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What do I do now that I have to follow COVID-19 related orders?

Father Leaving, Hugging DaughterThis blog has been updated with new information since its original publication. Due to rapidly changing laws and regulations surrounding COVID-19 matters, please consult your attorney or advisor for the latest information before taking any action.

You know that you want to see your child, but are uncertain of whether that is the right thing to do. Following the law means following orders. Co-parenting in today’s world means that orders include not only the Judge’s orders related to custody and parenting time in your case, but the Executive Orders of our Governor. Can doing what is right still mean doing something different? Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Post Judgement

Stay at Which Home? Parenting Time in a Pandemic

Frustrated Parents with KidsPublic health guidelines concerning COVID-19 present an inherent tension for many parents whose access to their child is governed by a custody order. Michigan law says that parenting time should be allocated in a way that maintains a strong relationship between the child and each parent. But in these times, where social distancing is public policy, we cannot assume two loving parents shuttling a child between homes is an inherently healthy practice. Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Divorce

Family Law Update on Coronavirus

Mom and Kids in QuarantineFor those involved in Family Law disputes, please note that the Michigan Supreme Court has issued an Order dated March 18, 2020, to address the coronavirus outbreak in accordance with Governor Whitmer’s recent orders restricting assembly of persons. Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Divorce

Do I have to follow this Parenting Time Order?

Father Holding Son's HandYou may need an attorney’s assistance to help figure out whether the answer should be “No.” Ideally, you and the other parent are able to develop a good working relationship that limits the need for Court intervention, but whether you should both ignore the Court’s Order is another matter. Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Post Judgement

What to Expect When You’re Expecting (a Divorce)

Divorce ProceedingUncertainty is perhaps the unifying feature of all contested divorces. In the midst of it, your future living situation, financial health, and time with the children might all at once seem in doubt. Clarity will come in time. In the interim, to help shine light on the legal process, we offer this primer on divorce procedure.  Read More ›

Categories: Divorce, Post Judgement

Should I Hire a Private Investigator for My Divorce Case?

Camera Equipment on Car seatDivorce releases a range of emotions including regret and sorrow, but sometimes causes feelings of enmity and vengeance. Letting your emotions run your divorce instead of careful strategic thinking can result in unintended consequences. Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Divorce

Property Division Explained

Hand Between Puzzle PiecesUnderstanding how courts divide marital property first requires an explanation of the marital estate. An "estate" in this sense is a paper classification of the property that is considered "marital" as opposed to "separate." Before a court can award each party a fair share of the estate, it must first identify what property belongs in the marital estate and then assign values to the property.  Read More ›

Categories: Divorce

Attorney Presents on Tax Implications of Divorce

​Amanda Dernovshek is co-presenting on a webinar entitled, Tax Implications of Divorce After Tax Reform: Alimony, Property Divisions, Divorce Modifications, Child Credits. Read More ›

Categories: Tax, Tax Disputes

Fault in a No-Fault Divorce State

Broken Wedding RingsWhen a marriage fails, fingers point. Conceptually, the ideas of divorce and blameworthy conduct go hand in hand. Michigan's label as a "no-fault" divorce state tends to obscure the role marital fault might play in a contested divorce.  Read More ›

Categories: Divorce

What can a family law attorney help with?

Family law is an area where decisions made in the heat of the moment can result in irreversible consequences. Despite apparent similarities no two cases are exactly alike and the value of skilled family law counsel is often underestimated as an absolute necessity. Without doubt, choosing the right lawyer is the first step to a fresh start. Read More ›

Categories: Custody, Divorce, Post Judgement