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Divorce Process in Michigan – The First Steps

If you or your spouse has decided to get a divorce, beginning to familiarize yourself with the divorce process in Michigan is a necessary step to avoid complications, unnecessary legal fees, and peace of mind. Family law is personal in nature, and the results of your divorce will undoubtedly impact your life and the lives of your children. The  negative impact that divorce can have on your family can be lessened if both parties educate themselves on the process and guidelines of divorce in Michigan.  Read more

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Rasheed Wallace’s divorce case becomes complicated

A high-profile divorce case involving a popular and former member of the NBA’s Detroit Pistons is illustrating how divorce can become complicated when jurisdiction comes into question.

Former Piston Rasheed Wallace successfully had entered a divorce decree in North Carolina earlier in the month. Now, his wife is claiming that, because both members of the couple allegedly reside in Michigan, North Carolina courts cannot make decisions regarding their divorce. Read more

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Detroit area woman fights sperm donor for child custody

Child custody cases can be complex even for traditional marriages. These matters become more convoluted when the case features sub plots that land within gray areas of divorce law.

Take, for instance, the current case of a Metro Detroit woman. The 44-year-old lesbian has found herself fighting for custody and for the status as legal parent of her three children. Read more

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Gov. Rick Snyder signs legislation that changes rules for establishing paternity for kids on welfare

Some new state legislation, recently signed into law by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, is poised to make a profound impact on how paternity is established within the state of Michigan for parents with children on welfare.

Governor Snyder, who signed 13 bills into law on Dec. 17, said that the aim was to keep the child support system in Michigan running smoothly, providing children and families with the resources they both need and deserve.  Read more

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Signs of a Toxic Relationship

Divorce often garners a negative stigma as the easy way out for couples that don’t want to put any time or effort into salvaging their relationships. However, in most cases, the relationship has been damaged beyond repair and divorce is the only viable option. The hard part is determining when a relationship is irreparable.   Read more

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The Truth About Current Divorce Rates

Many individuals oversimplify divorce rates, both here in Michigan, and throughout the rest of the United States, making it appear that divorce is more prevalent than it really is. Just recently, a faculty member at the University of Michigan contributed data to a Today.com story that uncovered the fact that divorce rates are actually a lot lower than many people think.  Read more

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Detroit Man Facing Serious Child Support Woes

The child support system in Michigan can be an imperfect one. A clerical error or false information often makes victims out of perfectly innocent men or women. This is a lesson that a Detroit man is learning as he works through a debacle that has him owing the state $30,000 for a child that he did not father. Read more

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Children of Divorce

As prevalent as it is today, divorce is a relatively common way of life. The Michigan State University Extension recently released an article that highlighted data revealing that, in 2011, 3.6 per 1,000 marriages ended in divorce. Here in Michigan, that number was right around the average at 3.4 per every thousand. Read more