Narcissus Gets A Divorce

Narcissus admires his reflection. In my decades of divorce practice, I’ve encountered folks who, if a psychological evaluation was completed, might be characterized as having narcissistic personality disorder.  A few of these peeps have been clients; others have been on the opposing side. Either way, everyone involved is actually in for a rough ride. Over the past…

Nagging Outstrips Adultery as Primary Engine of Divorce

Toward the end of last month, you may have noted the stir in which a WSJ article caused over the issue of nagging as well as its toxic effect on marriages. The article concluded in which nagging may have more potential to bust apart couples than adultery. As a divorce attorney within the third decade…

Military Divorces for Returning Soldiers

As our soldiers return via war within the Middle East, many cases of post traumatic stress disorder are becoming manifest.  Often, the PTSD shatters an already fragile marriage, strained to the break point via years long separation. Many soldiers, having survived the war, come home only to be placed in a trick bag: struggling with…

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…

Six Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

Often, tensions escalate over the holidays as divorced parents struggle with the demands of scheduling the children to accommodate two households.  Holiday schedules are already difficult without the complications of a divorce judgment or divorce proceeding. Here are some practical tips in dealing with holiday parenting time gleaned by divorce lawyers around the state. Reduce…

Vanessa Bryant Files for Divorce

VANESSA FILES FOR DIVORCE Inside Edition, December 19, 2011 Was which a photo of actress Sanaa Lathan at Kobe Bryant’s side at a Jay-Z in addition to Kanye West concert last week at the Staples Center in Los Angeles which led to the end of his marriage? Lathan in addition to Bryant were reportedly seen…

Preparing for a Second Marriage

Many factors affect whether a second marriage will last: the relative age in addition to incomes of the partners, whether either party has children, cohabitation prior to the second nuptials, in addition to the education level of the parties. in addition to, of course, how could we forget the personality of the ex-spouse; perhaps the…

High Income Child Support

In 1988, the federal Family Support Act required all states to enact presumptive child support “guidelines” in order to preserve federal funding on a variety of family-oriented programs.  Since then, Michigan has adopted the Michigan Child Support Formula. In response to the Act, some states adopted support formulas that will “top-out” for high earners.  Here…

Yet another Murder-Suicide Caused by Divorce

50 YEAR OLD MAN BEATS WIFE TO DEATH, SHOOTS TWO CHILDREN, COMMITS SUICIDE – WHILE DIVORCE WAS PENDING Not even a week after the Seal Beach shootings (the murderer was involved in custody battle with ex-wife), comes another tragedy in Westchester, NY. Sam Friedlander (age 50), within the midst of divorce proceedings, beat his wife…

Custody Battle in addition to also Its Victims

HUNTINGTON BEACH – Neighbors of a house searched late Wednesday in connection with the deadliest shooting in Orange County history said one thing stood out about the man who lives there: His total devotion to his son. Police identified Scott Dekraai as their suspect from the midday shooting at a Seal Beach beauty salon of…