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Domestic Violence and the Truth about American Gun Culture

January 2, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Americans, by and large, love guns. But we have a weird relationship with guns: some of us firmly believe that guns make the public safer, and others believe exactly the opposite. Some believe guns promote crime, others believe guns are the only thing stopping crime. Interestingly, both groups are wrong, and we have enough data on the subject now to ...

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Michigan Family Court-Ordered Supervised Visitation

December 12, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

Only being able to see your child with someone looking over your shoulder is one of the more frustrating positions it’s possible for a parent to be in, but it’s not one the court chooses lightly. To be specific, if you’ve ended up with a Parenting Time Order that only allows you supervised visitation of your child, it’s because the ...

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Michigan Divorce Law Mythbusting, Part II

December 8, 2016
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

In our last post, we talked about a few of the more commonplace myths surrounding Michigan divorce law, and spelled out the truth in each case. In this post, we’re doing more of the same. Let’s dig right in. Support Payment Arrangements Favor Women Spousal support, a.k.a. alimony, suffers from the same mythology that custody (covered in our first post) ...

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Michigan Divorce Law Mythbusting, Part I

December 5, 2016
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

There’s no area of the law that isn’t prone to misunderstandings and myths, and Michigan divorce law definitely has more than its fair share. It’s time to get around to disproving some of the silliness you’ve probably been told about Michigan divorces. Let’s dive right in. If Your Ex Doesn’t Pay Child Support, You Can Keep Your Child Away Sorry, ...

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Prepare for a Friend of the Court Conciliation Conference

December 1, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Traditionally, when a parent filed for divorce, the Michigan family courts entered a temporary child custody order and a temporary child support order — both in favor of the parent that was filing the divorce paperwork. Obviously, this wasn’t particularly fair. More importantly, it frequently served as an involuntary ‘first shot’ that sparked wars between parents that might otherwise have ...

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Lies, Social Media, Relationships, and Fear

November 28, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

If this past election cycle has taught us one thing, it’s that the Internet is not a safe place to get your information. (The fact that I’m writing this on a blog is an irony I am intensely aware of.) Recently, the New York Times interviewed a gentleman who professed to make a six-figure salary writing news stories that he ...

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Statistical Silliness: Wedding Dates and Divorce Rates

November 24, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Weddings happen literally every day, but there are some days that are more popular than others. Romantics often get married on Valentine’s day. One of the folks that works for me got married on Friday, October 13th of the year 2000 because it was the only Friday the 13th that was a full moon and in the autumn until 2068. ...

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What If (S)he Doesn’t Pay Child Support?

November 21, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

So you’ve managed to make it through the divorce, get your life mostly back on track, and you’re finally realizing your potential as a self-actualized independent person. You’re not really on top of all the bills quite yet, but it’s just a matter of time at this point: your first and second jobs are both going well, and you’ve got ...

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What Donald Trump Means for Michigan Family Law

November 17, 2016
Posted in: Michigan Law

It’s a virtual necessity that someone talk about it at some point: it’s time to get into what Donald Trump’s election means for Michigan family law attorneys and their clients across our state. We’ve heard quite a bit about how this group or that group will suffer this or that horrible fate, and the vast majority of it is ill-informed ...

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Getting a Common-Law Marriage Recognized in Michigan

November 14, 2016
Posted in: Michigan Law

In many states across the Union, common-law marriage (defined in layman’s terms as “living together long enough that the law counts you as married even though you never got a marriage license”) is a legal status that you can find yourself in today. Common-law marriages can still be entered into in the states of: Alabama (though only until January 1, ...

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