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    Plenty of decisions are made during the divorce process, but there are many action items that cannot be taken care of until your Michigan divorce is finalized. It’s a good idea to create a post-divorce checklist to ensure that you stay organized and protect all your interests.

    What needs to be done? Who will do it? When will it get done? Both you and your ex will have responsibilities once your divorce is complete, including transitioning to your own accounts and services. Some tasks will be tedious, but all are consequential.

    The Post-Divorce Daily Details

    • Mobile phones: When you have a shared cell phone plan with your ex, you will want to transfer your number to your own cell phone plan to ensure privacy and continuation of service. You will decide during your divorce which one of you is responsible, if it applies, for keeping the kids on their cell phone plan.
    • Emergency contacts: Has your spouse always been your emergency contact for doctors, schools, and work? Notify relevant parties that things have changed and identify new, reliable emergency contacts for yourself.
    • School: If you have school-age children, let the schools know that your household now looks different and that all communication should go to both parents individually, if it doesn’t already. They may also need to be aware of your parenting time schedule if it affects who picks up or drops off your child on different days.
    • Email accounts: If you and your spouse have a shared email address, determine if one of you will keep that address or if you will suspend the use of it. If someone does maintain ownership, change the password. Even if you both have your own email accounts, it’s a good idea to change all your passwords, whether your ex knows them or not.
    • Digital life: Beyond email, there is plenty of your life that is lived online – and some of it may have been lived jointly. You and your ex will need to determine how your shared digital assets will be divvied up, or if they need to be stopped and started anew in two different places. This can include everything from your Netflix subscription to your library card, e-books to online banking, patient portals to family photo storage. If you maintain social media accounts like Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn, change the passwords, even if your ex never knew them.

    The Financial Matters

    • Credit cards: Joint cards? Cancel them, or at least the primary cardholder should cancel the use of any other cards. If you don’t have any individual credit cards, open at least one in your own name.
    • Beneficiaries: All accounts that have beneficiary designations should be updated to reflect changes, including life insurance and retirement accounts.
    • Health insurance: Remove your spouse as someone who receives benefits. If you’re the spouse losing coverage, secure new health insurance coverage immediately.
    • Estate planning: Update your will, power of attorney, healthy proxy, and other estate planning documents to omit your ex or adjust the detail accordingly.
    • Taxes: Your divorce agreement will identify who can claim the kids as dependents. As for all other tax matters, it’s a good idea to get the help of a tax preparer in your divorce year to ensure that all taxes are done properly.

    This post-divorce checklist only scratches the surface of the many things that will need to be changed during and after your divorce – property division and everything associated with it is a major element of the post-divorce workload. Work closely with your Michigan divorce lawyer to compile a full list of how life will need to shift once your split is finalized. Contact the family law attorneys at Femminineo Attorneys to schedule your consultation.

    What makes us the right divorce attorneys for you?

    Family Law Expertise

    Most lawyers are in a general practice and do some of everything. One of our main focuses is on Family law and being expert at divorce, custody and support matters.

    Strong Relationships

    We are in court daily, working with the family court judges, their staff and clerks, the Friend of the Court office, the Bar Association and other attorneys working in this area. We pride ourselves on fighting hard for our clients while working well with everyone.

    Experience

    Our extensive experience and strong relationship with the courts and our peers leads many judges and attorneys to hire us to act as Mediators in other Family Law cases. Make no mistake; having a strong working relationship with the court can have a massive impact on your case. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and are in trial regularly against the best in the business. We see the judges every week and maintain strong ties with their staff.

    We Care

    Although every attorney can “handle” your case, Femminineo Attorneys cares about you and your family. We work extremely hard to keep this difficult process civil and to shelter your children from as much of the negative facets as possible.

    Commitment

    Once your case is concluded, we will be there to help you with any post-judgment problems that may arise.

    Flexibility

    Everyone’s financial situation is different and we work with our clients to formulate a fee arrangement that works within your means.

    Effectiveness

    We have handled every possible situation involving domestic law. We will do everything possible to wrap up your case in a timely manner, avoiding delays that cause unnecessary legal fees.

    Tenacity

    When your case cannot be easily solved, we will fight hard and use all of our resources to win. Unlike most attorneys, we have no fear of the court room and we regularly win cases against the best in the business at trial.

    Expert Staff

    Unlike many attorneys who have a part-time typist and work 30 hours a week, we have an expert staff available all day long to assist you and provide immediate service.

    Personal Service

    At Femminineo Attorneys, your case will be handled by an experienced family law attorney. Each of our attorneys in our family law division has many years of experience in handling family law matters.

    We encourage you to see these differences for yourself and call today to speak with one of our partners or schedule a free consultation at our office.

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