divorce lawyer in Washington Township can help minimize the amount of loss you feel. Divorce attorneys know how to lessen the impact of divorce by negotiating effectively with the other side and bringing the case to a close as quickly and easily as possible for you. Below are a few of the terms an attorney will help with while working your case.
Ideally, parents will agree on child custody and parenting time matters. When the two spouses can do this, the courts will typically approve the agreement and make it a final order. In cases when the two parents cannot come to an agreement on their own, the court will make the final decision about custody and parenting time. A judge will take the child’s best interests into consideration when making a decision on child custody and parenting time. 12 factors in total help judges determine what is in the best interests of the child. Some of these factors include:
In most cases, the courts will try to award both joint and legal custody to both parents.
Like with child custody arrangements, the two parents can agree on child support payments. However, they are never under an obligation to sign off on it. Parents, on the other hand, cannot waive child support, or say that their spouse does not have to pay it because it is the legal obligation of each parent to provide financial support to their child.
There is a formula the courts follow when determining child support matters. This formula takes into account the income of each spouse, how much time the child spends with each parent, and the expenses associated with the child including healthcare and childcare costs.
Other than child custody and child support issues, property division is the most contentious aspect of many divorces. Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means that property in a divorce is divided fairly, although not necessarily equally. Separate property, which is property each spouse brought into the marriage with them, is not divided under equitable distribution laws. Only marital property, or that which was acquired during the marriage, is divided.
If you are considering divorce, or have already started the process, call our Washington Township divorce lawyers at Iafrate & Salassa, P.C., today. We can explain all the terms of divorce that apply to your case, and how the law will impact them. We will also work diligently and quickly to help make your divorce a little easier for you and your family. Call us today or contact us online to schedule your free consultation.