April 2018 Archives

Field sobriety tests not always accurate

Despite the stereotypes that still abound today, many very responsible and accomplished people in Michigan find themselves arrested for and accused of drunken driving. It is actually easier than one might thing to be in this position especially when you realize what an officer needs to actually place you under arrest.

Military divorce: what to expect

Because divorce is different for every separating couple, each issue that arises along the way can be unique. Depending on living situations with deployment or training, those in the military may already deal with challenging parts of life, and divorce often only adds to the stress. Going through such a major life change is both mentally and physically exhausting, but the divorce itself can run as smoothly as possible when Michigan families can better understand the process itself.  

Does SBP coverage continue after you divorce?

The retirement pay that your spouse receives from the military no doubt helps you to sustain the standard of living that you enjoy in Battle Creek. Were he or she to pass away, you may be protected from that financial loss through the military's Survivor Benefit Plan. Yet what happens to that protection if you get a divorce? 

What is a pour-over will?

If you are a Michigan resident who already has a living trust, you may wish to update your will so as to make it a pour-over will. Per FindLaw, your pour-over will generally is a short and simple document stating that your executor must pour over all of the assets you own at the time of your death into the living trust you set up during your lifetime. It is your catch-all document that applies not only to the assets already in your living trust, but also those that you may have forgotten or neglected to put in your living trust.

What Does the Court Consider When Deciding Custody?

Child custody battles are often the most difficult aspects of navigating a divorce. In this case, it’s helpful for Michigan parents to be aware of the factors commonly used to decide custody during divorce cases. The Spruce explains some things a judge will look at to determine whether custody should be awarded jointly or solely.

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