Michigan couples who file for divorce in January are not alone. While researchers at the University of Washington have determined that March and August are the two most popular months for divorces, a significant increase in filings tend to happen immediately after the new year begins.
Family law attorneys in Michigan and around the country report a spike in calls about divorce following summer vacation and the holiday season. It seems that people who have been undecided about their marriage up to that point may have made a final effort to save it and failed if the holidays or vacation were unpleasant. People can make preparations for divorce even if they are still undecided about moving ahead with it.
Individuals in Michigan who are approaching or going through divorce during the holiday season already know how difficult such a process can be, and how the difficulty can be exacerbated by the holiday festivities around us. Indeed, divorcing during the holidays can have a lasting impact on the individuals involved, including the children as well as the spouses. Children may have to endure bouncing between households for years going forward due to the terms of the Parenting Agreement that results after divorce.
For Michigan residents and others, getting a divorce can be both emotionally and financially draining. To increase the odds of recovering both financially and emotionally from a divorce, it may be a good idea to lean on a support system. In most cases, this will include friends, family and an attorney. It also may include a trusted CPA or other financial professionals. Those who lack a team of professionals may be best served by assembling one before getting divorced.
People in Michigan who are struggling with whether or not they should try to stay married for the sake of their children should think about several things. There are reasons that might support going ahead with divorces and others that might warrant further consideration.
Michigan couples may look avidly for a way to avoid a divorce and repair a marriage that is no longer intact. In some cases, the partners are parents and want to preserve a shared home for their children. In other cases, they may simply be dedicated to counseling or making changes in order to keep a commitment that they intended to last for life. These changes can make a real difference for many couples, who then go on to find renewed happiness in their marriage. However, for others, divorce may be the easier and happier option for both partners' future happiness and romantic success.
The national divorce rate average hovers around 35 percent of all marriages. However, a study using 2015 data from the American Community Survey suggests that some married couples in Michigan are more likely to get divorced than others. One factor that plays a significant role in determining whether a couple stays together is the spouses' occupations.
Alimony is often ordered in Michigan divorce cases when one spouse has been the primary wage earner throughout the marriage. If alimony is ordered or agreed upon, the payments may be tax deductible. However, the orders or agreements must adhere to the parameters outlined by the Internal Revenue Service.
Prenuptial agreements have become far more common in Michigan and around the country in recent years according to a 2016 survey from the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. The association's members say that requests for prenuptial agreements have increased by 61 percent over the last three years, but they also point out that the reasons given by couples for wanting one have changed.
Michigan residents may be surprised to learn that what spouses do for a living can influence their chances of remaining married. Researchers from the career information company Zippia used data from the U.S. Census Bureau to track divorce rates among various occupations, and they found that working in the military can be hard on married life. Military jobs took the top three places in Zippia's ranking of occupations with the highest risk of divorce by the age of 30, and first-line enlisted supervisors topped the list with a divorce rate of 30 percent. First-line enlisted supervisors lead and coordinate combat operations.