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Your Bank Accounts and Your Divorce

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For many people that come to The Smart Law Group to talk about divorce financial worries are at the forefront. Because especially if you’ve been married to a controlling spouse, abuser or a narcissist, you may not have control over your share, or even your own personal finances. So safeguarding your financial well-being becomes as […]

Your First Call to a Divorce Lawyer in Michigan

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People have told us that the hardest part of their entire divorce process was making that FIRST call to a divorce lawyer in Michigan. That’s understandable because it’s SUCH a big first step. But that first call is the beginning of clarity. The first part of the solution. The action item that will move you […]

Your Divorce and Your Inheritance

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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 […]

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 […]