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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Divorce, Custody, Parenting TIme and Support Mediation Using Zoom or Facetime in Michigan


The Corona Virus has caused the courts to basically shut down for all purposes except to handle matters that involve essential functions or that are required to sustain or carry-on life.  This means that many people in Michigan who would like to file for divorce or who have already divorced but have parenting time or other post-divorce issues have been left in limbo.

Is There Anything That I Can Do Now Regarding my Divorce, Support or Custody Issues?

A group of family law attorneys in Oakland County, Michigan have been discussing how to help the public with theses issues during the Covid 19 outbreak.  One solution that I am able to offer to the public is my mediation services.  I can do this by utilizing Zoom or Facetime to conduct the mediation.


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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Update: Corona Virus & Parenting Time In Michigan Under the March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order


On Friday, March 27, 27, 2020, I had the opportunity to be part of a zoom conference about family law and specifically parenting time in Michigan while the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order due to the Corona Virus is in effect.  There were several judges, friend of the court referees and divorce lawyers from across the state included in the conference.  There is no set law at this time, but it appears that the general consensus is parenting time should happen as folows.



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Saturday, March 28, 2020

Child Support in Michigan During the Corona Virus


The Corona Virus has caused a record high rate of unemployment.  That is a complete understatement but let's hope that the layoffs and unemployment will be a temporary situation.  Thinking optimistically most people that are fortunate to be working from home should be back to their places of employment in a matter of weeks and the unfortunate folks that are not getting paid shortly after that.  In the Interim, this has caused at the very least a temporary reduction in a massive number of people's incomes.

What Can I Do About My Child Support Obligation While I Am Living With This Temporary Income Reduction?

The courts, under Governor Whitmer's Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order of March 23, 2020, are only open to hear cases that involve essential functions or as as necessary to sustain or carry-on daily life.
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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Interstate Parenting Time Under the March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Order: Should I Put My Child On A Plane?


The Corona Virus has caused an enormous amount of disruption with all aspects of life in Michigan.  This includes limited access to the legal system, however courts are still allowing attorneys to file motions and are authorized to hear motions for essential functions and as necessary to maintain daily life.  This time of year with spring break coming up, many parents have questions about whether they are required to put the kids on a plane for court ordered parenting time with a noncustodial parent that lives in another state or whether they should do so to return the child to a custodial parent in another state after parenting time here in Michigan.

Today I was on a zoom conference with a panel of judges, friend of the court referees and family law attorneys discussing this very issue.  Unfortunately this situation is new for everyone involved but there did appear to be a consensus.
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Monday, March 16, 2020

What Is the Process for Legal Separation in Michigan?


In some cases, a couple may want to separate before filing for divorce. They may want to work on their marriage through marriage counseling or couples therapy. However, there could be legal implications in seeking a legal separation. It is wise to consult experienced


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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Five Frequently Asked Questions About QDROs


One of the complicated aspects of many divorces is the divisions of property and assets. Retirement accounts can be particularly difficult to divide because of the tax liabilities and penalties for early distributions. Our


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Monday, March 9, 2020

Should I File for Bankruptcy Before a Divorce?


Divorce is a common reason for filing for bankruptcy relief. In some cases, both spouses may need assistance from the bankruptcy court to overcome the financial stress caused by a divorce. In other cases, one spouse may need to file a bankruptcy case because of the divorce. In either case, it is wise to consult with experienced


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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Can I Lose Custody of My Child If They Refuse to See My Ex?


There could be many reasons your child may resist visitation with his or her other parent. As children grow older, they may prefer to socialize with their peers instead of visiting their other parent. Younger children may be hesitant to spend the night in another home. Children may also dislike step-parents or step-siblings. Whatever the reason might be, you should discuss your situation with a


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Seven Tips for Co-parenting During the School Year Following a Divorce


Co-parenting can be difficult for parents who are married. However, when parents divorce, co-parenting can become more of a challenge. Children have two “homes” that might have two sets of rules. During the school year, a child can suffer if parents are not able to work together to provide stability and support. Working with an experienced Michigan child custody attorney to develop a parenting plan that provides structure and continuity for a child can be extremely beneficial for the child and the parents.


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Thursday, February 13, 2020

Mandatory Prenuptial Agreements: Good Idea?


Would you be willing to enter a prenuptial agreement before marriage? If not, you probably would be against a law requiring couples to enter a prenuptial agreement. Three years ago, the idea was raised in Australia. Two-thirds of the respondents to a poll on


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5 Factors that Could Affect Your Michigan Custody Battle


Custody cases can be some of the most difficult family court cases that judges have to decide in Michigan. Both parents believe they know what is best for their child, but the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child based on several factors. The judge can consider any factors that the judge determines to be relevant to determining the best interest of the child. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced


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