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Family Law Mediation

In Michigan, most Family Court Judges require mediation after a divorce, custody, or other family law case is filed.  Mediation does not have to be Court Ordered as the parties can agree via a Consent Order to attend Mediation. Family Law Mediation and Process Family Law Mediation is a process in which an impartial third [..]

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Alimony: Tax Reform Impacting Divorces

Alimony and Current Law: Before the enactment of the 2017 Tax Reform Act alimony payments were deductible from the gross income of the payor and taxable as income to the recipient of the alimony. Under current Federal Law and until December 31, 2018, these payments will continue to be deductible from the gross income of [..]

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Paternity in Michigan

Unbeknownst to many parents seeking assistance with custody or support matters, the establishment of paternity in Michigan is often a significant first step for any legal matter involving the child(ren) of unmarried parties. Whether it is a father looking to exercise parenting time with a child who resides with his ex-girlfriend, or a mother hoping [..]

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Social Security Retirement Benefits and Michigan Divorce

SOCIAL SECURITY RETIREMENT BENEFITS AND MICHIGAN DIVORCE An older, divorcing couple rarely has more than one or two assets worth more than their Social Security rights. After a house and pension/retirement plans, Social Security is their next largest “asset.”  Yet it is rarely considered by their lawyers, mediators or the parties themselves. Few divorce lawyers [..]

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Michigan Divorce: frequently asked questions

This blog, Michigan Divorce: frequently asked questions, will answer the two questions that are asked most from divorce clients. What do I do prior to starting divorce proceedings?             Gathering Information.  Assemble as much information as possible regarding family financial matters. (1)  Include copies of tax returns for the last three years; (2) lists of [..]

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Michigan Alimony/Spousal Support Alive And Awarded

 In every action for divorce or separation brought before the court, either party may be required to pay alimony for the suitable support and maintenance of the adverse party.  MCL 552.13 Sec.13(1).  An award of alimony may be terminated by the court on the date that the party receiving the alimony remarries, unless a contrary [..]

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Michigan House Bill 4691

Michigan House Bill 4691 provides for significant revisions of the Child Custody Act.  Under the Child Custody Act, when a child custody dispute is before the circuit court, the court may take certain actions for the best interests of the child. These include awarding custody of the child to one or more of the parties [..]

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Hidden Marital Assets and Michigan Divorce

Hidden Marital Assets and Michigan Divorce Hidden Marital Assets.  In law, not many issues are black and white as most issues fall into the grey area.  However, Michigan divorce law is simple and to the point when it comes to hiding marital assets.  When getting a divorce in Michigan the law is black and white [..]

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Michigan Child Custody Trends: 1990 to 2015

Michigan Child custody is a term that refers to rights and responsibilities for each parent and child. Custody is a determination of the time a child is going to be with each parent and each parent’s responsibility to make decisions on behalf of the child. Michigan child custody can be modified to accommodate significant changes [..]

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Michigan Change of Domicile | Canton, MI Custody Lawyer

Michigan Change of Domicile Michigan Change of Domicile matters are one of the more challenging cases for families and family law attorneys. A Michigan Change of Domicile matter arises where two parents are parties to a custody arrangement and one parent is requesting to relocate. The Child Custody Act, MCL 722.21 et seq., governs all disputes [..]

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