Most Michigan residents have a basic understanding of Social Security, or at least realize that Social Security payments come out of every paycheck that they earn. The benefits of paying into the Social Security system often do not come until later in life when a person has reached retirement age. If people are relying to a certain extent on these benefits to help during retirement, it is important to understand how a divorce may impact the expected amounts.
Ending a marriage is a different experience for every couple. Some couples divorce with grace and understanding, while others are simply not able to put their disagreements aside for the purpose of reaching an amicable settlement. And apparently even our Michigan politicians and lawmakers are susceptible to this emotional downfall.
When a married couple decides to separate there are many things to consider, including child support, child custody and division of assets and property. Marital property divided during a divorce can include almost anything, from homes to cars to retirement accounts. As assets are divided, so are marital debts.
There is often a lot of discussion about the state of marriage in the U.S. in this day and age. Numbers are frequently thrown about, especially the statistic that says half of all marriages end in divorce. Some say that the divorce rate has started to decline, starting in the 1980s but a new study recently released says otherwise.
Michigan residents may recognize reality TV star Porsha Williams from her role on the "Real Housewives of Atlanta." Or Michigan residents may instead recognize her ex-husband, Kordell Stuart, from his time in the NFL with the Pittsburgh Steelers. The couple just ended a bitter divorce and the most recent news apparently says that Williams did not get much from the marriage.
No matter how old two spouses are or how long they have been married, either one may have thoughts about ending the marriage. Michigan residents may know the concept as "graying of divorce" when couples who are over the age of 50 decide to call it quits on their marriage. The divorce rate in this particular demographic has increased more than two-fold since 1990.
For many Michigan couples, February is the month of love and Valentine's Day celebrations. But the timing of Valentine's Day may be quite unfortunate. The first two months of the year, including February, is also one of the busiest times for divorce inquiries.
When Michigan families choose to adopt, there are a number of different routes to take. International adoption is one of the options available, and since 1999 U.S. families have adopted over 240,000 foreign-born children. International adoptions give these families and the children they take in a chance for new beginnings.
Certain situations and circumstances bring out the best in people. Unfortunately, divorce may not be one of those times. No matter how much Michigan couples try to be mature and level-headed, emotions run high during divorce and civility may go right out the window.
No one wants to live with regrets. Unfortunately, parents who go through a martial separation seem to share a similar regret. Michigan parents should keep this in mind if they are considering divorce.