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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5 Factors that Could Affect Your Michigan Custody Battle


Custody cases can be some of the most difficult family court cases that judges have to decide in Michigan. Both parents believe they know what is best for their child, but the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child based on several factors. The judge can consider any factors that the judge determines to be relevant to determining the best interest of the child. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced


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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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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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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Considering Getting Divorced After the Holidays in Michigan?


Q: I Am Thinking About Filing For Divorce After the Holidays.  Is There Anything I Should Do Now?

When you’re getting divorced in Michigan, there can be many different issues to resolve.


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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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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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Thursday, October 10, 2019

Determining Child Custody and Visitation: How to Show the Kids Belong with You


Child custody issues can be emotional and complex. Both parents may believe that it is in the best interest of the kids if the kids stay with them. If your ex-partner is disputing custody, contact a
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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Is Money From Parents Included in Income for Child Support or Alimony in Michigan?


If you are considering a divorce and have children, then most likely child support will be an issue in the case and depending on the parties incomes (and other factors) alimony might be an issue as well.  The court will determine income differently than the Internal Revenue Service or the State of Michigan.  Before filing for divorce, consult a 
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Friday, September 13, 2019

How Can I Change Custody of My Children in Michigan?


There are two types of custody in Michigan, legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody refers to decision making for the children such as religious upbringing, where the children attend school and immunizations.  Physical custody refers to with whom the children reside or spend more time.  Changing either type of custody in Michigan is difficult and often requires considerable litigation.

The Law Regarding Modification of Custody

The statutes or laws about changing custody are designed to minimize unwarranted and disruptive changes in children’s custody.


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Friday, September 6, 2019

Can Custody Decisions Be Affected By Where You Live?


Judges in Michigan decide custody cases based on what is in the best interest of the child. The Michigan Child Custody Act of 1970 sets forth 12 factors for judges to use as they determine what is in the child’s best interest. The factors cover a wide range of issues related to child custody. If a parent believes that the best interest of his or her child is in jeopardy if the child remains with the other parent or custody is shared with the other parent, the parent should discuss legal options for fighting for full custody with a
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