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There are lots of reasons to stay married even when the relationship is not going well.  However, there are risks to staying in too long.  Here are some reasons.

1) Your spouse is more likely to steal

2) Both of you are more likely to be unfaithful

3) Longer marriages can lead to longer spousal support

4) Trust dissipates

5) Domestic violence is more likely

6) The level of animosity may increase

7) Your spouse may be waiting to start a divorce when circumstances favor her and not you.

Shaw Law Group attorneys fight battles that could have been avoided.  If you are considering divorce meet with us so that we can help you avoid these and the other pitfalls of divorce.



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In this recent New York Times article titled "In a Divorce, Who Gets Custody of Electronic Data? The Lawyers" potential divorce clients are warned about putting embarrassing personal information about themselves on their computers.  It is also important to remember that being aggressive with an electronic investigation of your spouse may create a real advantage.


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  • WHAT is mediation? – Mediation in divorce and custody cases is a meeting between the plaintiff, defendant, and a mediator.  It can be used to resolve all issues including custody, support and property division.
  • WHEN should it be done? – Mediation can be done before or after filing and even after the case is over if new issues arise.
  • WHO should do it? - The Mediator Matters! The mediator is a neutral person that tries to find issues that can be resolved by agreement or compromise. Most of the time, the mediator’s role is not to pass judgment on a party’s legal argument or to decided what is true and what is not true.
  • WHAT can your lawyer do to make sure that you get the best result possible at mediation?  Your lawyer can make sure you are prepared, you are protected, you have selected the right mediator and that you have selected the right time in the case to utilize it.

The ADAM attorneys at Shaw Law Group routinely use mediation to get their clients fair resolutions to their divorce and custody matters. Please call 616-827-ADAM to see if your case would benefit from the use of mediation.


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We frequently are asked if it is best to wait and let one’s spouse file the divorce first. There are many considerations we look at before making a recommendation but there is one reason that can strongly suggest that filing first would be beneficial. That reason is EX-PARTE Orders.

Ex-parte orders are orders the court enters without notice to the other party. The court can use this power to set custody, parenting time, and restraints on the use of assets including cars, homes, bank accounts and business assets. These orders are more common at the beginning of cases because it is more difficult to make contact with an unrepresented party.

The person that files first has two advantages. First, the person that files has the first opportunity to ask the court for an ex-parte order. Second, the court is less likely to issue an order against the person that filed first. This is particularly true when the person that files first is represented by an attorney.

If you fear that your spouse may do something drastic that will damage you or if you think your spouse is out to be as aggressive as possible, you should strongly consider the use of an ex-parte order. The ADAM attorneys at SHAW LAW GROUP can help you evaluate your case and determine your best course of action. Call us at 616 817-2326.

Shaw Law Group, PLC

As soon as you know you are facing a divorce or a criminal charge, you should seek competent counsel immediately. It may only require a quick call to an experienced lawyer at Shaw Law Group, PLC at (616) 827-ADAM (2326). Our attorneys focus on men's rights, and can help you determine if there are steps that you should take right away to protect your interests in any family law or criminal matter.

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Grand Rapids 
77 Monroe Center NW, Suite 507
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

(616) 827-ADAM (2326)

5955 W. Main
Kalamazoo, MI 49009

(269) 301-2326