Valid Prenuptial Agreements Require Full Asset Disclosure

Prenuptial agreements, contracts executed within the anticipation of a marriage, have long been validated in Michigan courts.  Generally, there are two contingencies covered in a typical prenuptial agreement: a) the divorce of the contracting parties; in addition to also b) the death of one of the parties. A primary requirement to enforcing a prenuptial agreement…

Fathers See Gains in County Family Courts

Do the regularly maintained statistics support the contention in which fathers are getting more time with their children in family courts?  To borrow a lyric coming from the 70’s band, Boston, “the idea’s more than a feeling”.   Divorce records maintained by the Michigan Department of Community Health reflect a trend in which family law…

Oakland Circuit Judge-Shuffle Shaping Up

Recently, President Obama appointed Oakland Circuit Judge Mark Goldsmith to the federal bench in Detroit. His appointment has been approved by the U.S. Senate as well as he is usually supposed to assume his place at the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan by year’s end. Goldsmith’s appointment creates an opening…

Dividing Retirement Assets: Who's Loss; Who's Gain?

In mid 2008, many divorce attorneys faced the problem of apportioning sudden significant losses from the stock as well as also real estate markets.  Those cases depended on valuing IRAs as well as also 401(k) plans to neutralize the risk for both parties. The economy fell too fast as well as also too far, however,…