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Family Law Archives

Unmarried parents may not avoid family law issues

The definition of family is constantly changing. For Michigan couples, many may choose to have children even without being married. Some people don't want to get married. They may have bad memories from their parent's divorce or unhappy marriages. Whatever the reason, unmarried parents face added struggles.

Michigan agency discusses Russia's threat to ban adoptions

It's starting to look like an international feud may have negative consequences on families waiting to adopt in the United States. The feud is between Russia and the U.S. The president of Russia, Vladimir Putin is upset with a recent law in the U.S. and is threatening to ban the adoption of Russian children by American parents.

Michigan Adoption Day particularly special for one family this year

Every family is unique. Different dynamics and situations create family units that are sometimes a far cry from what people would call a traditional family. Adoption is one of the special opportunities that creates these unique families and new, happier homes.

Thousands of Michigan children in need of foster homes

Foster parents play a very important role in our society and for our children. A good foster care situation helps a child thrive while in transition or waiting for adoption. A local agency in Michigan is fighting to keep more foster parents in the system.

A QDR WHAT? THE IMPORTANCE OF QDROS IN DIVIDING RETIREMENT BENEFITS

One of the largest assets in most divorce cases is the retirement accounts held by the parties. Not all retirement plans are the same and it is important for an attorney to understand what types of retirement plans a QDRO can (and cannot) divide.

Study Finds Longevity Gap Between Married and Unmarried People

A study performed by Michigan State University found a widening mortality gap between married and unmarried people. The information in the MSU study bodes well for those in marriages, but unfortunately, not all marriages last - with many ending in divorce.

Michigan Divorce Bills Seek Radical Change in Marital Property

Two proposed pieces of Michigan legislation aim to create a dramatic shift in the distribution of assets for divorces where a spouse owns a business that prospers during the marriage. Presently, the law treats the growth or appreciation of a business occurring during the marriage as marital property, resulting in a 50/50 split between the spouses. The new law proposes a complete policy change and would generally classify appreciation in the business during the marriage as property of the spouse owning the business.

Domestic Violence in the Courtroom

According to a recent article in the American Bar Journal, 28-year-old Paul Henry Gonzalez Jr. assaulted his 23-year-old wife Catherine after a judge ordered him to pay child support and set visitation terms. He came up behind her in a Florida judge's chambers and attacked her, giving her two black eyes, broken facial bones and a bloody lip. Catherine's lawyer restrained the man until deputies could get there. Law enforcement used a stun gun to subdue him. He is now jailed in lieu of $1 million bond on a felony battery charge.

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