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When Does Family Life Require a Legal Expert?

Family can be the cornerstone of our lives, a source of love and support. But even the strongest family relationships can face challenges that require legal remedies. Several situations might arise that make it prudent to call upon a family law attorney who can offer guidance and take actions to achieve fair solutions, as well Read More

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Prenuptial Agreements in Michigan

Prenuptial agreements, also known as premarital agreements, have gained increasing popularity in recent years as more couples enter marriages with their own financial interests and assets. Prenups allow individuals to outline the terms of property division, spousal support, debt management and other issues, thereby avoiding disputes and uncertainties should the marriage end. However, it’s important Read More

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Can Grandparents Be Granted Visitation Rights in Michigan?

Child custody and visitation usually are the concerns of divorced or separated parents, but sometimes other family members claim to have an interest in being part of a child’s upbringing. This occurs most frequently when grandparents feel their relationship with the child is being interrupted. In Michigan, parents generally have the right to deny grandparents’ Read More

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Michigan Prenups and Postnups — What They Can and Cannot Do

Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are typically thought of as ways for wealthy individuals to shield their assets from gold-digging spouses. But prenups and postnups have become common in many marriages, even when the spouses are on equal financial footings. A fair agreement can allow each spouse to make independent financial and property arrangements during the Read More

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Enforcing a Personal Protection Order Against Domestic Violence

Domestic violence is a general term defining the use of force or intimidation against someone in a close relationship, such as a spouse, intimate partner, child or other relative or household member. It is a common occurrence that can result in bodily harm and even death. Fortunately, there are means by which victims can obtain Read More

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Working Out Plans Under Michigan’s New Parenting Time Guidelines

Between work, school and extracurricular activities, it’s common for parents and children to have busy calendars. When family members don’t all live in the same household, parenting time must be scheduled to achieve a fair balance. The Michigan State Court Administrator’s Office recently published parenting time guidelines meant to assist parents with creating schedules that Read More

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Should You Consider a Postnuptial Agreement?

A postnuptial agreement is essentially the same as a prenup except that it is created after you are married. It is a legal contract setting out how your assets and debts will be allocated if you should end up getting divorced. However, postnuptial agreements until recently were not enforceable in Michigan, as judges tended to Read More

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Factors to Be Considered in Awarding Spousal Support in Michigan

Under Michigan law, courts decide whether to award spousal support and how much to award based on a number of factors. The primary goal behind spousal support — also known as alimony — is to equalize the lifestyles of the parties, making sure that one spouse doesn’t experience a significant diminishment in their quality of Read More

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Who Gets the Family Home in a Divorce?

For many couples, their home is their biggest asset. Thus, it makes sense for people to be worried about how they’re going to deal with ownership of their house when they get divorced. Generally, there are three ways to divide real estate in a divorce. You can sell the house and split the proceeds, one Read More

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How to Deal with Children’s Extracurricular and Post-majority Expenses After Divorce

In Michigan, the court sets child support based on a number of factors, including how much money the parents make, how many children the couple has and how much time the children will spend with either parent. The typical child support order covers the costs associated with the child’s housing, food, clothing and medical care. Read More

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