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FAQs About Gaining Visitation Rights As a Grandparent in Michigan

September 1, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Many modern households require two incomes, which can leave parents with a tough choice – what to do with young children during the day. Daycare is an expensive and often undesirable option, but grandparents may provide an alternative solution. Naturally, family situations differ, but with many grandparents enjoying free time and good health well into retirement, helping out with childcare ...

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Child Support Enforcement in Michigan

August 28, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

As the biological parent of a child, you shoulder a heavy burden, whether you are a mother or a father. Not only are parents legally responsible for the health and welfare of their children, but they also have financial responsibilities that can extend beyond a marriage or co-existing situation. When you split from your romantic partner or spouse, your obligations ...

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How to Modify Child Custody Orders in Michigan

August 24, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

There’s no denying that divorce can be a difficult process, one that is made even more heart-wrenching when there are children involved and a couple or a court must determine child custody. As a parent on the losing end of a child custody battle, you naturally want to do what you can to reestablish your role in your children’s lives, ...

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Michigan Custody Laws: Can a Child Choose Who to Live With?

August 21, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

A child custody battle is one of the hardest things a parent will ever have to go through, but the truth is that it could end up being equally difficult for children caught in the crossfire. On the one hand, it’s good for children to know that both of their parents love them and want them, but when kids are ...

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Michigan Child Support Payments Can Now Be Made at Retail Stores

August 17, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

Whether you and your ex-spouse came to an amicable agreement pertaining to child custody and child support or the courts had to intervene and make the decisions for you, the difficulties of permanent separation may not end with the enactment of the child custody order. Despite the legal split, parents will still have to deal with each other, possibly for ...

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What Is the “Friend of the Court” in Michigan?

August 14, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

When it comes to divorce and related concerns like child custody and child support, just for example, many couples would prefer to avoid the cost and aggravation of going to court and allowing a judge to determine the course of their life. However, emotions can run high in such cases, making it nearly impossible for couples to come to an ...

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Realities of Divorce: We are All Sexist – Every One

August 10, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

One of the greatest changes in family court norms over the past 50 years has been a strong move to reduce sexual discrimination. Judges are broadly pressured to treat men and women as equal partners, with particularly pernicious issues like child custody being dealt with by changes in statutory law, such as the proposed house bill that would make shared ...

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Realities of Divorce: Precedents, Cases, and Norms: Part II

August 7, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

In Part I, we talked about the written legal guidelines that all courts — including family courts — followed, including statutory laws and common laws (a.k.a. precedents). Now, it’s time to talk about one of the aspects of divorce law (and all law, really) that doesn’t get a lot of airtime: legal norms. Legal Norms As opposed to the laws, ...

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Realities of Divorce: Laws, Precedents, and Norms: Part I

August 3, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

When we describe how divorce works, by necessity (as we are, in fact attorneys), we describe the processes in terms of what the law says and what it means for our clients. But the truth is that our very system of law is rooted in a massive series of assumptions and routines that aren’t actually written into lawbooks anywhere, but ...

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Realities of Divorce: The Two Paths Forward

July 31, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Almost everyone who is getting a divorce goes through one of two sets of processes, both legally and psychologically, that have very different outcomes. Let’s look at those two in the broadest sense, and why it matters which one your lawyer believes is likely to apply. Opening Interrogations At the beginning, each person talks to their own lawyer about their ...

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