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Same-Sex Marriage Laws Debated In Michigan And North Carolina

It’s been over a year since the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriages legal. Since then there have been many objections to the decision. One complication has been how courts should handle those who object to authorizing homosexual unions. The other major complication concerns how child custody will work for same-sex parents who do not have a biological relationship to their children. With the latter situation, divorce attorneys do not have a firm legal precedent on which to base their cases. This week has seen updates on both these issues, ensuring that their outcomes will eventually affect marriages in Grand Rapids and the rest of the country. Read more

County Clerk Helps Couples Strengthen Their Marriages

With divorce rates declining, couples seem to be finding new solutions to their marital issues. Those who have been married for a long time may seek couples counseling, or may try less traditional ways to refresh their love. Some opt to renew their vows and can now do so while supporting their local government. With the Pope’s new writing on divorce, couples have several ways in which they can view marital strife in the face of divorce.  Read more

Humor Keeps This Couple Together

An old adage says, “Laughter is the best medicine.” Laughter, however, could also help couples avoid separation. This week, an image of a Michigan man’s wedding ring reached Internet virality on the website Reddit. The photo illustrated the couple’s sense of humor and raises questions about humor’s effect on married life.   Read more

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