Call us
(586) 954-9500
Text us
(586) 789-9500

The Divorce Attorney Journal

You don't have to lose your children, your money or your assets in a Michigan divorce.
Text us for help

Free consultation

Divorce Attorney Journal

2 weeksago
Some people leave a marriage and can’t imagine themselves in a relationship ever again. Others can’t wait to get out there and start dating. If you are emotionally and mentally ready to play the field, the question you need to ask yourself (and your Michigan...
2 monthsago
Renovating the kitchen, finishing the basement, upgrading flooring – home improvement projects of all shapes and sizes are exciting ways to add new life to your home. Unfortunately, these undertakings can also be stressful, whether you do it yourself or hire contractors. For some couples,...
May 17, 2021
5 monthsago

No marriage is perfect, no matter how much money you have. This is becoming especially clear as more news is revealed daily about the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates. The power couple have used their wealth to build a foundation and donate to science and, seemingly, live happily ever after. But no one knows what’s happening inside a marriage except those two people – and even then, sometimes you only know half of it. Now that Bill and Melinda are getting a divorce, there are things every couple can learn from the fall of their union.

No One Is Immune from Gray Divorce

The gray divorce has become a popular term to describe married couples in their 50s and older who have decided to call it quits. Sometimes these splits occur because the empty nest makes a pair realize they were only together for the kids – which seems to be the case for the Gates’ since their youngest is now 18. Or, they may come to terms with the reality that they’ve got several good decades still ahead of them and don’t want to spend them together.

The only hang-up is that divorce at any age can be financially debilitating. It is especially critical to work with your Michigan divorce lawyer to negotiate retirement savings, life insurance, pensions, and more, so you’re not caught in the red during what are supposed to be your golden years. If your ex remarries, you want to have clauses in your divorce settlement identifying what remains yours, no matter what.

Infidelity Can Only Be Tolerated for So Long

Plenty of couples have an “understanding” with each other about what’s sanctioned in their union and what is not. One of the most mind-blowing details to emerge from the Gates divorce is that Bill and Melinda had an arrangement that allowed him to spend one long weekend a year with his old girlfriend, just the two of them.

Many people blinked hard at the reveal of this information and therapists are picking this revelation apart, identifying its merits and drawbacks for modern relationships. There have always been unconventional unions, but for someone with wealth and a known name and face, this kind of arrangement seems like a thing of fiction. Though Michigan is a no-fault state, it’s relevant to your divorce if you know that your ex committed infidelity, no matter what verbal agreement you had with each other during your marriage.

Thank Your Spouse

Though the Netflix docuseries Inside Bill’s Brain: Decoding Bill Gates was released over two years ago, he made a poignant statement in the interview saying the one thing he wish he’d done more of was to thank Melinda.

If your union is feeling especially rocky or nearing divorce, perhaps take this comment to heart. When it comes to fidelity, Bill may not win any awards, but this piece of wisdom could be marriage-saving, especially for couples who have lived through a pandemic together and found their union tested tremendously. Regular, heartfelt thank yous to your significant other could be the difference between staying together and breaking up.

Protect Your Assets

Finally, the biggest piece of news is that the Gates did not have a prenuptial agreement. They spent a year working out a separation agreement before announcing their split. Even if you make a fortune after marriage, you can get a postnuptial agreement to safeguard your assets in the case of a Michigan divorce.

Have questions about your “regular” divorce instead of a billionaire split? Consult with a Michigan divorce lawyer. Contact Femminineo Attorneys in Macomb County to schedule your free initial 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.


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.

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.

During traditional business hours, please call us at: (586) 954-9500

Michigan Divorce Attorney

Listed on a comprehensive state-by-state divorce informational network.

The information presented within this website is for general information purposes and is NOT and should not be considered as being “legal advice”. You should not act on any information presented herein without the verifying same with your attorney.

Site contents ©2021 Femminineo Attorneys P.L.L.C.