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- DivorceWhen you go through a divorce, your whole world is turned upside down. Divorce can be such a painful experience that psychologists equate the stress to that of the death of a spouse or a child. This is why it is important to have an attorney who is both knowledgeable about the law and who understands the emotional turmoil that you are going through. Because of the emotions involved, you may lose sight of what’s in your best interests. A good attorney will perform the difficult task of telling you what you need to know, whether or not you want to hear it. There are many important issues to be addressed in a divorce: Child Custody Visitation Child Support In Michigan, child support is determined by a formula referred to as child support guidelines. This formula is primarily based upon the parents incomes. This formula can also provide for child care and uninsured health care expenses. Spousal Support One party may be awarded spousal support from the other party. Many factors are considered in determining the appropriateness of spousal support, such as length of marriage, age, potential earning capacity and ability to pay. Property Settlement The property and assets are…
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- Legal PhilosophyEvery attorney has his or her own legal philosophy, it is important that the attorney you choose to represent you has a philosophy that you are comfortable with. A successful attorney/client relationship is built on trust. Therefore, it is critical that you have a good rapport with your attorney. Due to the inherently emotional nature of divorce, it is imperative that you both like and trust your attorney. I view myself as a problem solver. My main goal is to help you obtain a legal result that is suited to your needs, while thoroughly addressing the issues in your case. I attempt to achieve that result at the lowest cost possible. I realize that litigation is expensive and that people need to save their money to invest in their future and the future of their children. I take very seriously my obligation to utilize your resources wisely. My objective is to handle your case properly from the beginning. This reduces your costs, your aggravation and avoids further litigation. When the legal issues are handled correctly from the beginning, you are able to concentrate on healing and moving on with your life. My reputation is very important, and therefore, I believe…
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Is 12 Old Enough to Be Alone? Child Support in Michigan
As Family Law attorneys, we encounter a lot of interesting…and some sheerly desperate…ideas about how a recently-divorced single parent can get by. Often, these come up when the other parent files a custody-change motion or a support-change motion in response to one of these more desperate ideas. For example: what happens when a single mother wants to save child support ...CONTINUE READING
Extra-Curricular Activities and Joint Custody
Once we’ve helped someone with a divorce along with a joint custody agreement, they tend to move on with their lives and never come back into our office. When they do come back with a complaint that they want our legal help with, a startling number of them have the same complaint. It’s “my ex just enrolled my child in activity, ...CONTINUE READING
So You Can’t Adopt your Stepchild: Other Options in Michigan
Last week, we talked about the legalities behind giving a child three parents, and why it means that a loving step-parent can’t adopt their stepchild if the other biological parent doesn’t relinquish their parental status. First, let’s talk about why not. Why Michigan Has Disallowed Three Parents There are a few reasons why Michigan, along with many other states, have ...CONTINUE READING
Can I Adopt my Step-Child if the Ex has Joint Custody?
Relatively common scenario: two people are married, but one has a kid by an ex-spouse. The new spouse loves the kid and wants to show their dedication to the kid, so they decide to attempt to adopt the kid. The old spouse has joint custody of the kid, but doesn’t particularly object as the adoption wouldn’t affect the custody agreement. ...CONTINUE READING
Is your Family Lawyer Required to Believe You?
Divorce is an inherently messy process. We know from scientific studies of eyewitness testimony that three people who saw the same car will describe it, just minutes later, as a “brown SUV,” a “blue minivan,” and a “black truck.” If the brain can’t even specify concrete facts about something that happened just minutes ago (or even pass this profoundly insightful ...CONTINUE READING
How to Tell If It’s Time for Divorce: Being Abused
There are a number of reasons why someone can get ‘locked’ into an abusive marriage — peer pressure, children, financial dependency, and blind love among them — but the reason that is the most confounding for outside observers is that some people simply don’t understand that they’re being abused. It can be extremely challenging for people who are living abuse-free ...CONTINUE READING
Child Custody and Gender Bias: What Does the Law Say?
The law is clear in nearly every state, and ongoing efforts to enforce gender non-bias are proceeding in several states: the gender of the parent shouldn’t matter when determining the best interests of the child. Unfortunately, there are precious few guidelines for judges as to what “best interest” actually means — which opens up the courtroom to the opinions of ...CONTINUE READING
Child Custody and Gender Bias: Are Courts Anti-Father?
I’ve said on this blog a few times before — some quite recently — that the Michigan court system (and in fact the American court system) is biased toward mothers when it comes to child custody. This is true in a strictly legal sense, as the assumption regarding the children of unmarried parents is that the mother should automatically retain ...CONTINUE READING
Michigan Law: Petitioning for a Change in Child Custody
In the state of Michigan, if you feel like your current child custody arrangement no longer meets your child’s needs (or has become hostile to your child’s well-being), the burden is on you to show ‘proper cause’ for a change. The Michigan courts are charged with the protection of a child’s best interests, but one of the basic assumptions the ...CONTINUE READING
How to Decide on a Family Law Attorney
Your family law attorney is not someone you should choose lightly — literally, the future of your domestic life hinges on their ability to guide you through some of the most emotionally, financial, and mentally taxing moments of your life. A bad lawyer, and you could end up with very little by way of money, no time with your kids, ...CONTINUE READING