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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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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Divorce, Custody and Parenting Time in Michigan


When a parent is faced with a potential divorce, the biggest questions most parents have concern custody of the children.  However, the term custody has lost some of its meaning in Michigan.  Now the focus is more on what is called parenting time rather than custody.

​What is the Difference Between Custody and Parenting Time?

There are two types of custody in Michigan, legal custody and physical custody.  Legal custody regards decision making for the children about important issues in the children's lives like medical decisions, where the children go to school and religious upbringing.


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Wednesday, May 29, 2019

What Happens if I Want to Move Out of Michigan With My Kids?


If you are divorced and have children, you are probably aware that in most cases neither parent is allowed to move more than one hundred (100) miles from where they resided at the time of the divorce.  Unfortunately, it sometimes becomes necesarry to relocate after a divorce due to a change in employment, a new marriage or other reasons.  When that happens, if the other parent does not agree to allowing the move, then the parent seeking to move must file a motion requesting that the court enter an order allowing the move. 

The Complicated Law Behind a Relocation After Divorce 

 If a parent has sole legal custody (which is unusual), then the parent should be able to file the motion and the court should basically grant it at the first hearing.  However, if you have joint legal custody, which is the situation in most cases, then the process is very complicated and will require an evidentiary hearing which is basically a trial in front of the judge about this issue.


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Saturday, May 25, 2019

Seven Tips for Helping Parents Through a Custody Battle


Custody battles are some of the most heated battles in family court. Parents who cannot agree to a custody and visitation schedule can put each other and their children through a traumatic, lengthy court battle. A
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Monday, May 13, 2019

After a Divorce, Who Pays for Child Care?


In Michigan, child care is included in child support until the first August after a child's twelfth birthday.  After that, the parties can agree to share the costs of child care or each parent will be responsible for paying for child care that is required during that parent's court ordered parenting time with the child.  

How Much Does Each Party Pay Toward Child Support?

There are four basic components of child support.  There is the base child support, which is determined primarily by the incomes of each parent and the number of overnights the children have with each parent.  There are also three supplements; the healthcare supplement, the ordinary medical care supplement and the child care supplement.


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