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August 2013 Archives

Considering sibling relationships in parenting arrangements

Family courts in Michigan are compelled to act in a child's best interests in cases regarding child custody, visitation rights and parenting plans, but they do not always consider the child's relationship with his or her siblings. This can make the stress of divorce even harder to deal with for children who rely on siblings for emotional support. This can be especially true for step-siblings who are informed that they are no longer legally related after their parents' divorce.

Michigan MLB star files for divorce

A well-known first baseman for Michigan's Detroit Tigers recently announced that he has filed for divorce in an out-of-state court. Prince Fielder broke the news just one day after telling a reporter that nothing in his personal life was amiss. He was responding to rumors and a statement from a fellow Tigers player that his performance on the field was possibly being affected by a family problem. The details of Fielder's divorce filing are unclear, though his wife has responded by requesting that Fielder be responsible for paying her legal expenses.

Midwestern divorce case spans 17 years and counting

When two law professors from nearby Midwestern universities entered court to end their marriage in 1996 after a 10 years together, they had the rare benefit of extensive legal knowledge and experience with their state's courts. However, judges have chastised the former couple, who are still fighting it out in court 17 years later, their divorce lawsuit accruing over 1,400 entries in that time. At one recent hearing, a Common Pleas Court judge chided the pair for making a mockery of the legal system and teaching future lawyers and judges that the way they have conducted their dispute constitutes "acceptable behavior."

Back-to-school co-parenting tips

The end of summer and the beginning of a new school year can be scary and nerve-wracking for many Michigan children, but it can be equally stressful for divorced parents who must balance their children's educational needs with their own potentially difficult relationship. However, parents who are able to put aside their differences and openly communicate can ensure their child's education is unaffected by divorce or a shared child custody agreement.

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