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What the Heck is a Family, Anyway? Part II

May 25, 2017
Posted in: Michigan Law

In Part I, we talked about a few of the legal (and legalistic) definitions of ‘family’ that some corporations and states have used in the past, and why they aren’t adequate to the task of defining a family. Now it’s time to talk about the stranger reasons why defining ‘family’ is even less possible than it seems. Things Get (Less) ...

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What the Heck is a Family, Anyway? Part I

May 22, 2017
Posted in: Michigan Law

Family law. Simple enough in concept, right? It’s legal stuff…about families. But what the heck is a ‘family,’ anyway? Almost every attempt to define ‘family’ in any legal, moral, ethical, or other rules-oriented fashion has given rise to the kinds of problems that would have overthrown small countries a few centuries ago. Let’s look at a few classic examples of ...

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Pepsi vs. Coke: The Psychology of Dating vs. Marriage

May 18, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Back in the 80s, there was a massively successful advertising campaign executed by Pepsi, called the Pepsi Challenge. It was simple: take random people, have them taste-test a few brown carbonated drinks, and have them pick their favorite. Pepsi was overwhelmingly the victor, and it made for a hell of a series of commercials. So much so that it inadvertently ...

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Staying Together for the Children: Wise or Not?

May 15, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

There are two camps of thought when it comes to dealing with children when you can no longer deal with their other parent. The first says that enduring the bad relationship in order to keep the children living with both parents is better for the kids in the end. The other says that kids are better off switching back and ...

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The Spider’s Web of Divorce and Bankruptcy

May 11, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Quite often, divorce and money troubles go hand in hand. For some couples, severe money issues can lead to divorce. For others, the divorce is what causes the money issues (for at least one spouse, if not both). When those money issues become severe enough to lead to bankruptcy for one or both of you, the timing of the bankruptcy ...

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Marriage vs. Moving: A Child Custody Tale of Warning

May 8, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

When you’re a parent with joint custody, you lose one of the most fundamental freedoms that Americans enjoy: the freedom to live where you want to. While it’s not technically part of the Constitution’s list of explicitly-granted freedoms, the right of moving freely around within the country has been 1823, the Supreme Court has maintained solidly that the freedom to ...

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How the Michigan Divorce Court Evaluates Business Interest

May 4, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

One of the most confusing aspects of separation of assets during a Michigan divorce is how the courts figure out the business interest owned by one or both spouses. It’s one thing to distribute a car, a bank account, or a home, where the value is based on factors that are static. But the value of a business isn’t static; ...

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The Art of Communication with a Distant Child

May 1, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

When your child doesn’t live with you — whether it’s because of custody issues, an unfortunate jailing, or any other reason — it can be tough to maintain communication with them. But study after study have shown that even if it’s long-distance, a child that feels connected to their parent will feel — and do! — better then children who ...

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5 Essential Questions to Ask When Interviewing a Michigan Divorce Attorney

April 27, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

When you find yourself facing down the barrel of divorce, you probably aren’t in your right mind. Whether you’re the instigator or you didn’t see it coming, you might be overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, anger, loss, guilt, embarrassment, and despair. In other words, you probably aren’t thinking clearly and rationally, and this can cause you to make poor decisions ...

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How Does a Collaborative Divorce Work?

April 24, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Coldplay front man Chris Martin may have sparked ridicule for announcing their “conscious uncoupling”, rather than a divorce, but they’re not the only modern couple seeking a kinder, gentler means of calling it quits. Many couples, especially with children, are looking for more productive (and less disruptive) ways of ending a marriage so as to do ...

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