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Monday, May 11, 2020

Do I Have To Pay Taxes On Spousal Support I Receive?


Spousal support can be one of the most contested issues in a divorce case. Each spouse fights to ensure that he or she is paying or receiving a fair amount of spousal support. Because of recent changes in federal tax laws that impact spousal support, it is important to work with a


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Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Why Specialization Matters: Working with a Michigan Divorce Attorney


Divorce can be a complicated legal matter. A couple can begin a divorce proceeding with the intent to reach an amicable agreement. However, the negotiations between the spouses can break down quickly. The parties then find themselves in a highly-contested divorce action. Hiring a


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Zoom and Court Proceedings in Michigan During Corona Virus Quarantine


While the governor has extended the stay home, stay safe executive order, some of the courts are now proceeding with hearings by Zoom.  This is true in at least Macomb and Wayne Counties.

How will I know if my hearing is going to proceed by Zoom?

Typically, the court will send out notice to all parties, including the attorneys and the actual people involved in the case.  IF you have not received notice and your case is scheduled for a hearing before May 15, 2020, the current quarantine deadline, then you should call the judge's clerk and attempt to contact the court.  If you cannot contact the court by phone, then you should file at the very least a notice that you are not appearing at the hearing because of the executive order and you have not received notice otherwise.


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Tuesday, April 21, 2020

FAQs About Spousal Support in Michigan


If you are facing a divorce in Michigan, you may be struggling with how you will survive after divorce and whether or not you will receive future support. A skilled Michigan spousal support attorney will be able to explain spousal support in Michigan and help position you for the best possible results in final settlement.


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Corporal Punishment and Physical Discipline of Children and Divorce, Custody & Parenting Time in Michigan


The right to parent one's child is a constitutional right that the court's take very seriously.  However, if a parent chooses to use corporal punishment or physically discipline a child, that parent is taking certain risks.  I advise my client's against using corporal punishment with their child.  If they are facing a divorce, custody or parenting time legal case and they have used it in the past, I advise them to immediately stop and take some parenting classes in preparation for the litigation.

Can Corporal Punishment or Physically Disciplining a Child Cause a Change of Custody or Parenting Time?

The recent case of Brown v Brown, addressed this issue in the context of divorce and domestic violence.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Does Marijuana Use Affect Child Custody Decisions in Michigan?


Many factors influence child custody decisions in Michigan. In some cases, a spouse might allege that a parent’s habits, activities, or lifestyle could harm a child if that parent were granted custody of the child.


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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!: North Oakland Michigan Divorce Lawyer's Suggestions for What to Do With the Kids During the Quarantine.


This blog is usually written from a more impersonal point of view. The intent is to provide up-to-date information about family law; a term used to describe the area of law that handles divorce, custody, parenting time, alimony, prenuptial and post-divorce issues. However, it is Easter today and I, like most people in Oakland County, Michigan have been working remotely or are not working at all without much social or physical activity. So I thought I would share how my family has been coping with this weird reality.

My kids attend school at the Rochester Area Community Schools which has valiantly met with the challenges posed by this virus.


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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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