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Michigan Child Support Laws

2022-08-04T16:59:41-04:00August 4th, 2022|

Child Support in Michigan The State of Michigan defines child support as the court ordered payment of money from one parent to another for the purpose of caring for a child. Generally speaking, these payments cover costs for healthcare, childcare, educational expenses, etc. Because parents have the obligation to support their children whether they [...]

Alimony in Michigan

2022-07-31T10:42:45-04:00July 31st, 2022|

Alimony in Michigan The divorce process is an emotional experience for all involved parties. Couples may feel periods of great stress, depression, anxiety, anger, or confusion. While riding this emotional roller coaster, the divorcing pair must make important decisions regarding splitting marital assets. Also, each party must look at an equitable division of future [...]

Michigan Child Custody Forms

2021-08-20T10:31:09-04:00August 20th, 2021|

Custody forms are an integral part of the Michigan family court process. These forms are used to formally document custody and parenting time decisions, orders and changes. Due to the often complex nature of child custody and parenting time disputes, these forms are required in order to ensure everything is properly recorded and sorted out. [...]

Child Custody in Michigan

2021-08-19T16:27:05-04:00August 19th, 2021|

Child custody refers to how Michigan Courts determine who cares for a child when parents split after a divorce; or, when unmarried couples do not share the same residence.  Michigan Law prefers the child sees both parents as this is usually in the best interest of the developing person. Custody agreements determine where a child [...]

Back to School COVID Vaccinations

2021-07-30T09:25:13-04:00July 30th, 2021|

The K-12 schooling situation since early 2020 in Michigan has been tumultuous to say the least. Between lockdowns, forced remote learning and concerns over social distancing and reducing the spread of COVID, it has been far from normal. Now, with the upcoming 2021-2022 school year, there is a concerted effort to bring learning back to [...]

COVID Divorce

2021-07-20T10:06:22-04:00July 20th, 2021|

Predicted COVID Divorce Spike The past year and a half has been tumultuous to say the least. Many lives have been turned upside down socially, financially or both. Isolation and restricted movement through stay-at-home orders have caused significant changes in our society and how we function in our everyday lives, especially in states with heavy [...]

Best Interest of the Child

2021-03-17T16:07:00-04:00March 17th, 2021|

Child Custody – Best Interest of the Child Michigan uses a specific legal standard for determining child custody in most cases. This legal standard is known as “Best Interest of the Child.” As the name suggests, this means custody is awarded to the parent or guardian whom the court determines would best serve the child’s [...]

Grounds For Divorce

2022-07-15T14:53:04-04:00March 17th, 2021|

Grounds for Divorce in Michigan Michigan is a no-fault divorce state which means that, unlike many other states, there does not have to be a specific justifiable cause for one or both parties to initiate a divorce. The only standard required for a divorce in Michigan, is covered under MCL 552.6(1), which requires one or [...]

Divorce Moving Out Checklist

2022-07-15T14:57:07-04:00March 15th, 2021|

Five-Point Divorce Moving Out Checklist The decision to move out is often very difficult when contemplating or going through a divorce. This decision is further complicated when children are involved. For instance, there may be an existing court order or judgement regarding child custody. There may also be uncertainty as to how the child [...]

Personal Protection Order

2020-08-31T14:22:40-04:00August 31st, 2020|

In Michigan, a Personal Protection Order (also known as a PPO) is a court order to stop threats or violence against an individual. The primary purpose of a PPO is to protect individuals from someone who is threatening, hurting, stalking and/or harassing them. An individual can receive a PPO from a circuit court judge if [...]

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