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December 2012 Archives

Resolve to be a better co-parent in the New Year

The holiday season can be a difficult time to be a divorced or separated parent. When coupled with the stress often associated with the holidays, dealing with problematic child custody arrangements and visitation schedules can be overwhelming for Michigan parents. It is understandable that this can lead to an unsatisfactory and less-than-enjoyable holiday season. However, parents who feel their holidays were negatively affected by their relationship with their ex-spouses can take steps to ensure that they are not plagued by the same problems in 2013, taking advantage of the New Year to resolve to make things different.

Detroit Lions' center $29K behind on child support

According to records from Michigan's Macomb County Circuit Court, NFL center Dominic Raiola owes two months' worth of child support to the mother of his 5-year-old son. Raiola, who has played with the Detroit Lions since joining the NFL in 2001, never married the child's mother but the couple was reportedly engaged in "an intimate relationship" for several years.

Rodman in hot water over child support

Michigan residents might remember basketball player Dennis Rodman for his scrappy style of play on the court during the "Bad Boys" era of the Detroit Pistons. It turns out, the former professional ball player has been dubbed a "Bad Boy" by a local court where he now resides.

West Michigan lab introduces prenatal paternity tests

The new tests could have important legal implications and prove valuable for both men and women across Michigan. A Kalamazoo-based testing facility will become the first lab in West Michigan to allow patients to test a fetus's DNA to establish paternity before a child is born. The facility's co-founder explained that men often want to know whether they are the father of a child without having to wait until it is born. However, states could decide to use the tests to require prenatal paternity tests and force non-custodial fathers to pay child support before their children are actually born.

With divorce pending, Michigan city official says she supports ex

A city commissioner from Kalamazoo, Michigan, says she will change her name following the impending finalization of her divorce. Her husband is in prison after being found guilty on a number of sex crime charges, but it does not appear the charges themselves were directly responsible for the couple's divorce. "We did not leave one another," she argued. "The state of Michigan came in and separated the two of us. And because he's living in one place and I'm living in another, it created an unhealthy marriage." She says the divorce is an amicable one.

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