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April 2017 Archives

Tips for drafting an enforceable postnuptial contract

Michigan law allows a couple to draw up a contract after they are married. This type of agreement, called a postnuptial contract, does not indicate that a couple is on the verge of divorcing. In fact, executing this type of contract may be a strategy for preserving a marriage; especially if a couple’s divergent financial habits are a source of frequent contention.

Preventing or Mitigating Summer Custody Disputes

Traditionally, school break periods tend to inspire tension between co-parents. Sometimes this tension arises due to unexpected events, sometimes due to unintended thoughtlessness and sometimes due to intentional thoughtlessness. Growing frustration between co-parents during major school break periods is understandable but rarely welcome.

How important is a child's preferences in custody determinations?

In our last post, we examined the controversial actions of a Michigan judge who wanted to offer each party an opportunity to present their child custody proposals. In that case, the three minor children apparently favored legal and physical custody with their mother. But when the children refused to even meet with their father, the court sent them to juvenile detention.

Could a child custody dispute put you in contempt of court?

Family law courts in Michigan generally endeavor to be impartial when presiding over child custody disputes. Gone are the days when a mother was afforded a presumption of sole legal and/or physical custody. Yet one local judge may have gone too far in her attempts to be neutral to both parties in a contentious divorce. The judge is now facing a 30-day suspension, which would be handed down by the Michigan Supreme Court.

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