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Change of Circumstances or Proper Cause

Some time has passed since the entry of your last custody and parenting time Order.   You now want to change parenting time but are not sure how accomplish the change.  It is well understood that child custody, parenting time and child support are always modifiable until the child reaches the age of 18. However, the [..]

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Michigan Family Law: Back to School

It is about that time of year whereby  parents are involved with back to school shopping and tracking down the ever growing list of back to school supplies.   In a few weeks the children will be back in school to meet new teachers, friends and to adjust to a different routine.  The transition back to [..]

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Michigan Divorce, should I keep the home?

Michigan Divorce, should I keep the home? As a Michigan Divorce attorney, a common question that I receive from our clients is should I keep the marital home?  The answer that I usually provide is that I am not trying to be evasive but the answer to that question depends on numerous factors. A house [..]

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Michigan Parenting Time

Michigan Parenting Time How can you as a parent help your child(ren) with the separation from either a divorce or a relationship breakup?  The following is intended to be a general guideline and not an exhaustive list of potential issues that occur with Michigan Parenting Time. Michigan Parenting Time: Life Changes. A major cause of [..]

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Michigan Child Custody

  By: Robert J. Stelmock, Divorce Attorney & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC There are few things more stressful and emotionally fraught than a child custody or parenting time case. As a parent, you are worried about being able to protect your rights to see and care for your children. Unfortunately, Michigan’s child custody [..]

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Guardian Ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litem: what are they? A Guardian Ad Litem, also known as GAL, is someone designated by a Judge to investigate and represent the best interests of a child.  The court, if it determines that the minor’s interests are inadequately represented, may appoint a lawyer– GAL MCL 722.24(2). The role of the lawyer–GAL is [..]

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Divorce in Michigan

Residency Requirements: If you are seeking a Divorce in Michigan there are residency requirements which must be met to file for divorce in Michigan. In order to file for divorce in Michigan, the individual filing the complaint for divorce, or that persons spouse, must have resided in the state of Michigan for at least six [..]

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Michigan Family Law: Establishing Paternity

Establishing paternity is important for unmarried couples in the event their relationship ends.  Establishing paternity provides a mother an ability to enforce child support orders or, in some cases, reunite estranged fathers with their children.  Establishing paternity provides a parent the opportunity to seek custody, parenting time or child support. Paternity can be established when: [..]

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Wayne County Circuit Court Family Law: Judge Helal A. Farhat

Wayne County Circuit Court Family Law Judge Helal A. Farhat was appointed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer on March 28, 2019 to replace Judge Connie Marie Kelley; who retired from the court’s Family Division in January 2019.  Before being appointed as Wayne County Family Law Judge, Judge Helal A. Farhat has been an attorney with the Farhat & [..]

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Michigan Child Support: Formula

Michigan Child Support Support is ordered by the Court to help a party pay for the cost of raising a child. Said support is paid each month from the payor to the payee and the terms for same are contained in a Uniform Child Support Order. Support typically terminates when a child turns eighteen or [..]

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