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How to Prepare for a High-Conflict Divorce in Michigan

Posted on in Divorce

Farmington Hills Divorce AttorneyThe term “high-conflict divorce” may initially seem redundant. After all, a couple would not be seeking a divorce if the marriage did not involve a significant amount of conflict. However, some divorce cases are much more contentious than others.

To end your marriage, you and your spouse will need to decide how to divide real estate, vehicles, bank account balances, and other assets. If you have children, you will need to develop a parenting plan that allocates parental responsibilities and parenting time. You may also need to address additional issues like spousal support. If you and your soon-to-be-ex disagree about the terms of your divorce and are unable to discuss these issues productively and rationally, you may be in store for a high-conflict divorce. Fortunately, there are things you can do to prepare.

Work With a Divorce Attorney Skilled in High-Conflict Divorce Cases

Just like other professionals, no two divorce attorneys are alike. When choosing a divorce lawyer to represent you, it is important to select an attorney capable of successfully handling a high-conflict divorce. Make sure your lawyer has sufficient experience in negotiations as well as litigation. Ideally, your divorce case will resolve through an out-of-court settlement, but you should make sure your lawyer also has the experience and knowledge needed to represent you during a trial if necessary.   

Gather Important Financial Information

In the majority of high-conflict cases, finances are the root of the conflict. Your spouse may try to hide assets or lie about his or her income to manipulate the divorce outcome. He or she may try to evade spousal maintenance or child support responsibilities or claim more than his or her fair share of the marital estate. One thing you can do to start preparing for a high-conflict divorce is to gather important financial documents such as pay stubs, tax returns, business documents, credit card statements, deeds, bank statements, and insurance policies.

Build a Support System

Divorce is known for being one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through. High-conflict divorce can be even more demanding. An important part of preparing for your divorce is gathering the emotional support you need. Some divorcing spouses work with a divorce coach. Others attend weekly therapy sessions where they can vent their frustrations and ensure that the information stays confidential. Still, others lean on trusted friends and family. Set up a support system now so that when things become overwhelming, you have someone to turn to.

Contact a Novi High-Conflict Divorce Lawyer

At Elkouri Heath, PLC, we provide skilled legal representation and tenacious advocacy for individuals going through a high-conflict divorce. Call our Farmington Hills divorce attorneys at 248-344-9700 and set up your free consultation to learn more.

Source:

https://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/ilcs4.asp?DocName=075000050HPt%2E+IV&ActID=2086&ChapterID=59&SeqStart=3900000&SeqEnd=5400000

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