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Thursday, April 26, 2018

Fault and Divorce in Michigan: Part One - Infidelity

When handling divorce matters, the issue of fault often comes up.  In Michigan, by statute, there are many types of fault that the court may consider when dividing property or awarding alimony.  The primary type of fault that most people think of when it comes to the topic of divorce is infidelity.

 


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Thursday, March 29, 2018

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Step-Parent Adoption in Michigan


Families in America are increasingly becoming blended families of various compositions. According to The Step Family Foundation, there are approximately 1,300 new stepfamilies formed each day in the United States and over one-half of the families in our country are re-coupled or remarried.
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Thursday, March 29, 2018

What is a Property Settlement Agreement?


When spouses decide to end their marriage, many issues must be addressed. For example, if the parties have children, questions related to custody, Read more . . .


Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I Can't Pay Alimony


What Happens if I Can’t Pay Alimony?

Alimony, or spousal support, is used to allow one spouse a means to maintain the lifestyle that he or she had during the marriage. When one party’s income or property cannot support him or her properly after a divorce, alimony will often be awarded. There is no specific method to determine spousal support; every case is different. Thankfully, once you establish an alimony amount, it is not set in stone. You may be able to change it if you have a change in circumstances.
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

How to Enforce Child Support

How Do I Enforce Child Support Orders?

Being awarded child support is helpful, but being able to collect it is even more beneficial. When the other parent refuses to pay child support, it can have a severe detrimental impact on you and your children.
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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

What Does a Judge Consider Before Modifying Child Custody Orders?


Child custody orders are not written in stone in Michigan. They are living documents that the judge can change when appropriate. If you are facing the possibility of changing the parenting plan in your case, you might be wondering what a judge considers before modifying child custody orders.

The Legal Standard for Reconsidering the Existing Custody Order

Unless it is a temporary order, the judge is not allowed to consider modifying the existing child custody order unless she can identify either proper cause or a change in circumstances.
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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Top 5 Ways You Can Screw Up Your Child Custody Case


Going through a child custody battle can bring out the worst in people, but you do not want to make stupid mistakes during this short-lived time that will hurt your long-term custody time with your child. To help you avoid this regrettable situation, here are the top 5 ways you can screw up your child custody case.


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Sunday, December 31, 2017

What You Need to Know About Step-Parent Adoptions

You have married someone who has children from a prior relationship, and you have created a family. You would like to make it official by adopting your spouse’s children. The legal process for this is a step-parent adoption. You should understand the legal ramifications before taking this step, so, talking with an experienced step-parent adoption lawyer is important.
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Friday, December 29, 2017

Top Six Reasons to File for Legal Separation

Legal separation (called “separate maintenance” in Michigan), is a divorce alternative that few people use. When you get a legal separation, you are still legally married. Neither of you is free to marry someone else. In some situations, however, a legal separation can meet at least some of the needs of a couple that wants to end their relationship but not get a divorce.


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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Is Mediation Right for Our Divorce?

If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, you might be wondering about your options. You have seen friends or relatives go through toxic divorces that permanently destroyed relationships and hurt people deeply.


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Sunday, November 19, 2017

How Do Judges Determine Child Visitation Orders?

If you have children and you anticipate a divorce, you might be worried about how much time you will have with the children. Parenting time is one of the greatest challenges for family court judges. As King Solomon asked, “How can you split up a child?” There is no simple way to divide a child between two people, which begs the question --- How do judges determine child visitation orders?


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