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The Michigan Adoption Process: What You Can Expect

September 29, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

Up until 1995, adopting a child in Michigan required a legal termination of the rights of birth parents before the adoption process could even begin and the child could be placed with adoptive parents. Further, adoptions could only take place through the Michigan Department of Human Services (DHS) or state-licensed child-placement agencies. Thanks to changes in state laws, the situation ...

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An Overview of Michigan Adoption Laws

September 25, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

For some individuals and couples, adopting may turn out to be the best path for starting a family. For others, it is a way to expand an already-established family while also helping abandoned or otherwise needy children in search of a loving home. Adoption may be done domestically or on an international level. Children may come from a parent or ...

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How Is Property and Debt Divided in a Michigan Divorce?

September 22, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

During the course of a marriage, even a relatively short one, you and your spouse might accumulate a lot. Not only could you build a life that includes homes, cars, furniture, bank accounts, and a lot of other assets, but you might also rack up quite a bit of debt in the process, including a mortgage and any number of ...

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How Do I Go About Adopting My Stepchild in Michigan?

September 18, 2017
Posted in: Adoption

There is a growing culture of blended families that feature children from multiple unions, or children being raised by one natural parent and his/her new spouse. It’s not surprising in such situations that stepparents would become interested in adopting the children they’re helping to raise. Being a good parent doesn’t necessarily require you to share DNA with a child – ...

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Division of Retirement Benefits in Michigan Divorce

September 15, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

When adults enter into the contract of marriage, it is generally with the knowledge that “mine” now becomes “ours”. Shared finances mean that anything one spouse owns becomes the property of both, unless otherwise stated via prenuptial agreement, and even prenups have some limits concerning what is considered reasonable. Going into a divorce, then, you’re probably aware of the fact ...

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5 Apps That Ease the Stress of Post-Divorce Parenting

September 11, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Ending relationships is never easy, but time and distance help to heal the wounds that precipitated the break-up. The process is made a lot more difficult when you have to continue interacting with the person you’ve recently split from. Unfortunately, this is exactly what divorced parents have to deal with. This can put a lot of stress on parents trying ...

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The Impact of Social Media Activity in Family Law Disputes

September 8, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

There are both benefits and drawbacks associated with social media. On the one hand, these platforms allow you to connect with family and friends, to share the events of your daily life, and to express yourself in new and creative ways. Then there is the flipside, whereby knee-jerk reactions can live in infamy and virtual unfriending can lead to real-world ...

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The Basics of Grandparents’ Rights in Michigan

September 4, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

Children are a blessing, not only to their parents, but to the many relatives who experience the joy they bring and who come to love them as they grow. In an ideal world, everyone would get along and children and adults alike could benefit from loving and supportive familial relationships that include extended family members like grandparents. Unfortunately, parents and ...

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FAQs About Gaining Visitation Rights As a Grandparent in Michigan

September 1, 2017
Posted in: Divorce

Many modern households require two incomes, which can leave parents with a tough choice – what to do with young children during the day. Daycare is an expensive and often undesirable option, but grandparents may provide an alternative solution. Naturally, family situations differ, but with many grandparents enjoying free time and good health well into retirement, helping out with childcare ...

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Child Support Enforcement in Michigan

August 28, 2017
Posted in: Child Custody, Divorce

As the biological parent of a child, you shoulder a heavy burden, whether you are a mother or a father. Not only are parents legally responsible for the health and welfare of their children, but they also have financial responsibilities that can extend beyond a marriage or co-existing situation. When you split from your romantic partner or spouse, your obligations ...

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