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Wendy S. Alton

Wendy Alton’s Legal Guides

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  • Planning Ahead makes Holidays Special for Children of Divorce

    One of the most frequent questions concerns I hear as a Michigan divorce lawyer is how to share time with the children around the holidays after a divorce. This can be one of the more difficult issues to work through, particularly because each parent wants to keep their holid...

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  • Making College Expenses a Priority after Divorce

    According to a recent study, divorced parents contribute a significant amount less toward college for their children than parents that remain married. The study was discussed in a Washington Post article, and revealed that divorced parents spend nearly 1/3 less on college expense...

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  • Prenups: Not Just for Jessica Simpson

    Will Jessica Simpson insist on a prenuptial agreement (prenup) as she plans on marrying Eric Johnson? That seems to be the hot topic surrounding her life these days. Eva Longoria and Tony Parker had a prenup. George and Ann Lopez did not. Frank McCourt and his wife Jamie (owners ...

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  • Reading your Spouse’s emails: Snooping or Hacking?

    In my experience as a Northville divorce lawyer, I have seen countless instances where one suspecting spouse has read the other spouses emails, facebook entries, or text messages, discovering that their spouse was cheating on them. These emails or text messages have been brought ...

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  • The Wedding’s Off—Now Who Keeps the Engagement Ring?

    You are engaged to be married, and have either bought or received a beautiful (expensive) engagement ring. Unfortunately, something happens to destroy the pre-wedded bliss and the wedding is called off for good. If the marriage never happens, who gets the engagement ring? The ...

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  • No Common-Law Marriages in Michigan

    Common law marriage is the term for a marriage that exists solely by agreement and by cohabitation. More simply, a common-law marriage exists when two people agree to live together to be married. Common-law marriage is one of the fundamental rights that has existed in this cou...

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  • In Michigan, Fault Does Matter in a Divorce

    This is actually one of the most frequent questions I hear as a divorce attorney in Northville. It is true that Michigan is a no-fault divorce state. This means that you can file for divorce and get divorced without proving that your spouse is at fault for the divorce. Michiga...

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  • Going Through a Divorce? Marriage Counseling Can Help

    The State of North Dakota is considering a law making marriage counseling mandatory for couples who want to get divorced. This law would require couples who want to divorce to actually postpone that divorce for a year, and go through mandatory marriage counseling. The only exempt...

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  • Legal Separation v. Divorce in Michigan

    One common question that is often asked is whether or not Michigan has what is called a legal separation, allowing a married couple to legally separate, but still remain married. The simple answer is yes, but the procedure is not so simple. Michigan has a legal action entitled...

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  • Divorcing? Don't Forget the Dog

    Last week, the New Zealand Herald posted a story titled Divorced couple in court over dog custody. While the story may have been written tongue-in-cheek, it most certainly was not a joke. We often think that custody battles involve just children. However, pets are often cherished...

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