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January 2014 Archives

Child custody dictated by best interests of the child, not prenup

Engaged Michigan couples may think about drafting a prenuptial agreement before entering marriage so that they can protect their assets. Things can get a little complicated, though, if one of the parties has a child from a previous relationship. If the other parent is no longer involved in the child's life, then the new stepparent may wish to consider legally adopting the child. This means that he or she would be considered the child's parent. It also means that should the marriage end in divorce, the couple or family court would determine child custody and child support. Can these things be included in a prenup?

Michigan judge finally pays old child support bill

Those in law enforcement make a living of ensuring that others uphold the law, but ironically, they don't always follow the rules themselves. Even judges must pay child support, as one Michigan circuit court judge recently found out. He tried unsuccessfully to get out of paying an old child support bill to his ex-wife.

How mediation can help in a Jewish divorce

Getting a divorce can be emotionally and financially difficult for Michigan residents. Divorce can be twice as hard for Jewish couples. Why? Because in Jewish culture, a woman must be granted a religious divorce before she can be legally divorced. This is called a "get," and it can be frustrating for women who want to move on with their lives.

Importance of gifting in a parenting plan

Giving gifts to your children is likely one of the highlights of special occasions, such as Christmas. For children who have divorced parents, these gifts might turn out to be headaches. Michigan parents who are divorced and have children might like to take some points about gifting to the children into consideration before another gift is purchased.

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