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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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Freedom, Family Law, and Fringe Beliefs
The United States of America has quite a few ideas we hold quite sacred, even though they never appear in the Constitution or any other law. The freedom to travel, for example, is never guaranteed (as any parent with joint custody who wanted to leave the state can attest to). Another classic example is freedom of belief. We have laws ...CONTINUE READING
Love Your Lawyer Day? Really?
This last Friday (11/4) was Love Your Lawyer Day. Yes, Love Your Lawyer Day is a real thing — insofar as some people decided to make it a thing and told everybody that it’s a thing and no one really bothered to disagree. I mean, we have Grandparents’ Day and President’s Day and Boss’ Day, why not Lawyer Day? Right? ...CONTINUE READING
Separate Maintenance or Divorce: Which is Right for You?
“Legal separation” is a marital state that doesn’t exist in Michigan. Here, the equivalent is called “Married with Separate Maintenance.” The idea being to enforce the notion that you are still married, but still allow for the fact that the two of you are living independent lives, each paying their own way. Filing for Separate Maintenance The requirements for obtaining ...CONTINUE READING
Custody Evaluation, Part 2: How to Prepare
Please see Part 1 if you don’t have a firm grasp of what a custody evaluation consists of. One of the most confounding things about family law is that every person comes into each procedure with a unique agenda that is rarely obvious and equally rarely shared honestly. Custody evaluations are no exception. Many parents, for example, try to use ...CONTINUE READING
Custody Evaluation, Part I: What Is it?
Even under ideal circumstances, custody battles are tense, emotional situations that absolutely will affect the rest of your life. When you and your ex have serious issues like abuse, neglect, or parental unfitness in the mix, the court will schedule a custody evaluation. Yes, custody evaluations: when they happen, they’re a crucial part of how the court decides whether your ...CONTINUE READING
Your First Visit to a Family Law Firm
There are some things that are universally true; one of them is that you should only ever hire a family law firm you can trust. Regardless of any other bits of information you think you need, when you’re calling around talking to lawyers about a potential case you have, you should never run with an attorney that doesn’t seem like ...CONTINUE READING
Why Second Marriages Fail More Often
“Second marriages are the triumph of hope over experience.” — Samuel Johnson Anywhere you go in the world, it’s an inescapable fact that second marriages fail more often (about 60%) than first marriages (about 40%). And third marriages (about 70%) fail more often than second marriages, and so on. The obvious question is why. After all, it’s far less likely ...CONTINUE READING
The Sad Psychology of ‘Green Grass’ Divorces
You’ve heard the phrase: the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence. It refers to a completely normal aspect of human psychology wherein we consistently overvalue those things we don’t have in our lives, and consequently undervalue the things we do have. It’s occasionally (and quite cynically) restated as familiarity breeds contempt. This is a concept ...CONTINUE READING
Separation of Assets IAQ: Home Equity
Last month, we did a couple of IAQs — Infrequently Asked Questions — about child custody. We got a little bit of positive feedback about that, so we decided to do a similar short series about separation of assets. Today, we’re going to talk about one of the more interesting quirks about how the court handles equity. Premarital vs. Marital ...CONTINUE READING
Separation of Assets IAQ: When Divorce Goes SoL
Last month, we did a couple of IAQs — Infrequently Asked Questions — about child custody. We got a little bit of positive feedback about that, so we decided to do a similar short series about separation of assets. Today, we’re talking about the SoLs — that is to say, Statute of Limitations laws that affect division of assets. The ...CONTINUE READING