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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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Prepare for a Friend of the Court Conciliation Conference
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 ...CONTINUE READING
Lies, Social Media, Relationships, and Fear
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 ...CONTINUE READING
Statistical Silliness: Wedding Dates and Divorce Rates
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. ...CONTINUE READING
What If (S)he Doesn’t Pay Child Support?
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 ...CONTINUE READING
What Donald Trump Means for Michigan Family 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 ...CONTINUE READING
Getting a Common-Law Marriage Recognized in Michigan
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, ...CONTINUE READING
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