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June 2015 Archives

Can a Michigan court force me to file a joint tax return?

tax return.jpgMost divorces involve the division of many assets and liabilities, making them complicated legal undertakings. When you mix in painful emotions - perhaps anger, resentment or distrust - it can be extremely difficult for divorcing spouses to find common ground and agree on the division of assets.

Same-sex marriage ruling may still not satisfy Michigan laws

As same-sex couples await the United States Supreme Court's ruling as to whether gays and lesbians will have the legal right to marry in the state of Michigan, as well as three other states, some fear that there will still be a good deal of upheaval on some levels. Ineke Mushovic, the executive director of Movement Advancement Project believes that if the Supreme Court rules in favor, it will still come down to the states themselves having to sort out various situations involving same-sex couples.

Factors considered during child custody cases

A child custody case can be complicated, especially if you both want custody and you can't agree on anything on your own. The court in Michigan will then need to step in and set up a custody agreement and a parenting plan. When this happens, the court looks at many different factors, including the following:

How is marital property divided in the state of Michigan?

Although the best way to divide a couple's property during a divorce is to work out an agreement between both parties, if each is agreeable, their legal counsel or even a mediator can also assist in helping to distribute the assets in a way that will satisfy each spouse. When an agreement cannot between the couple cannot be reached, however, a judge may ultimately decide a division for the couple that is equitable to both parties.

What are the different types of wills used in Michigan?

Michigan allows individuals who are 18 years of age or older and considered to be of sound mind to make a will. A will is a legal document that provides instructions for how an individual wants his or her property to be distributed upon his or her death. An executor, or rather, the person in charge of making sure that everything is done to the individuals wishes is also appointed. There are three types of wills that are considered legal in the state of Michigan.

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