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Will Your Prenuptial Agreement Stand Up in a Michigan Court?

October 20, 2017
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

According to the American Psychological Association, roughly 40-50% of all marriages in the U.S. now end in divorce. This is a disheartening statistic, especially when you realize that divorce rates are even higher for subsequent marriages. This is perhaps why prenuptial agreements have become so common. Once the province of wealthy families seeking to dissuade gold-diggers from horning in on ...

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The Basics of Postnuptial Agreements in Michigan

October 16, 2017
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

The concept of the prenuptial agreement is nothing new. In fact, scholars have found evidence of prenuptial agreements dating back as far as ancient Egypt, which means such agreements have been in the works for thousands of years. Whether parents were looking to protect their daughters from destitution in the event of the death of a husband, or wealthy elites ...

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Negotiating for Parenting Time in Michigan: Important Factors to Consider

October 13, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

When parents separate or divorce, the situation is not only hard on the couple, but also on any children they share. As a parent, you naturally want to continue to have a relationship with your children, even if your marriage or partnership is dissolved, but it’s not always easy to make this happen. With the help of a qualified lawyer, ...

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How to Obtain a Personal Protection Order in Michigan

October 9, 2017
Posted in: Michigan Law

It’s never okay for another person to harass you, threaten you, or harm you, and in the state of Michigan, such actions can sometimes be stopped through the use of a Personal Protection Order, or PPO. What is a PPO, exactly, and how do you go about securing one? Here’s what you need to know. What is a PPO? A ...

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Who Gets Custody of Frozen Embryos in a Michigan Divorce?

October 6, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Advances in technology have significantly changed the way some couples approach the prospect of parenthood. Everyone knows that as we age, we become less fertile and contend with higher risk factors. However, this may be a moot point now that couples can freeze fertilized embryos for later implantation, preserving the chances for healthy conception at the peak of fertility, even ...

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How to Manage Your Emotions During a Child Custody Case

October 2, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

Nobody ever said marriage was easy, and raising children can be even more difficult. While children bring joy and wonder to our lives, parenting is undertaking fraught with uncertainty and fear. The responsibility of keeping kids safe and raising them to be capable and confident adults is a heavy burden. It becomes even more difficult when you’re going through a ...

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The Michigan Adoption Process: What You Can Expect

September 29, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

Up until 1995, adopting a child in Michigan required a legal termination of the rights of birth parents before the adoption process could even begin and the child could be placed with adoptive parents. Further, adoptions could only take place through the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) or state-licensed child-placement agencies. Thanks to changes in state laws, the situation ...

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An Overview of Michigan Adoption Laws

September 25, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

For some individuals and couples, adopting may turn out to be the best path for starting a family. For others, it is a way to expand an already-established family while also helping abandoned or otherwise needy children in search of a loving home. Adoption may be done domestically or on an international level. Children may come from a parent or ...

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How Is Property and Debt Divided in a Michigan Divorce?

September 22, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

During the course of a marriage, even a relatively short one, you and your spouse might accumulate a lot. Not only could you build a life that includes homes, cars, furniture, bank accounts, and a lot of other assets, but you might also rack up quite a bit of debt in the process, including a mortgage and any number of ...

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How Do I Go About Adopting My Stepchild in Michigan?

September 18, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

There is a growing culture of blended families that feature children from multiple unions, or children being raised by one natural parent and his/her new spouse. It’s not surprising in such situations that stepparents would become interested in adopting the children they’re helping to raise. Being a good parent doesn’t necessarily require you to share DNA with a child – ...

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