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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 . . .


Thursday, September 3, 2020

What Is the Michigan Divorce Process Like?


Going through a divorce is a stressful time. It can relieve some of your anxiety if you know what the Michigan divorce process is like.* Sometimes, fear of the unknown is worse than the thing itself. A


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Saturday, August 29, 2020

5 Tips for Effective Co-Parenting After a Divorce


Raising children can be difficult enough when you are married. Co-parenting after divorce can be much more challenging. You might have to deal with your former spouse’s new significant other. You could still have hurt feelings and anger. Financial struggles are common after divorce.


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Friday, August 21, 2020

When Can I Appeal a Ruling During My Divorce?


The vast majority of appeals get filed shortly after the divorce is over, but sometimes it is necessary to appeal a judge’s ruling while the case is still pending. This type of appeal is called an interlocutory appeal. The


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Saturday, August 15, 2020

How Are Student Loans Handled in a Divorce in Michigan?


There are many issues that people face when it comes to divorce or separation including custody, parenting time and alimony but almost every case involves the division of property and debt. Student loans are handled as part of the property division that must take place in almost every divorce.

How Does a Court Divide Debt Between Parties?

The law regarding division of debt is very similar to the law regarding division of property.  When it comes to dividing debt, most debt, regardless of which party accumulated that debt will be considered marital debt.  Marital debt is divided in a roughly equal manner between the parties.


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