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.
When unmarried parents have a child, there are sometimes additional hurdles to jump through in order to show that the man is, in fact, the biological father of the child. Proof of parentage is important for a number of reasons, including establishing visitation rights or child support responsibilities. But if one parent is not amenable to the paternity determination, a paternity dispute often results.
There is no question that family legal matters can be stressful. Divorce is no exception. The process may seem daunting and impossible to resolve but a Farmington Hills divorce lawyer can be an excellent resource to couples and parents. A lawyer can answer questions and put worries about finances or custody to rest.
A recent story out of Michigan takes child support enforcement to a new level. Children have a right to court ordered support and they depend on the money from their parents to provide for daily needs, as well as incidental expenses. This is why enforcement is so critical.
It's that time of years when governors release proposed state budgets. Governor Rick Snyder just released his budget ideas for 2014 and over two-thirds of the funds are to be earmarked for education and health and human services. The governor sees the state heading in a positive direction after the recent economic downturn and hopes that the budget will keep the state trending in that direction.
Every family deals with its own unique troubles and concerns. And certainly no family is immune from family law issues. But unfortunately, not all families are able to afford the legal assistance that is so critical to deal with these matters successfully.
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.
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.
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.
Michigan residents may know that the children of Michael Jackson are now the subject of a child custody dispute stemming from a battle over the deceased King of Pop's will. Their grandmother and legal guardian, with whom the children reside, disappeared over the weekend and allegations surfaced that she was being blocked from contacting the children.