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Child Support Myths Exposed: The Deadbeat Dads

January 26, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody

There are some stories common to American culture that have known roots in real events or people. The Robber Barons. The hippies. The Lone Ranger. But then there are other ideas equally common to American culture that are just stories we tell each other. Some have absolutely no basis in reality, like the ‘razor blades in apples’ story. Some are ...

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Pension in Military Divorces: the Law has Changed

January 23, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

In December of 2016, every state had its own laws about how military divorces handled pensions. Most states handle all pensions the same way: by giving the spouse a percentage of the pension equal to the percentage of years-married to years-worked, divided by 2. For example, if you worked for 20 years to earn your pension, and you were married ...

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Cards for Humanity…Or At Least for Struggling Co-Parents

January 19, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Divorce is hard. But it’s not just the emotional rollercoaster and the adversarial headbutting in court — even after all that is over, you wake up the morning after and you face the task of reconfiguring your life. That’s difficult enough when you’re only taking care of yourself…if you have a child or three, the challenge grows exponentially. It gets ...

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The Devil is in the Details: Family Court Appeals are Tricky

January 12, 2017
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

I was talking over a minor but interesting case with a few of my colleagues this week, and someone pointed out the lesson to be found. I liked the example enough that I decided to turn it into a blog post. The case is Bergh v. Bergh [PDF], and in short, the story is this: Two fairly well-off people were ...

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Marriage Troubles: Talking About Seeing a Therapist

January 9, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

In our last post, we talked a bit about how a couple can easily end up skipping the ‘let’s talk to a relationship counselor’ phase of a large martial dispute, and end up going straight to ‘let’s get a divorce.’ That’s a shame, and to help combat it, we introduced a few steps designed to make sure ‘the talk’ about ...

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Marriage Troubles: Try a Therapist Before You Try a Lawyer  

January 5, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

One of the most devastating realizations a comfortably married person can have is that the other person in their relationship isn’t happy with the way the marriage is working out. And because oftentimes people don’t effectively communicate, it’s frequently the case that the first warning you’ll have that your spouse wants to get a divorce is the paper you get ...

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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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