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Saturday, April 17, 2021

What Happens to My Inheritance if I Get Divorced in Michigan?


Facing a divorce or a separation is one of the more, if not the most, stressful and difficult events that a person will have to navigate in their life.  There are so many different issues that may arise including custody, visitation (or parenting time as it is called in Michigan), child support, alimony, division of property and how to handle debts, just to name some.  One issue that comes up relatively often is what happens to an inheritance when there is a divorce.

This falls under the label of property division.  In Michigan divorce, property is first sorted into categories.


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Sunday, April 11, 2021

Is the Wedding Ring or Engagement Ring Marital Property in Michigan?


As a family law attorney (divorce lawyer) in Michigan, I handle all aspects of divorce, post-divorce and even pre-marriage issues.  One issue that is addressed in virtually every case is the division of property and debts.  The following provides an analysis of how property and debts are divided in most cases, then applies that analysis to the wedding or engagement ring.

Typically, the property must be put into one of two categories, married or separate.  Any property, money, or income that comes into the marriage through the efforts of either spouse will be considered marital property.


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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Do I Have to Sell My House in a Divorce?


There are many issues that must be resolved when handling a divorce case in Michigan.  One issue that is often very difficult for the parties is how to handle the marital home.  The value in the marital home is often one of the biggest assets that a married couple may have.  In addition, there are often sentimental issues involved.  One party may feel that they were the spouse that contributed most to the acquisition or development of the property or one party will want to keep the home to provide continuity for the children and keep them in the same school district.


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Tuesday, October 27, 2020

How Do Annulments Work?


It is more difficult to get an annulment than a divorce in Michigan because an annulment is a legal process that “cancels” a marriage or treats it as if it never happened. After getting an annulment, either party can truthfully say that, as to that relationship, they never were married.

Because of this additional outcome, Michigan, like other states, only allows annulments in a few, limited situations. A


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Tuesday, October 13, 2020

What Happens With the Pets In a Divorce?


There are many very serious issues that one may face in a divorce that may have a significant impact on their family and finances.  However, there are also many other details that one must address in a divorce matter that range from the mundane to the more important.  One issue that often comes up is what to do with the pet dog or cat.

Pets are often beloved family members in the modern American home and there are several ways that one may handle the situation.  Technically, pets are considered property and have no rights themselves unlike children for whom the court must make an in depth analysis about what is in the child's best interests if the parents disagree.


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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 . . .


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Can My Spouse Get a Share of My Lawsuit Proceeds in a Divorce?


If a person is not able to handle their affairs or is deemed legally incompetent, then in most cases, the court will appoint a guardian to handle that person's affairs.  The guardian then can make decisions on that person's behalf for medical care, living arrangements and basically all of the person's affairs.  Because I am a divorce lawyer, a friend consulted me about having one of his client's get divorced because it would benefit the family as far as types of truly needed assistance that could be available to help this client.  The husband and the wife were not living together because the husband was in a nursing home suffering from alzheimer's, the wife was not capable of caring for him and the court appointed the son as his guardian.    

Can a Person Deemed Mentally Incompetent Get Divorced?

There are some situations where it is helpful for a person to get divorced because it will allow them to obtain needed government benefits that can assist with their living expenses and necessities that the person cannot qualify for when married.


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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

How are Michigan Family Law Courts Handling Cases Amid the COVID-19 Pandemic?


Michigan's Supreme Court has issued orders that affect the handling of family law cases during the coronavirus pandemic. Families attempting to navigate already stressful divorce and child custody matters may find these changes particularly overwhelming.

Whether your family law case needs to be filed or is currently in progress, working with a


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