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March 2018 Archives

Dads are getting more of a fair shake regarding custody

In the past, divorced dads in Michigan would often get the short end of the stick when it came to spending time with their children. Typically the courts would judge in favor of the mom for primary custody and the father would get every other weekend or only a few days a month. In the past years, however, there has been a change in how custody decisions are made, and there are more cases of equal sharing.

The importance of the child's needs in custody cases

Parents in Michigan who are going through a divorce have a big responsibility in deciding the best arrangement for child custody. The decision becomes a lot easier if the parents put aside their differences and focus on what the child needs and what situation would best suit him or her. 

Can your child choose which parent gets custody?

The complexities of divorce in Michigan courts are nothing to be sneezed at, between working out division of assets, spousal support, child custody and many other factors. But those factors can be complicated further by custody disputes between you and your spouse. So what happens when your child adds another layer of complexity by weighing in on his or her preference? Can you child choose which parent he or she prefers to have custody?

Consequences of relocation in child custody cases

Being passed from one parent to another to satisfy child custody agreements can cause some stress for children of divorced parents in Michigan. When one parent relocates to a different state, there are additional psychological consequences that can result in long-term issues.  

What is Michigan's small estate threshold?

After the death of a loved one or close associate, it can be far too painful to have to focus on technicalities such as will execution, including dealing with Michigan probate court and the practical realities of estate division. When you are already grieving and stretched thin, it is hard to think of dealing with such legal intricacies. Are there ways around probate court, and if so, what is the threshold for skipping the itemization and valuation of the deceased's estate?

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