Tips for defending against a spouse hiding assets in a divorce

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, December 12, 2016. If you are divorcing your spouse on less than amicable terms, you might take heed of today’s post topic: hidden assets. The story involves a spouse attempting to hide about $400 million from his soon-to-be former spouse. Although …

Ways that an attorney can guide you through your divorce

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, January 2, 2017. Even when minor children are not involved, the sheer number of issues posed by a divorce proceeding can leave the parties feeling overwhelmed. For that reason, a family law attorney often functions as a guide, offering more than just legal counsel. Our …

Don’t forget to update your contractual obligations after divorce

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, January 16, 2017. A divorce requires the parties to divide not only their marital assets, but also any debts of the marital estate. Furthermore, the parties must notify any entities with whom they have contractual obligations about their changed marital status. …

What type of witnesses are called in a divorce trial?

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, January 30, 2017. It may seem ridiculous that you have to sue your spouse to end a marital relationship, but a marriage is a contract, after all. And like other types of cases, there are certain procedural markers that define the …

Don’t try this at home: Do-it-yourself divorce filings

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Although a do-it-yourself attitude may be fine for some projects, like home improvement, our family law firm would caution against going into a divorce on your own. True, the website for Michigan’s courts does offer forms and information …

Could fault become a factor in divorce alimony discussions?

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, February 27, 2017. In Michigan, a couple may file for divorce based on the ground of no fault. However, that’s not a guarantee that allegations of fault may not surface later in the divorce proceeding. Specifically, if the parties cannot reach …

Tips for drafting an enforceable postnuptial contract

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, April 24, 2017. Michigan law allows a couple to draw up a contract after they are married. This type of agreement, called a postnuptial contract, does not indicate that a couple is on the verge of divorcing. In fact, executing this …

Getting divorced? Make sure you inventory the marital estate

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, May 15, 2017. A divorce requires the parties to divide the marital estate. In Michigan, that approach is called equitable distribution, calling for a fair result, but not necessarily a 50-50 split. Although disputes may arise over what constitutes “fair,” our …

Are there special issues to consider in a military divorce?

On behalf of Bebout, Potere, Cox & Bennion, P.C. posted in divorce on Monday, May 22, 2017. The U.S. Supreme Court recently ruled that a federal law called the Uniformed Services Former Spouses’ Protection Act preempts any applicable state law approach to the contrary regarding property division rights. The state law would classify a waived portion of retirement pay …