01 Dec 2017
custody

Myths & Assumptions There is no shortage of myths about divorce.  People believe there is a magic age, usually 14 or 15 when children can decide which parent they can live with (Nope. They can only decide when they turn 18), or that you have to be married for 10 years before the court will […]

01 Jan 2016
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Parenting time, or visitation, as it is commonly referred, is the amount of time each parent has with the minor children. There is a common misconception that there is a “standard” parenting time schedule of every other weekend and one night during the week. However, the parties should be flexible in determining a parenting time […]

01 Jan 2016
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Custody Overview There are two types of custody. First is “legal” custody, which involves the ability to make decisions regarding the child’s education, health and welfare. Predominantly, courts will order joint legal custody, giving both parents the right to make these decisions. Frequently, the most difficult issue in a divorce is determining “physical” custody. The […]

01 Jan 2016
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The most common questions I receive are about child support and spousal support (alimony). How Is Child Support Calculated? In 1982, the Michigan Friend of the Court Act required the Supreme Court Administrator’s Office to create a formula to be used as a guideline for recommending child support. A committee of family law attorneys, psychologists, […]

29 Dec 2014
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Does A Parent With Joint Legal Custody Have The Right To Request Psychological Treatment For A Minor Child Without The Consent Of The Other Parent? I am frequently asked whether a parent with joint legal custody has the right to request psychological treatment for a minor child without the consent of the other parent. Unfortunately, […]

29 Dec 2014
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Requirements for Change of Domicile (Moving Out of State) I have been asked by several therapists to address the issue of change of domicile, when one parent wants to move the legal residence of the minor children more than 100 miles or outside the state of Michigan. Under MCL 722.31, a parent who has custody […]

28 Dec 2014
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The following is a list of things you may need to do once the divorce is completed. However, since you should be using the time during the divorce to prepare for your life post- divorce, you should review the list now to plan ahead. 1. Change names on the homeowner’s insurance, auto insurance, utilities, credit […]

24 Dec 2014
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There are a lot of misconceptions about divorce. Divorce conjures up images of movies such as Kramer v. Kramer, where the parties engage in a protracted custody battle or War of the Roses, where the parties literally kill each other. Surprisingly, it is the divorce lawyer, Gavin D’Amato (Danny DeVito) in War of the Roses […]

24 Dec 2014
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Below is a list of terms often heard in connection with the divorce process: Child Specialist: In a Collaborative Divorce, the collaboratively-trained mental health professional who serves as a support for the parties’ children, and conveys the children’s concerns to the Collaborative team. Complaint: The document filed with the Circuit Court to start any lawsuit, […]