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Men needs advice too when it comes to divorce

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.

There are a few ways that Michigan men going through a legal separation or divorce can improve the situation and make the process a little more seamless. Men should understand what a divorce may cost and understand that the price is not set in stone. There are ways to keep costs down. Couples who come to their own terms, outside of the courtroom, may only need to pay nominal filing fees. If the couple chooses to argue and bicker, then lots of time and money can be spent on lawyers, mediators and court fees.

There may be unexpected costs as well. Families with large assets may have to spend additional money for valuation of those assets, like a business entity. Expenses like this may be a necessary evil in order to determine the true value of the marital property.

Men should also remember to keep their pride in check. Don’t begrudge your spouse for asking for alimony. Although these payments may seem unfair at the time, there is a legitimate public policy reason to give monetary aide to the spouse who was financially supported during the marriage. And alimony payments are tax-deductible. On the same note, men shouldn’t be too proud to collect spousal support. Life after divorce can be expensive since costs are no longer shared. Men should create a budge for life after divorce and realize that spousal support may be necessary to make ends meet if only for a short time.

Source: Forbes, “What Every Man Needs To Know About The Financial Side Of Divorce,” Hayley Krischer, Sept. 27, 2013