Get a Prenup. Save your gold.
A prenup can be worth a pound of gold or more. Alimony is alive and well in Michigan and it can be expensive. It hurts rich men, poor men, young men and old men. In some cases it worse for poor men than for rich men because despite the law requiring that a man have the ability to pay it, judges often require men of modest means to support their ex-wives. The best way to avoid alimony, a prenup. As the old saying goes, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. Prenups are not very expensive and they are a lot cheaper than alimony. Protect your gold.
There is an article in the Huffington Post that proposes a marriage warning label. Here is the post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/william-quigley/a-modest-proposal-why-can_b_982566.html. While this article does not help most of our clients, it is a worthwhile idea.
Inability to Get Along: Change of Custody?
Recently, the Court of Appeals found that parents' inability to get along and agree with respect to their children was sufficient grounds to review a custody order. Constant disagreements between parents that negatively impact children are generally not taken lightly by the court. As we have previously posted, it is often onerous for a parent to request a modification of custody once it has been established by a court order.
Negotiating With Your Wife
Almost everyone would prefer to have an amicable divorce assuming they can get what they want out of it. Many of our clients also believe they can do well negotiating directly with their wives and some do. Negotiation is a skill and doing it well requires strategy.