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Clinton Township Divorce Law Blog

Methods to avoid fighting after divorce

Divorce is meant to sever ties with the person to whom you were formally married. It wasn't working out; that is why the marriage ended. But what happens if you continue needing to interact with them (either because you jointly own a business, have friendships in the same circles or because you are co-parenting a child)? Can you ever move past those lasting fights and into a productive relationship? This post will go over post-divorce fights and how you can minimize them.

An overview of Michigan's upcoming child support guidelines

The 'Friend of the Court' (an auxiliary judicial officer that assists the court) develops the child support guidelines and formulas. The Friend of the Court updates the formulas periodically and issues a new manual detailing the new formula and changes. This post will go over the latest iteration, the 2017 Child Support Formula Manual.

Ending a common law marriage

A common law marriage is one that evolves organically from co-habitation and a few other factors which will be discussed below. Since common law marriages do not involve formal wedding procedures or paperwork, can you divorce by just splitting up? Or is there more to it? This post will go over the basics of common law marriage.

Unique issues for children with special needs, Part 2

Child custody and support are delicate issues to discuss. You are trying to set up a parenting plan that will enable both of you to remain involved in your child's life, but suspicion and jealousy are inevitable. Both parents will not get everything that they want, and it will color the discussions with animosity. That stress of trying to set up a parenting plan is even more drawn out when you are dealing with children with special needs. As discussed in a previous post, children with disabilities require additional support that many courts fail to recognize. This post will address the custodial issues that children with disabilities face.

Overview of sample property settlement agreement, Part 1

A property settlement agreement attempts to divide up the assets of marriage amicably. The settlement agreement identified when the couple was married, who the couple is, and includes positive statements that both spouses affirmatively disclosed all of their assets. This post will go over some of the preliminary matters in a property settlement agreement.

Updates in alimony law

Alimony or spousal support is an area of law that is constantly in flux. The problems that confront modern courts are not the same as those faced by courts, even 20 years ago. The rapid advances in technology, income parity, and the changing nature of gender identity mean that courts must craft new rules to govern the awarding of spousal support. This post will go over some of the latest updates to alimony.

Should you stop paying support to get more visitation time?

The short answer is, no. It is almost never a good idea to stop paying child or spousal support as a way to force a renegotiation on visitation schedules. Often parents may think that they regularly make payments, they are reliable, always pick the kids up on time, and drop them off. Why shouldn't they get more visitation time?

Unique issues for children with special needs, Part I

Trying to negotiate an amicable child support and custody arrangement is delicate work for any family. But with families who care for a child with special needs, it is infinitely more complex and nuanced. Children with special needs require additional financial and emotional support that strains relationships and divorced couples. This post will go over some unique issues in caring for children with special needs.

New parenting time laws spreading across the country

Last year, 20 states were considering legislation to alter child custody arrangements and impose a new approach to divorce. For decades, the norm among judges was to order primary custody for one parent, to the exclusion of the other. Judges took this approach because, the best scientific research at the time, believed that a stable home and being with the mother was critical to childhood development. But new research is coming out that challenges those premises and state governments across the country are listening.

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