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How Does the U.S. Supreme Court Decision Validating Same Sex Marriages Impact Michigan?

Obergefell v Hodges, was the landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that overturned the Michigan prohibition against same sex marriage. As a result, same sex couples who wish to marry in Michigan, may do so. Michigan must recognize same sex marriages t… Read More
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Child Support and Spousal Support Modifications: Our Top-Ten List of Considerations

Are you facing unemployment and still paying child support at the same rate as when you were employed? Are you receiving child support and facing a request from the payer to reduce child support because the payer has lost their job? If so, you are li… Read More
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Assuring the Children receive the Child Support

I often hear the complaint that the child support goes to the other parent; not to the children.  This is often followed by examples, such as the support is deposited into the parent’s checking account and used to pay rent/mortgage, utilities,… Read More
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Does Having 50/50 Parenting Time Save Paying Child Support to my Former Spouse?

The answer is, it depends.  Only when both parents earn the same amount of income and either pay their own child care expense or have no child care expense, will there be no exchange of child support.  In my practice, I have few couples who earn eq… Read More
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Will I Save Having to Pay Child Support if I have the Children More Time than the Other Parent?

Child support is determined in part by the amount of time that the children spent with each parent.  In Michigan, the time is measured in over nights, generally. There is more expense involved in caring for children than just paying child support. I… Read More
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Child Support - How is it Calculated and What Does it Cover?

In Michigan, both parents are required to contribute to the support of their children, unless they are disabled or truly unable to work.  When parents divorce or separate we need to know how much each parent earns or could earn, if working outside t… Read More
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Child Support and Spousal Support Modifications: Our Top-Ten List of Considerations

Are you facing unemployment and still paying child support at the same rate as when you were employed? Are you receiving child support and facing a request from the payer to reduce child support because the payer has lost their job? If so, you are li… Read More
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Children Who Refuse to Visit – Part II of II

If your child is resisting spending time with you, it may be due to your own lack of insight into why. Perhaps you have a problem with anger management and your child has experienced how your spouse feels after a blow-up or worse, has seen the blow-u… Read More
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Children Who Refuse to Visit – Part I of II

Your divorce is finally over, a parenting time schedule is in place, and now you are looking forward to building your relationship with your child in an environment that does not include your former spouse. Parenting time is going along fine: your ex… Read More
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Getting What You Need: What to do When Your Spouse is Being Unreasonable

Your lawyer has advised you that your spouse’s anger should subside once the divorce gets underway.  However, you are now in month 5 of the divorce.  You have heard that most cases settle.  You have been to mediation twice.  Yet your spous… Read More
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