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What if I Cannot Tolerate Being Away from My Children?

When you are considering a divorce or learn that your spouse wants a divorce, one of the most difficult aspects is dealing with knowing that your time with your children, whom you may be used to seeing and caring for daily, will be limited. As divorce lawyers, we often hear, “I can’t be separated from […]

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Already Separated? Do I need a Divorce

I have recently conferred with a number of people who have been separated from their spouse for many years, but remained married to them. They have many and diverse reasons for staying married. However, they are at a point where one spouse wants to end the marriage. These clients have been surprised to learn that […]

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Fantasy Versus Reality

I recently tried a case where both parents wanted to portray their family as the “All American Family.” In other words, they are both prominent members of the community. They wanted everyone in their community to believe that as a couple, they loved and respected each other and that their wonderful children were the products […]

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So You Think You Want a Shark as Your Lawyer?

When you call for an appointment with one of the attorneys in our firm, you will first speak with a staff member who will screen your case for conflicts (to determine if we have advised your spouse or someone close to your case in the past and cannot represent you) and the jurisdiction (can we […]

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Meeting Your Children’s Needs in Parenting Time

Developing specific parenting time gives your children and both parents the stability and predictability that everyone needs to assure a strong relationship between parents and children.  Recently, some groups have advocated for 50/50 parenting time; often scheduled as one week with one parent and the next week with the other parent.  This is an option.  […]

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Getting a Second Opinion is Encouraged

Getting a divorce or breaking off a significant relationship is difficult.  Many of your friends have opinions about the best way to proceed.  Your lawyer suggests a different path.  The case may not be moving along fast enough.  You are still fearful that the overall outcome will not be in your favor. If you are […]

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Bankruptcy and Divorce

Money is one of the biggest stressors in a marriage that can lead to a breakdown of the relationship.  Some couples come to the process with considerable debt.  It’s important to consider whether there are sufficient resources to pay down the debt so that each party can support themselves and the children with the resources […]

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Being the Victim in the Divorce

             When your spouse or significant other is the one who initiates the divorce or separation and you want to stay married, a great many emotions will wash over you.  Among them is fear, anger, and helplessness.  You may also feel humiliation, guilt and shame at being left.  A common reaction is to seek support […]

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Complete the Retirement Transfer Process Right After Your Divorce

I have written before about the need to get any Qualified Domestic Relations Orders (QDRO) done quickly after the divorce is completed. A recent Michigan case invalidated a QDRO when wife waited until after her former husband’s death to submit the QDRO. In that case the QDRO attempted to divide the former husband’s pension.  The […]

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What Do You Want from Your Lawyer?

Our firm asks our clients to critique their lawyers and our service at the end of their case.  We  find that their comments help us to improve our procedures, our physical plant and other aspects of our service delivery.  Most of these questionnaires are returned by satisfied clients. However one recently suggested that they felt […]

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