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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:

What are some of the different types of adoption in Michigan?

Adoption can provide children who are without a permanent family a chance for a better life. Through adoption, children are given the same benefits and legal right as those who are born into a family. As an example, an adoption will make the adoptee an heir of the adopting parent. In the state of Michigan, there are different ways that potential parents can adopt a child.

Michigan same-sex couple to appear before Supreme Court

Two nurses from Detroit, Michigan, will be among the 12 women and 19 men who are expected to have their same-sex marriage cases heard by the Supreme Court this month on April 28. The two women initially went to court under the pretext of winning the right to jointly adopt each other's two children, but a federal judge eventually turned their case into one about their right to marry.

What you should know about challenging paternity

When paternity issues arise, it can be very stressful for all of the parties that are involved. The paternity of a child not only determines who is responsible for supporting the child, but also helps to decide who should have a hand in raising the child. Above all else, it ensures that the rights of the child aren't neglected.

How to reach a fair divorce settlement with professional help

Divorce can be complicated. Most Michigan residents know that a divorce can turn ugly when it comes to the process of dividing property and assets. Naturally, both spouses do what they can to ensure they obtain a fair share in the settlement that ends their marriage. By considering the following, they may be able to reach a fair settlement more quickly.

The importance of responding to a Michigan divorce petition

Michigan divorce may come as a surprise, especially if the decision to end a marriage is not mutual. When one party decides to file for divorce, the other party may be surprised once the petition is sent. Just like other lawsuits, the person who receives the divorce petition, also called a defendant or respondent, has to respond and answer the petition.

What is considered in a request to relocate a child?

Detroit families who have gone through a divorce know there are many legal issues surrounding children, child support and child custody. But, what happens when a parent wants to relocate a child? What factors does the court consider when determining whether the parent can move the child?

Michigan Attorney General releases guide on military family law

Family law is a very critical area of the law because it deals with many personal and emotional issues. Families are at the center of the lives of many Michigan residents, and that is why it is so important that people understand the laws and how they apply to them.

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