Did you know that lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees in Michigan do not have statewide protections against discrimination? Despite the legalization of gay marriage and the continuing acceptance of the LGBT community nationwide, Michigan still has a long way to go. Sexual orientation discrimination does not fall under sex discrimination according to the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act. According to a report by The Detroit News, this means discrimination against LGBT employees is technically legal.
Estate planning is necessary for many types of couples, if not most. For example, a couple with an adult child who is disabled probably wants to ensure the child is always taken care of. Someone entering into a second or third marriage might want to ensure children from the first marriage receive certain assets and so on.
Divorce is often thought of in the context of a sporting event, military battle, or other type of power struggle. In that frame of reference there must be a winner and a loser. Time has shown that people will expend a tremendous amount of resources on legal representation in order to make sure that they're the winner and their spouse is one of the greatest divorce losers of all-time.
Demonstrating that all things really do come back around if you give it enough time, the greater Detroit area's economy is on the upswing despite the continued shrinkage of our auto manufacturing sector.
June is Pride Month, so we'd like to share some legal matters of interest to our LGBT clients. If you would like to discuss these issues and protect yourself and your family, we are here to help.
Huey Lewis and the News had a hit in 1982 with Working' for a Livin'. The chorus included the phrase "I'm taking what they're giving 'cause I'm workin' for a livin'."
Ever since its exploration and settlement by French voyageurs and coureurs des bois in the 17th century, the people of Michigan have been finding ways to structure society, maintain order, and promote commerce. That means lots of laws, and some have been stranger than others.
Every divorce has its own challenges. Some of them are personal and emotional, like child custody and visitation, and other issues are more financial.
One of the key issues in every divorce is dividing the assets. Behind only the custody and visitation of the children, how the money is divided is often the most pressing concern for most divorcing couples. Asset division is a common part of the divorce process in which each spouse is required to disclose all assets, income and debts to the court.