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Tax changes could reduce alimony payments

Michigan residents who currently receive alimony may be affected by upcoming changes in federal tax laws. Ex-spouses required to pay alimony are entitled to a tax break under current law. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act includes a proposal to eliminate the tax break, which could reduce the amount alimony recipients receive because more money will be going toward taxes.

The option of divorce arbitration

When people in Michigan divorce, emotions can sometimes make it difficult for them to negotiate issues such as child custody, spousal support and asset division. Working with a professional mediator or engaging in a collaborative divorce may likewise not help the spouses come to an understanding. Historically, couples that are unable to negotiate their divorces out of court may be forced into the lengthy and expensive litigation process.

Court orders Mary J. Blige to pay temporary spousal support

The divorce proceedings for R&B singer Mary J. Blige have revealed her financial troubles to her fans in Michigan and around the country. Despite insisting that her prenuptial agreement with her estranged husband specified that spousal support would not be paid in the event that the couple ended their marriage, a judge has ordered her to make temporary payments to him in the amount of $30,000 per month. This was in response to the his request for $129,319 per month.

3 reasons why 'playing nice' can backfire during divorce

One goal that many people have when they divorce is to get through the process as peacefully as possible. While that is certainly attainable for some people, others are going to have a very difficult divorce. This is particularly true in contested divorces.

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