March 2018 Archives

Get the whole financial picture during a divorce

High-asset divorce in Michigan is rarely simple, but there are certain things that we find complicate the process unnecessarily. After all, you do not want to take a bad situation and make it even worse. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we find that the best approach is to strike a balance between representing our clients' individual interests and completing the process as soon as possible. 

What to know about Michigan’s repeat DUI & OWI offender laws

As you might imagine, if authorities pull you over in Michigan and subsequently charge you with drinking and driving, the penalties you may face typically increase in severity if you received a similar conviction within a given period. At Vandervoort, Christ & Fisher, P.C., we recognize the negative impact repeat driving under the influence or operating while intoxicated convictions can have on your life, and we have helped many clients facing such charges defend their rights and seek the most favorable outcome possible.

The nightmare of parental abduction is real

Anyone who has ever dealt with the abduction of their children by a non-custodial family member, e.g., the child's other parent or extended family members, can attest to the seriousness of the situation. You fear being separated from your children through the rest of their all-too-brief childhood years and have no control over the lies the kids are told to explain your sudden absence from their lives.

Strong emotions and the divorce process

All sorts of challenges can come up when someone works through the divorce process, from financial concerns about the distribution of property or child support to the time they lose dealing with legal issues. However, one of the most difficult aspects of divorce for some people is the strong emotional impact that splitting up with a spouse can have—and the divorce process in general. If you are struggling with strong emotions during your divorce, or worry that this will become an issue, it is pivotal to look for ways to reduce the emotional impact of divorce and move forward.

Dividing a 401k equally

For those in Battle Creek that are preparing for divorce proceedings, among the most pressing issues they must deal with is comprehending which of their assets will be subject to property division. Typically, one of the more valuable assets that divorcing couples share are the funds available through retirement savings accounts (such as a 401k). Some might question the use of the word "share" in this context given that most view a 401k as an individual asset one earns through his or her employment. Yet any assets accrued into a 401k during a marriage are indeed considered to be marital property

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