Showing 7 posts by Brett R. Schlender.
Public 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 ›
Uncertainty 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 ›
Understanding 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 ›
When 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 ›
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 ›
Welcome to Your Family Law Advocate Blog. When family law is mentioned, divorce is often the first thing that comes to mind. Divorce however is only one of a number of regions that encompass this area of law. Read More ›
Divorce is an unpleasant experience for most, but a positive attorney-client relationship can ease the burden. Thoughtful, competent representation can prepare you to thrive in your post-divorce life. Read More ›