Joint Custody Bill Debate Hits Grand Rapids

Child custody matters are incredibly sensitive during a divorce. As divorce attorneys, we know there can enormous benefits to parents reaching agreement through Collaborative Divorce, but sometimes litigation is necessary. A judge’s custody determining is often challenged later on as life situations change and parents’ views on their children’s best interests vary.

Proposed Michigan legislation, however, would change the system and create a presumptive 50/50 child custody split. House Bill 4691, the Michigan Shared Parenting Act, passed a House Panel earlier this summer and lawmakers are now trying to send it to the house floor. Recently, a town hall was held in Grand Rapids to invite community discussion on the bill. Read more

Oddities in Divorce- a 2017 Recap

Divorce attorneys know that cases are as unique and varied as the individuals and families we serve. The opportunity to help people resolve their divorce, no matter the circumstance, makes every day a new challenge for our team.

Even with the knowledge that we should expect the unexpected, we still come across stories about divorce that grab our attention. Often times they are stories with a positive twist, and others feature headlines that seems too strange to be true. Here is a quick recap of some of those offbeat stories we have seen so far this year!

Unanswered Texts

A Taiwanese woman was granted a divorce over unanswered text messages. Over the course of six months, her husband rarely responded to her messages even though the phone showed he had read them. It took the woman being hospitalized after a car accident for him to send a message. The judge, however, found that the message “was about matters related to their dog and notified her there was mail for her, but he didn’t show any concern for her.” The court sided with the woman, citing the marriage was beyond repair.

Nearly One Million in Damages

This story started in 2014, when a Japanese woman admitted to breaking and entering her ex-husband’s home following their separation. It was not until this year, however, that the extent of her damage was discovered. Her ex-husband, a violin maker, had an extensive and expensive violin collection. She is suspected of destroying 54 violins and 70 bows while he was away on a business trip. The total damage according to police was $950,700.

Divorce Hotel Opens

The process is never easy, but a new Divorce Hotel in the UK hopes that a weekend away can help. Couples looking to divorce in a positive way can book a weekend at the hotel. They will stay in separate rooms but spend the weekend working with mediators and lawyers to finalize the terms of their divorce. Paperwork is typically filed before they leave, with the courts finalizing the process in the following weeks.

Though we do not have a hotel, we do know how beneficial mediation and Collaborative Divorce can be, and we have been helping Grand Rapids families through the process for years. If you want to learn more about how it can help you, contact our team of attorneys today!

Uncontested Divorce: What You Need to Know

Our team follows a simple commitment with every person we meet: we are determined to find the best legal solution for your family. Each case is unique, so our first step will always be to get to know you and your story. If there are no unresolved or disputed issues between you and your spouse, an uncontested divorce may be an option. Here are the fast facts: Read more

Health Care Debate Putting Divorces on Hold

The news cycle has been dominated for weeks by the debate on health care in our country. Recently, financial planners and divorce attorneys have taken notice of a new trend: some separating couples are delaying their divorces due to the uncertain future of health care.

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Finding a Positive From Separation & Divorce

Ending a relationship, whether by divorce, death, or breaking up before marriage, is an incredibly difficult time. Every person heals differently, but certainly everyone has to navigate both emotional healing and significant daily life changes.

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Filing for Divorce? Do These Things First.

Marriages dissolve for an infinite number of reasons, and our team of divorce attorneys hears something new every day. While divorce rates are on a downward trend, it remains a reality for many couples. If your marriage is headed towards divorce, there are several things you should do before filing papers.

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Keep the Fireworks in the Sky

Families across West Michigan recently spent a long weekend celebrating the Fourth of July. Independence Day is one of the American traditions most deeply rooted in family, friends and celebration.

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Collaborative Divorce FAQs

If you and your spouse have decided to get a divorce, there are likely countless questions pouring through your mind. Through our careers in family law, we have helped people from all walks of life find answers to some of those questions. Our attorneys are trained as Collaborative Divorce attorneys, and we have experienced how beneficial the process can be for people.
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Controversial Mandatory Joint Custody Law Passes House Panel

Potential new legislation, aiming to drastically change Michigan child custody laws, recently passed the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. We recently shared introductory information on the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jim Runestad, R- White Lake. Now that it has passed the Judiciary Committee, the bill still must make it through the full State House, Senate, and be signed by Governor Snyder to become law.

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Tips to Help Your Kids Cope With a Divorce

Experienced divorce attorneys know the process can be one of the most challenging life experiences. Along with emotional distress, divorce can drain your time, money, and energy. The process can become significantly more complex when children are involved.

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