Category: Family Law

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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Michigan Family Law: Established Custodial Environment

How does the Established Custodial Environment affect your Michigan Family Law matter? If an established custodial environment exists with one parent then custody can be changed only upon a showing of clear and convincing evidence that there has been significant change in circumstances and that the custody change is in the best interests of the [..]

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Michigan Divorce: Mediation

Michigan Divorce: Mediation One of the forms of Alternative Dispute Resolution is Michigan Divorce Mediation.   Michigan Divorce Mediation is the process by which two parties, who may or may not be represented by counsel, meet with a 3rd party neutral mediator to help them reach joint decisions.  The process requires listening, open-mindedness and hard work.   [..]

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Michigan Divorce: COBRA

After a Michigan Divorce what benefits must be covered under COBRA? If you elect continuation coverage, the coverage you are given after a Michigan Divorce must be identical to the coverage currently available under the plan to similarly situated active employees and their families (generally, this is the same coverage that you had immediately before [..]

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Michigan Divorce: Property Distribution and the Business Appraisal

Property distribution is an important part of the Michigan Divorce process.  There are two ways to divide marital property during a Michigan divorce. This first is to enter into an agreement with your spouse regarding who gets what. If you and your spouse can agree on a division that seems fair to both, you can [..]

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