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August 2012 Archives

Co-parenting in divorce study may offer hope to Michigan couples

Recent collegiate research suggests that parents who are hostile and combative following a divorce can eventually work together to improve their co-parenting skills and better serve their children's best interests.

Can I deny my ex visitation if they are behind on support payments?

While visitation is a child custody issue and therefore separate from child support, many custodial parents see them as intertwined. For instance, parents may think it is unfair that a parent who fails to make child support payments is allowed to spend significant time with his or her children and may be tempted to deny that parent their visitation rights. However, family law experts say that this behavior is not only bad etiquette, but is also against the law.

Michigan Supreme Court divided on "deadbeat" parent issue

A recent decision handed down by the Michigan Supreme Court allows parents with delinquent child support payments to potentially avoid a felony charge by arguing that it is impossible for them to meet their obligations. The court upheld a lower court's 2004 decision that it does not matter whether a non-custodial parent can afford to pay child support, but ruled that parents could argue that it is "impossible" for them to pay after examining several cases from the 1800s.

Should you save your marriage or file for a divorce?

How can you tell when your marriage is worth saving, or if a divorce is in your family's best interest? It is important to assess the strengths and problems in your marriage before making this decision. Marriage counselors and attorneys in Michigan and throughout the nation can help a couple examine their marriage and the steps they should take for the sake of themselves, and for their children. Even though a divorce may be necessary, a person may have a difficult time identifying the signs.

Game on: Child custody arrangement includes sports games

Post-divorce child custody agreements are often individualized to meet the needs of both parents and children. These agreements may also be modified throughout the children's lives, so that both parents are able to spend important times with their children. A recent case highlights a very unusual custody agreement that may be precedent-setting for sports loving divorcees with children. It is possible that future child custody agreements worked out in Michigan, and other states, may also include sporting events, or other non-traditional visitation days, as legitimate requests for child visitation.

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