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What is the Revocation of Paternity Act? Part 2

This article is the second in our series regarding Michigan’s Revocation of Paternity Act.  Last time, 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.  This time, we will dig a little deeper into how the Act actually works. […]

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Checklist for Alternative Dispute Resolution

Alternate Dispute Resolution offers choice of dispute resolution processes to attorneys and their clients. The benefits of each type must be balanced with their challenges and costs. These processes can be used in relationships other than divorcing couples, but the chart in the checklist linked below is intended primarily for use in family law related […]

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Alternative Dispute Resolution Brochure

Understanding the differences between mediation, arbitration, and collaborative practice can be difficult. The State Bar of Michigan has released a brochure that clearly outlines the differences between each of these alternative methods of dispute resolution. Click on the link below to read it yourself and get clear understanding about alternative dispute resolution and various forms […]

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What is the Revocation of Paternity Act? Part 1

Michigan’s laws for determining who was – or was not – a child’s father had long been a complicated, counter-intuitive mess. On June 12, 2012, a new law – the Revocation of Paternity Act – stepped into the breach to try to clean things up. As its name suggests, it established new legal procedures for […]

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FAQs for Mediation of Divorce and Family Law Matters

If you’re considering using mediation to resolve a divorce or other family law matter — or you’re attorney representing a client who is considering doing so — this document from the State Bar of Michigan should answer many of the questions you have. Feel free to download it, print it and pass it on. FAQs […]

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Should I Hire a Lawyer for my Family Law Case?

The decision of whether to hire an attorney to represent you in your family law case can be boiled down to a cost-benefit analysis.  Lawyers are not free, so the question becomes whether having an attorney provides enough return on investment to outweigh what you will pay him or her to represent you.  A brief […]

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How can I use a PPO to Protect Myself from Domestic Violence?

Though often not talked about, domestic violence is one of the most significant problems that people involved in family law cases face.  To make matters worse, the loss of control that a domestic abuser often experiences during a family law case can often lead the abuser to become even more threatening, violent, and abusive.  So, […]

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Can I get a Divorce in Michigan if my Spouse Lives out of State?

It often happens that one or the other parties to a marriage files for divorce while the parties are still living together. In fact, depending on the situation, some couples remain living together even after their divorce is final. However, it is also often the case that the parties have already separated by the time […]

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Asset Considerations in Divorce

In Michigan divorces, courts strive for an equitable (though not necessarily precisely equal) division of property. In order to make a fair and just division, a judge will need to consider what assets are truly part of the marital estate and what they are really worth. Separate or Marital Property? In order to divide property, […]

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How to Handle Denial of Visitation Rights

Under Michigan law, what is commonly known as “visitation” is actually called “parenting time.” This is a deliberate choice of words, intended to eliminate the idea that one parent is “custodial” and the other “visits” the kids. Instead, both parents have “parenting time,” time that is designated for them and their children to be together, […]

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