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Friday, December 6, 2019

Can A Judge Reinstate Alimony?


Q: After Alimony Has Ended, Can A Judge Reinstate It?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, then you most likely understand that you will have to divide your property and debts as part of the process.  In addition, depending on the facts of your specific case, alimony, or spousal support as it is called in Michigan, may be an issue.
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Monday, December 2, 2019

Can a Move or Job Change Cause a Change in Custody or Parenting Time?


Q: Can a Parent's Move or Job Change Cause a Change in Custody or Parenting Time?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, and you have minor children, custody and/or parenting time can be a very difficult issue.  Even after the divorce itself is over custody or parenting time may change over the years until the children reach the age of eighteen.
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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Property Division in a Michigan Divorce


Q: How is property divided in a divorce?

If you are confronted with the posibility of getting divorced in North Oakland, Michigan, you most likely will have property that must be divided.  The property and debt, regardless of whose name it is in, will have to be divided and this can be a difficult analysis in some cases.
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Sunday, November 24, 2019

Handling Debt Division in a Divorce


Q: How is debt handled in a divorce?

If you’re considering getting divorced in North Oakland, Michigan, you might have an idea about the issues you need to work out with your soon-to-be ex-spouse, but there may be unexpected issues, too. 

Even if you don’t have the added emotional burden of working out
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Grandparents' Rights in Michigan


Q: Can grandparents get visitation rights or be granted custody?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, and you have minor children, working out the physical and legal custody of the children can become contentious. At stake is not only how much physical time the child will live with each parent but also the degree of legal custody each parent will have.
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Thursday, November 14, 2019

How Pensions Are Treated in a Michigan Divorce


Q: Will my spouse get half of my pension if we divorce?

When you’re getting divorced in Michigan, there are several factors that need to be worked out before your knot is officially untied. 

If you have minor children, you’ll have the often emotionally-charged issues of
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Friday, November 8, 2019

Can I Get a Different Judge in My Divorce Case?


“The mere fact that a judge ruled against a litigant, even if the rulings are later determined to be erroneous, is not sufficient to require . . . reassignment.” In re Contempt of Henry, 282 Mich App 656, 680; 765 NW2d 44 (2009).


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

What Happens if My Husband or Wife Does Not Follow Court Orders in a Divorce?


When someone wants to start a divorce, he or she files a complaint for divorce with the appropriate circuit court.  The court then has authority to issue orders which the parties (the married couple getting the divorce) are required to obey.  Some types of such orders are restraining orders that state neither party is allowed to take money out of bank accounts or run-up credit card debt outside of their best ordinary practices while the divorce case proceeds.  In most instances, the spouse simply obey the court's orders and thing proceed relatively smoothly.  Unfortunately, sometimes one party does not obey the court's orders and further steps are required.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Lost Sole Custody of Your Children? Four Ways to Regain Your Child Custody Rights


It can be devastating for a parent to lose custody of his or her children. The parent may go through the stages of grief after the court ruling, including denial, anger, and depression. Before giving up hope, talk to a
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Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Is it Legal to Record My Spouse During a Divorce?


It might be tempting to record conversations your spouse has during a divorce action. However, if you record your spouse’s conversations, you could be facing additional court actions, including criminal charges. Before deciding whether to record your spouse during a divorce, talk with a
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Friday, October 18, 2019

Who Pays the Lawyer in a Divorce?


In most cases in America each litigant (person or group involved in suing or being sued in court) pays for his or her attorney fees regardless of who wins the case.  This is called the American rule when it comes to legal fees, in some other countries, the losing side often has to pay for the other side's attorney fees.  One of the problems with the American rule is that it can lead to inequities when one litigant has more money than the other and can use the threat of a law suit or can stonewall the other because of the difference in the ability to pay the fees.  To avoid this imbalance and potential inequality in a divorce case where one spouse that earns more income or has a greater income earning capacity, the Michigan Legislature has created two legal exceptions to the American rule.  Working with your 


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