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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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How Does a Finding of Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

Domestic violence is a serious problem that can play a significant role in how courts award custody of children in divorce cases and post-decree child support cases. But it is not always simple to decide whether certain conduct rises to the level of domestic violence. In a recent decision, a Michigan appeals court stated that Read More

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Child Support Modification Based on COVID-19 Layoffs and Closures

With businesses reeling and people experiencing layoffs and furloughs due to the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understandable that many parents are worried about how they’re going to continue meeting their child support obligations. If you have experienced a reduction in your income, you may be able to get your child support obligation temporarily or permanently reduced. Read More

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How Michigan School Closures During COVID-19 May Affect Parenting Time

The coronavirus pandemic has upended just about every aspect of family life. With kids returning to school amid the threat of rolling shutdowns, it is understandable if divorced or separated parents are concerned about how the potential for school closures could impact their parenting schedules. Obviously, almost no parent out there considered the possibility of Read More

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Do’s and Don’ts of Seeking Custody and Parenting Time in Michigan

The thought of losing time with your child is challenging in any case. When custody and parenting time decisions are in the hands of a judge, it can feel like the most important relationship of your life is left to the will of a stranger. But going through a custody conflict in Michigan does not Read More

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How to Prepare Yourself for a Divorce in Michigan

The sadness and turmoil of ending a relationship can easily distract a person from the objective focus needed during a divorce. Common mistakes include treating a divorce like a competition or rushing to resolve issues in hopes of getting the process over with. A thoughtful, strategic approach to your divorce can save you time, money Read More

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Can Michigan Custody and Parenting Time Be Affected By Where You Live?

After your marriage ends, you may want to start fresh by moving away. Your new financial situation in fact may price you out of the area where you previously lived. However, it is important to know that when it comes to child custody and parenting time, location matters. If you share custody of your child Read More

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How a Coronavirus-related Income Loss Could Affect Your Alimony and Child Support

Many people have faced a job loss or reduction in income due the coronavirus pandemic. In such a case it might be difficult for an ex-spouse paying alimony or a parent sending child support to keep up with their obligation. As these orders are based on the financial circumstances that existed at the time they Read More

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