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Your Divorce and Your Inheritance

Divorce and your interitance

Inheritance Issues in Divorce A common question in many divorces is: “what is going to happen with the inheritance?”. Those questions usually fall into three categories: (1) the inheritance that was received before the marriage; (2) the inheritance received during the marriage, and (3) the inheritance that might be received in the future. Special rules […]

Divorce, Retirement, SSIPs and 401Ks in Michigan

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Different companies have different retirement plans, so it is important to understand the retirement benefits that are available and that have been accumulated during a marriage to determine their proper division in a divorce.  The following are two examples of retirement benefits that are available with two of the largest employers in Michigan. Ford Motor […]

What is your “real” question?

It’s more than just answers, it’s a conversation.  It’s more than just a conversation, it’s communicating. It’s easy to answer your questions.  It’s easy to have an answer for everything.  However, the best part of answering questions for you is knowing what questions to ask you.  You haven’t done this before.  You aren’t supposed to […]

Counseling, Therapy and Parenting Time

It is in the best interest of a child to have a strong relationship with both of his or her parents however, the right to parenting time is not absolute… yes, that is Michigan law.  The Court has a broad range of “tools” to protect the “best interest” and safety of minor children.  Counseling and […]

Good Information and Smart Choices

You have questions.  You need answers.  You deserve answers. One of the biggest problems people have when they are forced to think about the possibility of divorce is the lack of information.  Far too often, people rely on friends, family and sometimes even strangers for advice because they are afraid to call an attorney.  Many […]

Family Law, Child Custody and “The Best Interest of the Child”

What are the child’s “best interests”? One of the biggest areas of misunderstanding in a divorce involving minor children is how the Court determines who is awarded custody of the minor children.  There are a lot of non-lawyers that give their friends and family advice about what happens, but there is no single rule and […]

Is 72 hours after getting married too soon to get a divorce?

True story… Client calls my office on a Monday morning and says he made a “terrible mistake” over the weekend.  I had represented him on some other legal matters that were very low on the “terrible” scale and I thought he was calling about something criminal and I was getting ready for a horrible story […]

One Marriage at a Time

You can get married as many times as you want, but you can only be married to one person at a time.  A woman in Washtenaw County was getting a divorce that was started in 2009.  There were a lot of issues in her case that could not be settled and there was a trial […]

The Smart Rules in Divorce

There are many issues to consider in every divorce case and the following “Rules” are some basic matters to consider in every case… and better yet, before your divorce is even started.  Also, there is more to consider than what is just on this list. There are many issues to consider in every divorce case […]