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What can I do to drink responsibly during the holidays?

If you plan on attending a holiday celebration in Michigan, chances are alcohol will be involved. Knowing who to drink responsibly is crucial in this case, both for yourself and other party-goers.  Drinking and driving can get you in trouble with the law and it can also lead to a devastating accident. In this case, the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol Responsibility offers the following advice.

All drivers should be aware of the legal limit. If you’re stopped by law enforcement and undergo a breathalyzer test, a blood alcohol content greater than 0.08% is considered a crime. However, it can be difficult to tell how many drinks it takes to get to this level. In fact, there are many different factors that can contribute to a person’s inebriation.

What happens if I have a secret account?

When you plan to divorce in Michigan, you may think about opening a secret account to stash away some money that your spouse cannot touch. While this sounds like a good idea and a good way to safeguard against being left with no money if your spouse decides to empty the bank accounts, it can end up a huge mistake.

According to Forbes, if you hide money that the court decides is marital property, you could face serious penalties. Hiding assets is not something court takes lightly and could cause you a lot of issues during the divorce. However, you can have a secret account that is legal if you follow a simple guideline.

Do you want a fresh start this New Year by getting a divorce?

The end of the year and the beginning of the new one are always a time for personal reflection and planning. Regardless of what occurred for you and your family in 2018, you likely have hopes and dreams for a better 2019.

For some people, plans for the future may include developing a weight loss regimen or committing to paying off their credit card debt. For others, the New Year can bring a desire for a fresh start, which may mean that divorce is in your future. The holiday season is full of stress, and it can highlight exactly how unhealthy your relationship with your spouse has become.

How the 20/20/20 rule affects military benefits of former spouses

If you are a military spouse considering a divorce in Michigan, you may have heard about the 20/20/20 rule but be unclear about how it affects your benefits and those of your children. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we understand the issues that may arise in these unique circumstances.

According to Military Benefits, the 20/20/20 rule addresses the requirements to receive military benefits in the event of a divorce. Eligible ex-spouses can keep their military ID card and retain all associated benefits. This includes access to Commissary facilities, military discounts at businesses that offer them, Base Exchanges and TRICARE.

What are some ways to deal with family conflict?

Now that the holiday season is finally here, many families in Michigan are facing a great deal of stress when it comes to gatherings. This is especially true for couples who’ve recently undergone a divorce, who may experience issues with scheduling, as well as a great likelihood of family conflict. While you can’t always prevent interpersonal battles over the holidays, offers the following tips to help mitigate them.

Be realistic about family relationships

Drunk driving and Thanksgiving

As Michigan residents prepare for Thanksgiving, they may think about their holiday menu and guest list. One thing they may not consider is drunk driving. As the holiday season draws nearer, though, it is important for people to think about drunk driving.

Thanksgiving witnesses more impaired driving accidents than many people may realize. According to The Drive, over 800 people died during the holiday weekend after being in a collision with a drunk driver between 2012 and 2016. Additionally, the U.S. Department of Transportation has said that many people begin drinking the day before Thanksgiving. This means that people need to be careful whether they drive across town or across the state to visit family.

How can I effectively discipline my child post-divorce?

Divorced parents in Michigan may find shared custody arrangements challenging. While it is thought to be the best solution for a child’s development, things like discipline can be complex when exes can’t come to an agreement. That’s why offers the following tips on how you can discipline your child after divorce.

Don’t treat your child as a victim

What steps should you take to disinherit someone?

There are a number of reasons why someone planning their estate may want to exclude a specific family member from their last will, trust or estate plan. One reason could be that the heir in question has a history of spendthrift habits or addiction.

Issues with all kinds of addiction, from drugs to gambling, can cost thousands of dollars. Someone with an addiction who inherits a large amount of money could use that financial windfall to binge.

Naming an executor for your will

Part of creating a plan for your estate and your future will require you to work with individuals you know and trust who will help oversee that your plan is executed the way you intend for it to be. While you can do a lot to clarify how you want your assets distributed, it is imperative that you inform at least someone who can make your vision a reality. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we have helped many people in Michigan to create, modify and finalize their estate plans. 

An executor has the primary responsibility of making sure that your will is executed the way you have designated previously. As such, it is crucial that you delegate this responsibility to someone you trust and who has your best interests as their priority. 

How can I protect my business during a divorce?

Your business could be at risk if you wind up getting divorced. For instance, you may be required to split earnings with your ex, or you might even lose full control of your business if your former spouse is able to claim part ownership. Inc. offers the following information to business owners in Michigan to ensure their most valuable assets remains protected.

Implement a prenuptial agreement

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