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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Can I Change Custody of My Children in Michigan?


There are two types of custody in Michigan, legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody refers to decision making for the children such as religious upbringing, where the children attend school and immunizations.  Physical custody refers to with whom the children reside or spend more time.  Changing either type of custody in Michigan is difficult and often requires considerable litigation.

The Law Regarding Modification of Custody

The statutes or laws about changing custody are designed to minimize unwarranted and disruptive changes in children’s custody.


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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Alimony in Gross Vs. Periodic alimony in Michigan


This blog is about alimony.  In Michigan, we call it spousal support but it is the same thing.  There are different types of alimony that one might pursue in a divorce.  A 
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

How Your Michigan Divorce Case Can Affect Your Taxes Right Now and Moving Forward


Divorce affects almost every area of your life, including your tax obligations. For some couples who have maintained virtually separate financial lives during their marriage, a divorce may not have a significant impact on their taxes. However, for the average couple who combines their finances when they get married, a divorce could have several significant tax consequences. Before changing anything, consult a
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Saturday, August 31, 2019

When Dividing Property in a Divorce, Does the Court Have to Consider Tax Consequences?


There are many issues that one might face in a divorce, including but not limited to: custody, visitation, child support and alimony or spousal support.  However property division and division of debt are involved in almost every case.  This includes such things as the marital home, personal property, bank accounts and other tangible assets.  It also includes retirement accounts and pensions as well.  Assets like retirement accounts and pensions will require the spouse who withdraws the money to pay taxes on those funds before he or she gets the money, other assets do not have this tax issue.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

How Long Does the Divorce Process Take?


For some couples, it could take much longer to get a divorce than it did to plan the wedding and get married. Many factors impact the timeline for the divorce process in Michigan. Working with a
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Friday, August 23, 2019

What Is a No-Fault Divorce?


No-fault refers to whether a “ground” is required to obtain a divorce. Each state enacts laws that define the requirements for obtaining a divorce in that state. It is important to understand the divorce laws before proceeding to protect your best interests during the entire divorce process. A Michigan divorce attorney can help you by explaining Michigan divorce laws, including no-fault divorces.

What are the Grounds for Divorce in Michigan?

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state.
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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

How Do Retirement Funds or Pensions Get Split in a Divorce?


When a person gets divorced in Michigan there are often many issues that may include alimony, child custody, parenting time and child support but almost every case requires a division of property and debt.  When dividing property; the court will first determine whether the property is marital or separate.  Marital property will be subject to a roughly equal division, while separate property will remain the sole property of the spouse that owns the separate property.  Classification of property can be confusing. A 
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Monday, August 5, 2019

The Impact of Parental Divorce on the Children’s Future Marriages


Q: Do children of divorce get divorced more often than children of intact marriages?


Couples considering getting divorced in North Oakland, Michigan or elsewhere understand that the divorce will be difficult on their minor children and likely expect initial transition difficulties. The disruption in their kids’ normal routine and going from one household to two – especially if it impacts their current school and social activities— could have a significant long-term negative impact.


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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Grandparents’ Rights in Michigan


Q: Can grandparents get visitation rights or be granted custody?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, and you have minor children, working out the physical and legal custody of the children can become contentious. At stake is not only how much physical time the child will live with each parent but also the degree of legal custody each parent will have.


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Monday, July 29, 2019

Domestic Violence and Divorce - How You Can Protect Yourself


Leaving an abusive relationship can be one of the best decisions you can make. However, you need to protect yourself before, during, and after the divorce from domestic violence. Telling an abusive spouse that you want a divorce could make the situation more dangerous. A
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Thursday, July 25, 2019

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce - What You Need to Know


Michigan is considered a no-fault state for divorce matters. In no-fault states, parties can obtain a divorce without proving grounds or “fault.” For instance, in some states, you must prove one or more grounds for the divorce, such as adultery, abuse, or abandonment. In Michigan, you only need to state that you want to end the marriage to obtain a divorce.

Even though Michigan does not require grounds for a divorce, that does not mean that all divorces are uncontested.
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