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Friday, February 7, 2020

In a Michigan Divorce, Who Gets The House?


The house and other real estate is considered part of the property division involved in a divorce.  If one party wants to keep the house, then typically that spouse would have to "buy-out" the other spouse's fifty (50%) percent equity or offset that equity with other property of roughly equal value.  If neither party wants the house, then it will typically be sold and the parties will share the proceeds.   The court will divide all of the property in an "equitable" manner.  Usually this means roughly equal but that is not always true, sometimes the court will divide the property in a manner that awards one person slightly more of the property.


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Monday, February 3, 2020

Fighting for Grandparent Visitation Time in Michigan


Q: Do grandparents have a right to visitation time with grandkids?

Grandparents: all the fun spoiling without the hard, parental stuff. Grandparenting has been called the reward for surviving your own kid’s teenage years.

The bond between grandparents and their grandchildren is strong and special in most cases. At the end of one visit, both are already missing each other and looking forward to being together again. In today’s economic climate, many grandparents babysit their grandchildren while their own children are working.


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Were You Blindsided By Your Spouse Filing For Divorce?


Q: My Spouse Filed For Divorce and I Was Completely Blind-sided.  What Do I Do?

I am sure that it feels like your world is coming apart right now and that everything that matters to you is falling apart.  Call your friends and family to talk about it.  Take deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing when you feel completely overwhelmed.  Consider consulting with a counselor, psychiatrist or social worker.


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Monday, January 20, 2020

Seven Tips to Increase Odds of Financial Success After a Divorce in Michigan


There are many consequences of getting a divorce in Michigan. One consequence overlooked by some individuals is the financial consequences of a divorce. Transitioning from one household to two separate households can be difficult. The couple now has to pay twice as much to support the family as it did when they were living under the same roof. Our


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Will A Court in Michigan Order Parenting Time (Visitation) at the Discretion of One Parent?


Custody and parenting time, which is sometimes referred to as child visitation in other states, is often the most difficult aspect of any divorce case.  These issues can be even more complicated where the prospective parents were not married and may have had only a casual dating relationship before the pregnancy.  In such situations, given the stressful nature of pregnancy, often


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Will a Divorce Court Order a Child to Get Vaccinations?


In recent years, Oakland County Michigan divorce attorneys often hear about cases where divorced or divorcing parents disagree about whether their child or children should be given various vaccinations.  Where the parents are still married it is clear that neither parent can force the other parent to have the child vaccinated.
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Saturday, January 4, 2020

Michigan Divorce and a True Lothario


A Lothario, according to the Oxford Dictionary, is "a man who behaves selfishly and irresponsibly in his sexual relationships with women.  'they are seduced by a handsome Lothario who gains control of their financial affairs." 


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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Divorcing for Medical Reasons


More often than not, Oakland County Michigan divorce attorneys hear clients complain that they want a divorce for common reasons like infidelity, addiction, abuse, or even because they just grew apart. Whatever the reason the marriage broke down, they want out—and the sooner the better.


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Friday, December 27, 2019

When a Prenuptial Agreement Precedes an Invalid Wedding


Q: What happens to a prenuptial agreement if the wedding isn’t valid?

A “prenup”, as prenuptial agreements are called, is a contract between two unmarried people who are preparing to marry and want to maintain their own separate assets and income after the marriage.

Michigan prenuptial agreement attorneys use them to help couples designate how existing and future assets and debts, among other things, will be divided in the event they later divorce.


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Monday, December 23, 2019

If I Retire, Will Alimony End?


Q: If I Am Ordered to Pay Alimony or Spousal Support, Will it Terminate When I Retire?

If the family court in Oakland, Michigan, has ordered you to pay alimony also known as spousal support in Michigan, then you may wonder whether your obligation will end when you retire.  The answer is maybe.


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Thursday, December 19, 2019

Keeping Your Michigan Divorce Costs Down


Q: Is there anything clients can do to lower the cost of divorce?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Oakland, Michigan, you will likely seek out a divorce attorney that exclusively practices in family law and is compassionate and accessible.

But it’s also important to find an attorney that is affordable and transparent about the


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