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What You Should Know about Michigan’s 100-Mile Law

April 27, 2018
Posted in: Michigan Law

When parents divorce, they naturally split up the familial household.  One parent may remain in the familial home with children while the other finds a new place to live, or parents may elect to sell a home and split the proceeds, with each moving to new homes, just for example. However, one parent may decide to leave not only the ...

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When is It Appropriate to Introduce a New Partner to Your Children after a Divorce?

April 23, 2018
Posted in: Divorce, Tips

Divorce, in and of itself, is a difficult and heartbreaking process, especially when children are involved.  The hope, of course, is that parents can overcome their differences in order to effectively co-parent in the wake of a divorce. Over time, the pain of divorce should fade, making it easier for parents to get along, especially if both are committed to ...

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5 Things You Should Know about Stepparent Adoption in Michigan

April 20, 2018
Posted in: Adoption

With roughly 1 in 3 marriages ending in divorce (and divorce rates even higher in cases of subsequent marriages), it should come as no surprise that plenty of children in America are now living in blended households.  In an ideal world, the biological parents would both maintain a presence in their children’s lives, and biological parents and stepparents would all ...

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Divorce in Michigan Caused by Infidelity

April 16, 2018
Posted in: Divorce

Regardless of the reason two people decide to get divorced, the process can be difficult, from both a practical and an emotional standpoint.  However, when the cause for divorce is infidelity, the proceedings can become much more contentious.  In the state of Michigan, no-fault divorce means that no blame is assigned during divorce proceedings.  However, fault could play a role ...

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Social Security Retirement Benefits and Michigan Divorce

April 9, 2018
Posted in: Divorce, Michigan Law

When a couple decides to marry and share their lives, they may not be fully aware of the financial amifications of their decision.  After marriage, their financial situations become intertwined.  Whether they elect to merge bank accounts and savings or they keep things separate, the legal truth is that what belongs to one belongs to the other.  This includes retirement ...

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The Most Common Myths about Grandparents’ Rights in Michigan

April 2, 2018
Posted in: Michigan Law

When a couple decides to divorce, they are not the only ones affected.  The ripple affects spread to children and extended family members like grandparents.  If the divorce is contentious, it could become very difficult for grandparents and grandchildren to spend time together, which can be devastating for everyone involved. There is an assumption that grandparents have no rights where ...

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What You Need to Know About Adopting Your Stepchild in Michigan

March 9, 2018
Posted in: Adoption, Divorce

Blended families are becoming more and more common with the rise in divorce rates over the last few decades, and there are times when it makes sense for a stepparent to consider adopting a stepchild, for legal, practical, and emotional reasons. However, this can be difficult to accomplish, especially if a noncustodial parent still has legal rights and refuses to ...

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What to Do After Being Served With Divorce Papers in Michigan

March 5, 2018
Posted in: Divorce

Being served with divorce papers can turn your world upside down, even if you’ve been separated from your spouse and a divorce is not entirely unexpected. The heightened emotions of this stressful situation can cause you to act in ways that only serve to further complicate the proceedings and that are not in your best interest in the long run. ...

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What Can Fathers Do to Make Divorce Easier on Their Kids?

March 2, 2018
Posted in: Divorce

Divorce is a difficult and heartbreaking process for everyone involved. The loss of a loving relationship can be extremely difficult for adults, but parents cannot get so caught up in their own feelings that they trample on the feelings of their children. As a father, you’d give anything to keep your kids safe, healthy, and happy. During a divorce, this ...

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How to Navigate the Ups and Downs of a Michigan Divorce

February 26, 2018
Posted in: Divorce

In any divorce proceeding, there are going to be ups and downs as separating parties try to deal with the emotional and logistical concerns of legal separation. It may help to have some idea of what the process will entail before you begin, and a qualified attorney can help you to understand and navigate the process. Here’s what you can ...

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