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Custody Evaluation, Part I: What Is it?

October 27, 2016
Posted in: Child Custody

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 ...

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Your First Visit to a Family Law Firm

October 24, 2016
Posted in: Michigan Law

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 ...

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Why Second Marriages Fail More Often

October 20, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

“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 ...

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The Sad Psychology of ‘Green Grass’ Divorces

October 17, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

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 ...

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Separation of Assets IAQ: Home Equity

October 13, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

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 ...

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Separation of Assets IAQ: When Divorce Goes SoL

October 10, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

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 ...

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Divorce Paperwork Matters: “Incorporated and Merged”

October 6, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

There are two parts to divorce paperwork. The first is the divorce agreement, which is what the two spouses create (and/or the court creates if the spouses cannot come to terms). The second is the judgment of divorce a.k.a. the divorce decree that a judge signs that actually ends a marriage and puts the court’s authority behind the divorce agreement. ...

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Changes in Child Custody Laws to Help Abuse Victims

October 3, 2016

Earlier this year, a number of measures passed that make divorce proceedings much easier on abuse victims, and we realized we hadn’t made a post about them, and that seemed like an oversight on our part. So we’re here to rectify the situation by summarizing the measures and their impacts today! The Measures, Summarized HB4476: Prevents the court from forcing ...

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How to Connect With Your Child During a Divorce, Part II

September 30, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Check back with Part I if you’re not sure what we’re on about; we’re going to dive right in here. Let Them Lead As a parent, it’s easy to slip into the role of leader — after all, that’s pretty literally been your job for 90% of their life to this point. But when it comes to connecting with a ...

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How to Connect With Your Child During a Divorce, Part I

September 26, 2016
Posted in: Divorce

Divorce is an all-consuming, emotionally-exhausting process. It’s incredibly hard to even function at times, much less take the wants and needs of another individual into account. No, we’re not talking about empathizing with your spouse (that’s a goal for the most highly-evolved human beings to shoot for and still miss) — we’re talking about connecting with your child. Making a ...

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