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Friday, September 25, 2020

Three Things To Know About Stepparent Adoptions In Michigan


When the spouse of a custodial parent adopts the parent’s child, the court process they use is stepparent adoption. Stepparent adoption in Michigan can happen after the biological parents get a divorce. If the biological parents never were married, a stepparent adoption can also be an option. A


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Tuesday, September 15, 2020

How Do I Change Custody of My Child in Michigan?


Just because the divorce is over does not meant that custody and parenting time cannot change.  Custody is modifiable so long as the child remains a minor.  It is very difficult to change the custody of a child and it may require several appearances in court before the judge will consider modifying custodial arrangements.  While parenting time is easier to modify, it is still very difficult if the other parent is not willing to cooperate in any manner.  Attempting to make such changes can be overwhelming, and you should seek help from a Read more . . .


Thursday, September 3, 2020

What Is the Michigan Divorce Process Like?


Going through a divorce is a stressful time. It can relieve some of your anxiety if you know what the Michigan divorce process is like.* Sometimes, fear of the unknown is worse than the thing itself. A


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

5 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting After a Divorce


Raising children can be difficult enough when you are married. Co-parenting after divorce can be much more challenging. You might have to deal with your former spouse’s new significant other. You could still have hurt feelings and anger. Financial struggles are common after divorce.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

When Can I Appeal a Ruling During My Divorce?


The vast majority of appeals get filed shortly after the divorce is over, but sometimes it is necessary to appeal a judge’s ruling while the case is still pending. This type of appeal is called an interlocutory appeal. The


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Saturday, August 15, 2020

How Are Student Loans Handled in a Divorce in Michigan?


There are many issues that people face when it comes to divorce or separation including custody, parenting time and alimony but almost every case involves the division of property and debt. Student loans are handled as part of the property division that must take place in almost every divorce.

How Does a Court Divide Debt Between Parties?

The law regarding division of debt is very similar to the law regarding division of property.  When it comes to dividing debt, most debt, regardless of which party accumulated that debt will be considered marital debt.  Marital debt is divided in a roughly equal manner between the parties.


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Monday, August 10, 2020

How Does Being the Working Parent Affect My Custody Rights?

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Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can My Spouse Get a Share of My Lawsuit Proceeds in a Divorce?


If a person is not able to handle their affairs or is deemed legally incompetent, then in most cases, the court will appoint a guardian to handle that person's affairs.  The guardian then can make decisions on that person's behalf for medical care, living arrangements and basically all of the person's affairs.  Because I am a divorce lawyer, a friend consulted me about having one of his client's get divorced because it would benefit the family as far as types of truly needed assistance that could be available to help this client.  The husband and the wife were not living together because the husband was in a nursing home suffering from alzheimer's, the wife was not capable of caring for him and the court appointed the son as his guardian.    

Can a Person Deemed Mentally Incompetent Get Divorced?

There are some situations where it is helpful for a person to get divorced because it will allow them to obtain needed government benefits that can assist with their living expenses and necessities that the person cannot qualify for when married.


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Friday, July 31, 2020

What's the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody in Michigan?


Child custody arrangements can present specific challenges and bring into question your rights as a parent, even in the most amicable circumstances. Meeting the needs of a child, satisfy the wants of each parent, and legally comply with Michigan’s child custody laws can feel overwhelming, and you may need help from a Michigan child custody attorney.


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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Can a Person With an Appointed Guardian Get Divorced?


If a person is not able to handle their affairs or is deemed legally incompetent, then in most cases, the court will appoint a guardian to handle that person's affairs.  The guardian then can make decisions on that person's behalf for medical care, living arrangements and basically all of the person's affairs.  Because I am a divorce lawyer, a friend consulted me about having one of his client's get divorced because it would benefit the family as far as types of truly needed assistance that could be available to help this client.  The husband and the wife were not living together because the husband was in a nursing home suffering from alzheimer's, the wife was not capable of caring for him and the court appointed the son as his guardian.    

Can a Person Deemed Mentally Incompetent Get Divorced?

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Monday, July 20, 2020

The Ultimate Guide To A Successful Divorce In Michigan


Michigan residents seeking a divorce should retain a skilled Michigan divorce attorney to represent them. While there are do-it-yourself options, the complexities of divorce invariably raise questions that generally demand legal expertise.


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