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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 . . .


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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Monday, August 10, 2020

How Does Being the Working Parent Affect My Custody Rights?

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Friday, July 31, 2020

What's the Difference Between Legal and Physical Custody in Michigan?


Child custody arrangements can present specific challenges and bring into question your rights as a parent, even in the most amicable circumstances. Meeting the needs of a child, satisfy the wants of each parent, and legally comply with Michigan’s child custody laws can feel overwhelming, and you may need help from a Michigan child custody attorney.


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Monday, June 29, 2020

Is Michigan the Home State to Get a Custody Order For a Child?


Going through a divorce can be stressful. There may be several matters to resolve related to domestic support, children, and property division, depending on the couple’s circumstances. Parties who want to avoid a trial may choose divorce mediation to settle these matters. With the help of a 


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?


Parental kidnapping is a crime in the state of Michigan. The other parent can call the police or contact the prosecuting attorney and request that the parent who refuses to allow the parenting time gets charged with the crime of parental kidnapping.

These cases tend to be high-conflict, so you might not want to handle these allegations on your own without a lawyer. A


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How Do I Find An Affordable Divorce Lawyer?


The question of how much a divorce will cost is one of the biggest concerns that many people have when faced with the possibility that the marriage might be over.  There are several costs involved in a divorce: the emotional toll, the division of property and debts, potential alimony or spousal support or child support.  Those costs are beyond the scope of this blog and are addressed throughout my website and in previous blogs.  Today I am addressing the issue of attorney fees.

If you have a relatively simple divorce matter and you and your spouse appear to be in agreement about how to handle custody and parenting time or how to divide your property and move forward, then you should be able to find an affordable divorce lawyer.


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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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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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