Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Preparing for Divorce

 By: Alicia M. Bianchi

Preparing for filing or responding to a divorce complaint can feel like an overwhelming process.  Here is a checklist of tasks to help navigate the process:

1. Create a list of questions to ask when you consult an attorney about the divorce process, custody, property division, child and spousal support. 

2. Gather your account statements for all financial-related accounts: bank statements, credit cards, brokerage/investment accounts, retirement plans and accounts, mortgage statements, etc.

3. Gather all documentation relating to any business in which you or your spouse may have an interest.

4. Take photographs of your personal property and create an inventory. Document expensive and/or sentimental items. 

Monday, January 11, 2021

Child Support Changes in 2021

 By: Alicia M. Bianchi

The Michigan Child Support Formula has changed effective January 1, 2021.  Here's what you need to know:

1) You will need to use the newest version of the Uniform Child Support Order, found here.

2) The amounts for ordinary medical amount have changed to the following:

3) The Formula now recognizes that a parent who becomes incapacitated is a substantial change warranting review of the existing support order (MCSF 4.02).

4) Clarifies the handling of capital gains (2.01(C)(6)) and use of straightline depreciation (2.01(E)(4)(e). 

As always, should you have any questions regarding child support, please contact our office at (313) 962-4600.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Out and About: Alicia M. Bianchi

Breitmeyer Cushman, PLLC is pleased to announce that Associate Alicia M. Bianchi was recently elected as the Secretary of the Wayne County Family Law Bar Association for the 2020-21 term.