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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. In the meantime, here is what you need to know about Read more . . .

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. If you are considering putting an end to your marriage, talk with a Michigan Read more . . .

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. If you want to do everything in your power to avoid such an experience, you might consider talking with a Read more . . .

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? Talking with an experienced Read more . . .

Monday, October 23, 2017

How to Obtain a Michigan Personal Protection Order

How to Obtain a Michigan Personal Protection Orders

Michigan courts offer you protection if someone is threatening, harassing, or harming you. You can go to court and ask the judge to order the person to stop hurting or frightening you. These orders have different names in different states. In Michigan, they are called Personal Protection Orders (PPOs). If you are in fear that someone is going to hurt you, or if you are experiencing violence at the hands of someone, you need to contact a Read more . . .

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

How is Spousal Support Determined in Michigan?

When you are going through a divorce, you need to know what to expect and how you will pay your bills moving forward after the divorce. With child support, there is some predictability, as Michigan uses a formula to calculate the amount of child support, based on the income and needs of the parties and the parenting time schedule, among other factors. There is no such formula to calculate spousal support, also called maintenance or alimony, in Michigan. If you are getting a divorce, your best bet is to work with an experienced Read more . . .

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Determining What is and What is Not Marital Property

If you are going through a divorce in Michigan, you may be worried about how the divorce will impact you financially. Divorce can be devastating to a person’s finances in both the short-term and the long-term. You will get to keep the property the court decides is your separate property, but the court will distribute the marital property between you and your spouse. This article will help you in Read more . . .

Friday, September 22, 2017

What to Consider When Negotiating for Parenting Time

You negotiate parenting time in Michigan during a divorce, a paternity action or a family support case. If you are going through one of these legal proceedings, you need to know what to consider when negotiating for parenting time. An experienced Read more . . .

Monday, August 28, 2017

My Spouse Wants a Post-Nuptial Agreement - Is This a Good Idea?

When you get married it is natural and advisable to think about what you want your marriage to look like. Even in the happiest of marriages, a spouse might want to set some things down in writing. The most important question to ask when your spouse asks you to sign a post-nuptial agreement is: WHY? There are many reasons to enter into a prenuptial agreement, but once you are married, you should question why your spouse wants to change the rules.

Make sure you understand why your spouse wants you to sign a post-nuptial agreement, and get good legal advice before you agree to anything. Under Michigan law, many post-nuptial agreements are invalid as a matter of law, for the reason that they are against public policy.
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