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Deadlines, Deadlines

Many clients are aware that there exist statutory waiting periods from the time a complaint for divorce is filed until it may be granted by the court.  Under Michigan law, two important waiting periods apply.  Essentially, there is a certain minimu… Read More
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Your Facebook Account is Not Your Friend During a Divorce

Social media cites like Facebook and My Space are great places to share news with your friends efficiently; like my spouse just filed for divorce, along with an unflattering picture of your spouse and examples of his/her bad behavior.  As the divorc… Read More
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Protecting Your Computer Privacy

When you see your marriage is in trouble, there are so many things to consider and worry about; impact on the children, where will you live, financial concerns.  You are probably talking to friends, attorneys, counselors and relatives to get help in… Read More
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Watch What You Say in Email

When tensions are high during a divorce or custody battle, it might be best to communicate with your spouse by email.  This avoids angry face-to-face encounters or arguments on the phone, where you have more opportunities to push each other’… Read More
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Is My Inheritance Really “Mine?”

An inheritance typically starts out as the property of the individual who inherited it.  That seems logical enough.  With married couples, however, an individual inheritance quickly can be transformed from “separate property” (that is,… Read More
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Less Expensive Ways Attorneys Can Help

If you are getting your divorce advice from your friends who have been through a divorce, your minister or priest, or your bartender, you will probably hear one of two “truths”.  First, that you need to get the meanest, “baddest… Read More
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When Are Children Old Enough To Decide Where They Should Live

  There is no magic age when a child can decide with which parent they prefer to live.  Changing custody requires a two step process.  The first step is the determination of whether or not there has been (a) a change in circumstances or (b) pr… Read More
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When Child Protective Services Comes Knocking: What Happens Now?

If you are going through a divorce or child custody action and child protective services “CPS” becomes involved, there are several things you should know and do. First, let your divorce lawyer know that CPS has become involved. Ask your lawye… Read More
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Mediation and Collaborative Divorce: Good for Celebrities and Good for the Budget

Because mediation and collaborative practice typically are far more affordable processes for handling divorce, they often are mistaken for “budget” options.   Yes:  almost always mediation and collaborative will save money for a divor… Read More
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The Only Constant is Change

We have all learned from the recent economic downturn that someone’s financial position can change in a heartbeat.  This knowledge has added serious stress to our lives.  In some cases, we appreciate our family and the support they can provide mo… Read More
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