The reality is that many marriages end. The end can be seamless and amicable, or it can be contentious and drawn out. A Farmington Hills divorce attorney may be able to help couples create a more amicable process, while reaching fair and equitable results in the divorce settlement. Nonetheless, some Michigan couples still have a hard time seeing eye-to-eye in a divorce. In these cases, it is important to keep the fighting and controversy away from any children because divorce can have a negative impact on children.
The legal process of divorce falls under the umbrella of family law for a reason. Dissolution of marriage is, in a way, dissolution of the current family structure and the adoption of a new family structure. Numerous parties may be affected by the split, in addition to the married couple. Children of the parents are impacted; even extended family members and close friends may feel the strain of a divorce.
It's a very accurate description to refer to a divorce as a process. There are varying steps and stages. First, one party must file for divorce. Next, the parties must figure out how to divide the property and marital assets. If children are involved, child custody and child support must be decided. Couples may reach a divorce settlement on their own through an out-of-court process like mediation or they may need the assistance of the courtroom. Either way, a Michigan judge must approve the final settlement.
Every family has its share of troubles. Sometimes these troubles lead to discord and even divorce. Other times, families may stave off divorce until the other issues subside. The wife of the now infamous Detroit contractor Bobby Ferguson is opting for the former as she has filed for divorce just prior to her husband's sentencing on his criminal charges. Ferguson could face up to 28 years in prison on racketeering charges.
Although divorce may affect spouses differently, it would be trivial to say that one spouse is always more affected by the split. But for some reason, it seems that much more attention is paid to women going through a divorce and the emotional and financial struggles that women face. Men may hide their emotions and concerns but that doesn't mean they shouldn't be addressed as well.
For the most part, Michigan couples all hope that a divorce proceeds smoothly and without drama. Sometimes, however, that simply is not the case and, depending on how each party reacts to the process, heated emotions and disputes may be inevitable.
Depending on the circumstances surrounding a pending divorce, it may be hard to hide the emotional toll from family and friends. The stress surrounding the end of a marriage and other family law issues can even impact a person's work performance. This might make more sense now to Detroit baseball fans who have recently questioned the sluggish performance of first baseman Prince Fielder, only to learn that he filed for divorce this spring.
When it comes to marital issues, financial concerns are usually at the top of the list. Financial strain or arguments about money can place an enormous burden on couples. Often this burden is too much to bear and couples may opt for divorce. Strangely enough, this financial concern also carries over into the divorce process.
It's the news that no parents want to hear: a divorce may have a negative impact on their children. Parents in Michigan make the difficult decision to divorce after much contemplation as to how the split will affect their family and their children. Although parents may convince themselves that it won't affect young children as much since they are too young to remember the divorce, it appears that may not be the case.
Sometimes our tempers get the best of us. But if there ever is a time to keep emotions in check, it is during a divorce proceeding or child custody dispute.