Family Law

  • Key Questions to Ask A Potential Divorce Lawyer

    January 23, 2018

    Before retaining a divorce lawyer, we suggest asking the following questions to any potential attorney interviewed: As my divorce lawyer, what position or strategy will you use in my case? How long will it take to resolve my case? What is the breakdown of costs that I would receive from a divorce lawyer including a […]

  • Michigan Legislature Abolishes Dower

    January 22, 2017

    Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on January 6, 2017 abolishing a surviving wife’s dower right in her deceased husband’s property, making Michigan the final state to eliminate this law. However, some states still retain a form of dower, but in order to prevent discrimination on the basis of sex, they offer a reciprocal right to […]

  • New Ruling Impacts Child Support for Children over 18

    November 17, 2016

    (November 17, 2016) In a published opinion, the Michigan Court of Appeals has clarified the meaning of “full-time basis” for child support after a child’s 18th birthday.  In Weaver v Giffels, the Court of Appeals reversed a ruling by a Kalamazoo Circuit Court Judge which allowed child support beyond a child’s 18th birthday under the […]

  • Court of Appeals Rules on Parenting Rights for Unmarried Same-Sex Couples

    July 11, 2016

    A July 5, 2016 decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals will affect unmarried same-sex couples. In Lake v Putnam, the court rejected a claim for custody and parenting time made by the former same-sex partner of the child’s biological mother, where the parties had been in a relationship for 13 years, the child was conceived […]