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Creating a Parenting Schedule That Fits Your Family Needs

Raising a child in separate homes after a divorce or separation comes with its share of challenges, some of which arise from differences in approaches to parenting and discipline. A well-crafted parenting time schedule helps overcome some of these challenges by assuring predictability and consistency for both the parents and children. A good schedule also Read More

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Can Alimony Be Modified After a Divorce?

For individuals considering the possibility of divorce and the likelihood of either paying or receiving alimony payments, one of the most common questions is whether such payments can ever change. Alimony is awarded in a divorce proceeding based on the financial circumstances of the spouses at the time. However, one or both ex-spouses may experience Read More

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Alternatives to Selling the Marital Home

During a divorce where property is being divided, certain assets may be challenging for the spouses to parcel out. This is particularly true for the marital home. In addition to having sentimental value and being a nurturing place for children, the family home is often a couple’s largest single asset. Although Michigan law includes the Read More

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Why DIY Divorce is Seldom a Good Idea

Although most people hire an attorney when getting divorced, the court system does allow individuals to represent themselves. A self-represented litigant — also known as one appearing “pro se” — can file their own paperwork, submit their own evidence and argue for themselves throughout the divorce proceeding. But just because the court system permits a Read More

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Advantages of Divorce Mediation Over Litigation

Some divorce cases turn into bitter, stressful and expensive court battles that can last for months or even years. However, most divorces can be resolved without a struggle if the spouses reach an agreement on essential matters, such as child custody, child support, spousal support and property division. One effective tool for forging such an Read More

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Can You Challenge Your Prenup When Getting Divorced?

Prenuptial agreements, also known as antenuptial agreements, are legally recognized in Michigan. Courts tend to favor allowing two consenting adults to define their financial rights and obligations in the event of a divorce. While prenuptial agreements are typically seen as a way for a wealthier spouse to protect his or her assets, they can also Read More

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Settling Disputes Over Educational Choices in Child Custody Cases

How and where a child will be educated can be a particularly contentious matter for divorced parents. One reason for this is that there are so many options for both primary and secondary education. Public schools, private schools, parochial schools and even homeschooling programs are among the possible choices. Some of these educational paths carry Read More

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When Can Separately Owned Assets Be Part of Equitable Distribution?

In many divorce cases, one of the major issues is how assets will be divided between the spouses — a process known as equitable distribution. There are two types of property to be considered in this regard: separate and marital. Separate property is any asset that one spouse owned prior to the marriage or acquired Read More

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Facing Divorce and Bankruptcy: Which Should Come First?

Divorce and bankruptcy can be difficult and traumatic experiences. Unfortunately, some people suffer both in short succession. Financial problems often lead to marriages dissolving and divorce typically has financial consequences for both spouses. Although it is possible to file for divorce and bankruptcy at the same time, this is usually impractical. A common question is Read More

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