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March 2012 Archives

Cohabitation prior to marriage no longer an indicator of divorce

Traditional data has led many sociologists and cultural experts to conclude that couples who live together before marriage are more likely to divorce. New information is coming to light, however, that could spell good news for pairs throughout Michigan who lived together before saying "I do." Moving in before marriage is a less reliable predictor than it has been in the past.

Unique punishments for parents who fail to pay child support

Under Michigan law, child support payment amounts are determined by a formula. The formula takes into account income of both parents and custody arrangements. Even though many parents may disagree with the amount or the responsibility of child support payments, it is very important to take these obligations seriously.

Tips for helping children through divorce

Michigan residents know that divorce that involves children is often a difficult and demanding process for an entire family. Sharing child custody is a challenge that requires a dedicated co-parenting approach. Children, regardless of their age, can be deeply affected by divorce, even when the process is amicable. Research shows that children of divorce generally experience better psychological health if they are in regular contact with both parents. Moms and dads can follow a few simple tips to make the process smoother for everyone involved.

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