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Tuesday, December 1, 2020

How Do You Get a Prenuptial Agreement?


Getting a prenuptial agreement that will stand up in court is a multi-step process in Michigan. These agreements, also called antenuptial agreements, control what will happen to the assets of the two people who are about to get married if the marriage terminates by divorce, separation, or annulment, or when one of the spouses dies.

A prenuptial agreement is a contract, so it requires the same elements as any other contract, like agreeing to the terms, having signatures, and an absence of things like duress. In addition, Michigan law sets out requirements unique to prenuptial agreements. A


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Tuesday, November 24, 2020

What Happens If I Cannot Afford an Attorney to Get Custody of my Child?


When you need legal help to get or keep custody of your child, you might be worried about how you will pay the legal fees for the court battle. Depending on the issues of your custody dispute and how litigious the other parent is, the cost of fighting your child’s other parent could be substantial.

Michigan law does not force you to hire a lawyer to advocate for you, but


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Wednesday, November 18, 2020

How Much Does a Legal Separation Cost in Michigan?


Sometimes people think about getting a legal separation because they think it will cost less than a divorce, but in reality, a legal separation can cost as much as or more than a divorce. Every case is different, so the costs will vary, based on factors like whether you and your spouse have already resolved your issues amicably or if you will have a knock-down-drag-out trial. A


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Wednesday, November 11, 2020

How Much Will My Michigan Divorce Cost?


The cost of your divorce will depend on several factors, like how complicated your situation is and whether you and your spouse can resolve your differences amicably. Even in a non-contested divorce, you will have court fees. Attorney fees can vary widely. Some people try to act as their own lawyer, but many end up having to spend money to clean up their mistakes. A


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Wednesday, November 4, 2020

What Are the Top 5 Causes of Divorce?


Couples file for divorce for many reasons. However, some reasons are more common than other reasons. Regardless of the reason for the divorce, it is always a good idea to consult with a


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How Do Annulments Work?


It is more difficult to get an annulment than a divorce in Michigan because an annulment is a legal process that “cancels” a marriage or treats it as if it never happened. After getting an annulment, either party can truthfully say that, as to that relationship, they never were married.

Because of this additional outcome, Michigan, like other states, only allows annulments in a few, limited situations. A


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

What Happens With the Pets In a Divorce?


There are many very serious issues that one may face in a divorce that may have a significant impact on their family and finances.  However, there are also many other details that one must address in a divorce matter that range from the mundane to the more important.  One issue that often comes up is what to do with the pet dog or cat.

Pets are often beloved family members in the modern American home and there are several ways that one may handle the situation.  Technically, pets are considered property and have no rights themselves unlike children for whom the court must make an in depth analysis about what is in the child's best interests if the parents disagree.


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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

How Can I Divorce My Spouse When They Don't Want a Divorce?


Your spouse cannot stop you from getting a divorce in Michigan. You do not have to get your spouse’s consent or prove marital misconduct because Michigan has no-fault divorce. No matter how much your spouse wants to stay married, you do not have to remain in the marriage. A Michigan divorce attorney can help you get a divorce so that you can move forward with your life.

No-Fault Divorce in Michigan

No-fault divorce does not require witnesses to provide grounds for the judge to dissolve the marriage.


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Wednesday, September 30, 2020

4 Things You Didn't Know About Protective Orders in Michigan


Protective orders in Michigan also get called restraining orders or “personal protection orders” (PPOs). If someone hurts, harasses, threatens, or stalks you, a court can enter an order telling the person to stop. You must convince the judge that you have a reasonable fear for your personal safety or liberty to get a PPO.

Many incidents that can lead to a judge issuing a PPO occur when a romantic relationship like dating, living together, or marriage, is crumbling. During the breakup or divorce and shortly afterward are two additional times of high-risk for these situations.


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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 . . .


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