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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

How is Spousal Support Determined in Michigan?

When going through a divorce, people are usually concerned about the future. Will they be financially ruined by the divorce? Will they have enough means to live on and pay their bills? Will they receive or have to pay alimony? How is spousal support determined in Michigan?

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Sunday, July 23, 2017

Should You Mediate Your Divorce?

When we think about divorce, the image of two angry, bickering spouses often comes to mind. The fact of the matter is, many divorcing couples are able to behave in a civil manner and are more interested in moving on than in making each others’ lives a living hell. In those cases, talking with a Read more . . .

Friday, June 30, 2017

Our Son Is Going Through a Bitter Divorce and We Are Afraid of Not Seeing Our Grandchildren - What Are Grandparents’ Rights in Michigan?

Nobody wants to see a marriage end, especially when the relationship is beyond repair and children are involved. Grandparents occupy a unique space during a divorce, serving as a supportive and loving place for children and grandchildren alike. In some cases though, one divorcing spouse may exercise such control over the children that grandparents may fear losing touch with their grandchildren. In these cases, it is helpful to discuss the situation with an experienced Read more . . .

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Our Kids Are Growing Up. Can We Modify Our Custody Order?

Our Kids Are Growing Up. Can We Modify Our Custody Order?

One of the greatest joys of having children is watching them grow and thrive. As children grow, however, they need things around them to change in order to fit their new abilities and roles—everything from new shoes to fit their feet to new custody arrangements to fit their schedules and growing sense of independence.

While a child custody order sets rules for your co-parenting of your children, it is not set in stone. The order can be changed to reflect the changing nature of your growing children and your family.
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Looking to Calculate Child Support? Michigan Just Made it Easier…

Calculating child support can be a daunting task. Under the law, the calculation must take into account both parents’ income and expenses, as well as various other factors relating to the child’s unique financial needs (e.
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Friday, May 12, 2017

FAQ About the Appeals Process in Michigan

An unfavorable ruling on the trial court level is not necessarily the end of the case. Fortunately, the Michigan court system is designed to allow for judicial review of lower court orders, and reversal is possible under certain circumstances.

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Thinking of Moving the Kids Out-of-State?: What you need to know about relocation in Michigan

As a general principle, parents have a fundamental right to direct the upbringing of their children – including where they will live and with whom. However, when a custody order is in place and/or one parent objects to the possible relocation of the children with the other parent, this fundamental right becomes restricted in certain ways. In today’s post, we explore the notion of parental relocation in Michigan, including the limitations, duties and parameters set by the law as pertaining to divorced or separated parents wishing to move out-of-state or abroad. As always, if you have a question about this highly-nuanced area of the law, do not hesitate to contact us today!

Relocation basics

Under Section 722.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017

Understanding Michigan’s Rapist Child Custody Law

The law was passed in late 2015, and enacted mid-year 2016. Its purpose? To close a frightening legal loophole in the state’s custody code that could technically allow a rapist to pursue visitation and/or custody with the product of the sexual assault -- i.
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Friday, March 24, 2017

Child Custody Basics for Never-Married Co-Parents

According to data collected by the Pew Research Center, over 46 percent of children nationwide were living in an arrangement other than the “traditional” family structure – defined as two parents, both of whom were in their first marriage. Consequently, approximately 34 percent of children are living in homes with a single parent, while 4 percent of children live in homes with both parents who are unmarried but cohabitating.

What does this mean from a

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

FAQ About Gaining Visitation Rights as a Grandparent

According to a 2012 study published by the Journal of Family Issues, grandparents play an ever-increasing role in the lives of young grandchildren in the United States. The study pointed to factors like increasing lifespans, changing family dynamics and increased financial security among older Americans as underlying reasons for the growth in intergenerational bonds – along with geographic proximity and frequent interaction.

When it comes to interaction with grandchildren, some families have experienced great strains –

particularly if parents are reluctant to allow frequent contact due to extensive interpersonal issues between the parents and in-laws/grandparents. The following answers a few general questions about grandparent visitation in Michigan, and please be sure to follow up with an experienced Michigan family law attorney today!

FAQ #1: Can any grandparent petition for visitation at any time?

Not necessarily. Under Section 722.

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Parties Cannot Waive Statute in Prenuptial Agreement in Michigan

Prenuptial agreements or "prenups", are very useful for financial planning when parties are entering into a marriage.  This is particularly true when it is a second marriage, either party has children from a previous marriage, either party (or his/her family) has significant assets, either party has significant debts or either party is a business owner (or involved in a family business).  Case law has established that prenuptial agreements are binding and enforceable in Michigan.

To understand the issue I am about to discuss, it is necessary to give a brief background on divorce and property law.  Very simply speaking, the court will equally divide marital property but each party is typically awarded his or her own separate property.
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