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Help! My Ex is Dating a Sex Offender!

We often advise our clients that, once the courts are involved in your life, everything you do is under a microscope.  We tell clients that they should consider every decision through the lens of “How would this look if this was brought up in court in front of the Judge?” We recently had a case […]

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Leading the Charge for Collaborative Divorce

If you’ve talked to either of our attorneys for more than about five minutes, they have probably talked to you about Collaborative Divorce.  We are seriously passionate about this growing trend in resolving divorce cases openly and transparently, through a series of meetings in a team-based setting. We truly feel Collaborative Divorce is the best […]

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How Your Annual Bonus Will Figure Into Support

The end of the year is approaching, and, with that, hopefully many of you will be earning annual bonuses from your employers.  Around this time of year (or in the Spring, when they are often paid out), we get questions from our clients going through divorces as to how their bonuses will be handled in […]

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Principled Solutions for Family Disputes

Hopefully, you will never need a family law attorney, and any family law issues you may have can be best handled though the intercession of your clergy or other therapeutic counseling. If you’ve explored those options unsuccessfully, or they are no longer feasible, such matters may still be handled in a logical, moral and respectful […]

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What is a Divorce?

We all know someone who has had a divorce, and we all have a basic concept of what the term means.  But what really is a divorce in the State of Michigan?  Let’s take a moment to explore it a bit. First of all, a divorce is a lawsuit.  It is technically an adversary proceeding.  […]

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What Happens to the Equity in our House if we get Divorced?

With the economy and the housing market much healthier now than in the recent past, more and more people now actually have equity in their houses – i.e. their houses are worth more than they owe on them.  This is a good thing.  However, it creates another issue that needs to be dealt with in […]

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Jurisdiction: the Pesky Principle that can Hijack your Case

A major advantage of hiring an experienced family law attorney is the peace of mind of knowing your attorney will identify and competently handle any legal land mines that may be hidden in the facts of your case.  These are the issues that would likely be missed by people representing themselves or attorneys who merely […]

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What If It’s NOT the "Most Wonderful Time of the Year?"

The Holiday Season. We all know what it is supposed to be about: relaxing, the joy of giving, family, and togetherness. That is what we all want for ourselves and for our families. The reality is that, for many of us – maybe most of us – our holidays won’t be much like that, no […]

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Court of Appeals Upholds Ban on Same-Sex Marriage

For those watching the news recently, you likely saw that a major – and surprising – decision came out of the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, November 6, 2014. Specifically, the two conservatives on a three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals sided with Attorney General Bill Schuette and the State of Michigan […]

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What is the Revocation of Paternity Act? Part 3

This article is the third in our series regarding Michigan’s Revocation of Paternity Act.  In our first installment, we discussed why the Act was enacted, the terminology used in the Act, and the ways in which the Act allows someone to revoke paternity.  In our second article, we dug a little deeper into how the […]

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