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financially blindsided by Michigan divorceDoes your husband manage all the finances in your relationship, do the bill-paying, and make the big decisions about major investments and financial planning? According to a UBS Global Wealth Management report, 56 percent of married women say “yes.” Should a Michigan divorce come knocking, this arrangement can throw far too many women for a loop, leaving them without a clue as to the financial health of their marriage, and how to function financially on their own, during and after divorce.

What Is Your Role in Important Financial Decisions?

You may assume that older generations are the only married couples who fall into the traditional gender roles of men dealing with the money and women dealing with the house. But this is not the case. Sixty-one percent of millennial women and 54 percent of female baby boomers leave the investment decisions to their husbands.

Allowing your spouse to deal with the big financial decisions is not always a conscious choice for women. Many women take on the lion’s share of child-rearing – from feeding to bathing to chauffeuring to teaching to nurturing and more. They work, take care of the home, do the shopping, tend to schedules, and so on. There isn’t always much room left in a woman’s day to deal with one more major decision, especially when it comes to money. The roles fall into place, and it’s often easy to just allow your spouse to take on the financial chores of your household – when you’re in a good relationship.

Unfortunately, many women who are relatively in the dark about what’s happening with their dollars and cents kick themselves later for their lack of involvement in household finances if a divorce comes to pass. Fifty-nine percent of divorcees (and widows) regret not taking part in long-term financial planning when they were a couple. Makes you think twice about the value of a prenuptial agreement, huh?

The Danger of Financial Abdication

The UBS report refers to women who wash their hands of marital finances as committing “financial abdication.” Fifty-six percent of divorcees admit they discovered unexpected financial matters while splitting up, some good (e.g., 401(k) plans they didn’t know existed) and some bad (e.g., major debt, poor investment choices). Interestingly enough, women are still more likely to initiate a divorce.

While going into the dissolution of your first marriage somewhat ignorant of marital holdings is a serious complication, at least there is one positive of financial fallout from the first marriage: In second marriages, eight out of 10 women are more active in the financial decisions regarding their current marriage.

It’s important to be practical about ignoring the financial element of your union: Even if you don’t get divorced, women have longer life expectancies than men. At some point, you are likely to find yourself holding the money bag and potentially having no idea what’s inside (or what’s not).

Take Control of Your Financial Present and Future

Divorce is difficult enough without feeling like you’re on shaky footing where your assets are concerned. To convincingly fight for what is rightfully yours in a marriage, it’s critical to know what financial components are part of your relationship, especially if financial infidelity is one of the causes of your divorce.

Having an experienced Michigan divorce attorney on your side will help you uncover any financial secrets, ensure that you don’t shoulder more of the financial burden of your split than necessary, and walk away with a fresh slate that you’re prepared to know every inch of so you’re never caught in money illiteracy ever again.

Consult with Femminineo Attorneys, PLLC in Macomb, Michigan, to talk about the financial side of divorce so you’re not left in the dark. Contact us to schedule your appointment.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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. We are available to our clients 24 hours a day through our hot line at 586-854-3654.

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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