separate property

Divorce Property Settlement

If you are thinking of filing for divorce it is important that you understand your rights prior to filing for a divorce. On short term marriages the court will usually award each party the property that they owned prior to the divorce and will split what was accumulated during the marriage. An increase in some pre-marital […]

Over the years I have had received calls from people upset because their fiancee wanted them to sign a prenuptial agreement. I have also received calls from people who were worried about protecting their assets in case their marriage ended in divorce. Prenuptial ageements are valid and binding in Michigan.  People who are getting married […]

General Discussion on Property Division in a Michigan Divorce for My Clients in Wayne, Oakland, and Livingston County

 

The property division in a divorce in Michigan is based on many factors. Usually when I interview a client I ask my prospective client what he or she owned on the date of the marriage and what they own today.

A major factor in the split involves the length of the marriage for reason that in a […]

Separate Property v Marital Property as discussed in recent appeals court cases.

 

I. Marital vs Separate Property

Ayres v Ayres, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided December 22, 2011 (Docket No. 297989), on appeal from Otsego County

Each party owned a piece of real estate at the time of the marriage, but each contributed to the other’s property and they invested in property together during […]