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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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Freedom, Family Law, and Fringe Beliefs

November 10, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

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 ...

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Love Your Lawyer Day? Really?

November 7, 2016
Posted in: Firm News

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? ...

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Separate Maintenance or Divorce: Which is Right for You?

November 3, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

“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 ...

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Custody Evaluation, Part 2: How to Prepare

October 31, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

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 ...

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