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February 2014 Archives

Court ruling allows man to keep his parental rights

Many court rulings in Michigan are based on previous decisions. However, laws are always changing -- as are family situations. This means that courts must look to the best interests of the child and this could mean setting a precedent. A Michigan man who raised a young boy since birth was recently allowed by a court to retain his parental rights -- even though the man is not the boy's biological father.

What not to do during a divorce

For Michigan couples, divorce can be one of the most emotional events in their lives. The stress increases exponentially when children are involved. This causes both men and women to do things that might seem like good ideas at the time, but end up being foolish mistakes that can cost them - financially and emotionally. Here are some common mistakes to avoid during a divorce.

Preparation is key for a divorce with a good outcome

Michigan couples who have been through divorce will likely tell you that the situation was not easy. There are many aspects involved in a divorce, especially if children are involved. Although there are no guarantees that a divorce won't be messy, there are ways to prepare yourself emotionally and financially so that you can strive for the best outcome possible.

Responsibilities for creating a parenting plan for stepchildren

Parents of blended families in Michigan may come across a complicated issue when they divorce. They may wonder what their rights and responsibilities are when their soon-to-be ex-spouse has a child from another relationship with whom they have bonded. Are they legally responsible for caring for that child after the divorce?

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