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Thursday, January 28, 2021

What If I Can't Pay My Alimony (Spousal Support) in Michigan?


In Michigan, alimony is also known as spousal support.  Typically alimony is modifiable based upon a change in circumstances unless the divorcing parties have agreed in the judgment of divorce that it is not modifiable.  The matter of Anderson v Anderson, Michigan Court of Appeals Case No 349616, December 17, 2020 is an interesting example of a how the court will handle a request to modify (increase or decrease the amount or terms) alimony.

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Friday, January 22, 2021

Understanding Relocation and Custody Issues in Michigan


Many people do not realize the impact that divorce can have on their ability to move if they have minor children. Michigan law usually requires you to get the approval of a judge, whether you have joint custody or sole (primary) custody, to move with a minor child who is the subject of a custody order. A


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Monday, January 11, 2021

School and Custody or Parenting Time With Covid-19 in Michigan


Custody and parenting time are always modifiable in Michigan, even after a divorce, until the children reach the age of eighteen (18).  While it is unfortunate, there are sometimes reasons that one parent may not be able to continue to handle parenting time as ordered in the Judgment or the custody should change.  In those cases, the parent seeking to change or modify the situation has the burden to prove that the current arrangement are no longer in the best interests of the child or children.

The Importance of School and Attendance in Custody and Parenting Time Matters

Regardless of whether school is remote, due to Covid-19, hybrid or in-person, it is of the utmost importance to make sure that the kids are getting to school on time and attending classes.  Failure to attend classes on-time during one parent's scheduled parenting time is a red-flag to any family law judge or referee.


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Monday, January 4, 2021

How COVID Is Affecting Michigan Divorces


Navigating a divorce is difficult under the best circumstances; it is an extremely taxing life event, emotionally, physically, and financially. Seeking wise counsel, establishing a strong support system, and taking extreme self-care are critical to managing the stress of divorce. Fast forward to the new era of COVID-19. How do you manage divorce under the additional, unprecedented weight of this global pandemic?



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Monday, December 21, 2020

Child Custody: Joint vs. Sole. Physical vs. Legal


Divorce is a complicated process, especially when trying to navigate child custody concerns. Michigan divorce attorneys find that most parenting questions during divorce arise from confusion surrounding custodial rights, specifically joint vs.


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Thursday, December 10, 2020

What Michigan Dads Need to Know About Child Custody


Michigan law requires courts making decisions about child custody to put the child’s well-being first, over the wishes of the parents. Judges accomplish this goal by using the “best interests of the child” standard. Before a court can enter an order of custody or visitation, it must make a finding that the terms of the proposed order are in the best interests of the child.

Judges have to evaluate multiple factors to determine the best interests of the child. Also, the courts must start from a neutral position as to gender; in other words, the judge cannot automatically assume that one parent will be a better choice for primary custody based only on gender.


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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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