The Seven Rules of Alimony Deduction

Sometimes the IRS allows a deduction for alimony payments. It is granted in part because the recipient is taxed on alimony. The two parties end up paying less in taxes overall because the alimony is deductible. The parties are actually shifting income from a higher to a lower tax bracket, by transferring alimony from the

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What if I do not want to divorce, for religious or other reasons?

Michigan Separate Maintenance What if I do not want to divorce, for religious or other reasons? Michigan permits an action for separate maintenance. It is filed in the same manner and on the same grounds as for divorce. However, when the matter is concluded, a Judgment of Separate Maintenance will be entered and the parties

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What Factors Does The Court Look At When Deciding Child Custody?

What is in the “best interests of the child?” The Child Custody Act provides that custody of a child is to be determined by the “best interests of the child” standard which means the sum total of the following factors to be considered, evaluated and determined by the court. Answering the questionnaire below will give

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Michigan Child Support Guidelines

Children are legally entitled to support from their natural parents or adoptive parents. The amount that a parent pays or receives varies from state to state. Support is determined by income, number of children, and the amount of time each parent spends with the children. Many states, including Michigan, have developed formulas and guidelines to

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National Child Support Enforcement Program

Background The timely receipt of child support is critical for millions of Michigan families. The nation’s Child Support Enforcement Program (CSE) is a federal/state/local partnership to help families locate non-custodial parents, establish paternity when necessary, establish orders for support and collect child support payments for families. All states and some tribes have a child support

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How do I know if I qualify for Michigan spousal support?

Michigan Spousal support (Michigan alimony) is not part of the property settlement; it is a separate consideration. The goal of spousal support is to balance the incomes and needs of the parties in a way that will not impoverish either party. The courts consider a number of factors in deciding whether or not to award

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What is considered “separate property” in a Michigan divorce?

In any divorce action that goes to trial, the court must divide marital property between the parties.  To do so, it must first determine what property is marital and what property is separate.  Reeves v Reeves, 226 Mich App 490 (1997).  This is defined by statute under Michigan law, and interpreted by the courts.  Generally,

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