October 12, 2022

Stepparent Adoption and the Biological Parent’s Consent

There are a lot of facets to parenthood, but in the eyes of Michigan law, parenthood is a legal relationship. Under the law, parents have rights and responsibilities toward their children. Biological parents who live with their children may not have to think about them very often, but the legal aspects of parenthood become clear […]

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September 28, 2022

How Separate Property Can Become Marital Property in a Divorce

Generally, under Michigan law, any property acquired by either spouse during a marriage is considered to be marital property. Even if a banking account or some other asset is in one spouse’s name, the other spouse generally has some property right to it. This really only becomes an issue if the couple decides to divorce. […]

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September 15, 2022

Determining Long Distance Parenting Time in Michigan

  When parents separate, they will likely go from living in the same house together with their children to living in different homes. Two separate homes can make it more challenging for the child to spend quality time with both parents. This is especially true if the child’s parents live hundreds of miles apart. Possible […]

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August 17, 2022

What Will Happen if I Fail to Pay What I Owe in Child Support?

We all have the best intentions when it comes to providing our children with all their needs as they grow up. For some parents, this includes paying what they owe in child support. However, you cannot always predict your financial future and there may come a time when you are unable to meet your child […]

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August 3, 2022

Do Gay Couples Have a Different Divorce Experience?

Same-sex couples thinking about divorce may worry about a different track they may have to follow. Luckily, under the law, there is no difference in same-sex and opposite-sex divorce. However, due to the nature of the law and the relative newness of same-sex marriage, gay and heterosexual couples, in practice, may have a different experience. […]

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August 1, 2022

Special Custody Considerations When Abuse Is Alleged

Generally speaking, family courts in the greater Detroit area are going to prefer that both parents spend as much time as possible with their children and are involved in their children’s lives. Also, the preference is for the two parents to cooperate on important decisions for their children. These are normally good goals in a […]

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July 22, 2022

Do I Need a QDRO to Protect My Retirement Plans in a Divorce?

You may not have expected a late-in-life divorce, but you are reaching retirement and have found that now that your nest is empty you do not have the same relationship you once had with your spouse. If you are in your 50s and are facing divorce in Michigan you will want to make sure you […]

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July 20, 2022

What Is a Child Custody Evaluation and How Does It Work?

Are you nervous about how your child custody dispute is going to play out? If so, now is the time to ensure that you’re as fully prepared as possible regardless of whether you’re going to be negotiating resolution or litigating in hopes of achieving the outcome that you think is best for your child. One […]

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July 6, 2022

Common Co-parenting Mistakes to Avoid

Co-parenting is not always easy, especially in the immediate days to weeks following your divorce. Many of the reasons you had for divorce, such as resentment, anger and sadness can bleed over into your relationship with your ex long after the ink has dried on your divorce decree. This can make co-parenting seem difficult, but […]

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June 21, 2022

Encouraging a Relationship With the Other Parent in Child Custody

In Michigan child custody cases, there are many factors that will be discussed when determining decision making rights, living arrangements and parenting time. First and foremost, the courts will strive to serve the child’s best interests. In general, the parents will focus on the child as well. However, given the chance that the marriage ended […]

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