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I got served with divorce papers…Now What?

I got served with divorce papers…Now What?

Divorce is a stressful time, especially if you aren’t prepared for it and can become worse if you don’t prepare properly. There are several steps you should take after being served with divorce papers, both to protect yourself and make the process as smooth as possible. Seek out Legal Counsel While getting an attorney may Read More

How to tell your children you are getting a divorce

Every family is different, as is every child, so there is no ‘right way’ to talk to your children about your divorce. However, here are a few suggestions and things to keep in mind when approaching the subject: Keep it Simple and Age Appropriate Children don’t need to know all the details, especially the first Read More

What advice would you give to families in order to minimize the overall impact of divorce on their children?

Understand that no matter what your spouse has done or how much you hate them, you will have to have a relationship with them for the rest of your life. You cannot make them go away. Your children are the most important thing in the world and your anger, resentment, and hatred will only make Read More

Custody and parenting time in COVID-19 Coronavirus

Divorced parents who co-parent have wondered how parenting time issues will be effected with the Michigan State lockdown and the shut down of schools and other child care facilities, in addition to non essential businesses. Hopefully the impact will be minimal at best. In doing so, please keep these tips in mind when co parenting Read More

Division of Assets in Michigan Divorce Cases

There are two types of property in a marriage: marital and separate property. Marital property is all property acquired during the marriage, even if one’s name is not on the title. Separate property is anything that was owned by a spouse prior to the marriage, gifted or inherited during the marriage. Marital Property in Michigan Read More

Process for Divorce With Minor Children

Process for Divorce with Minor Children The process of filing for divorce begins when the Summons, Complaint for Divorce, Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act Affidavit, a Verified Statement, and in some cases an Application for Child Support Services have been completed, signed and notarized. Next, the forms will be filed with the Circuit Court Read More

Can I Spy on My Spouse?

Can I Spy on My Spouse? Often times we have clients who suspect their spouse of cheating or acting in a nefarious manner. They want to “spy” on their spouse to gain information on affairs, or hidden assets or income. There are many ways to attempt to do this, including logging into their computer, email, Read More

Planning for Your Digital Estate Plan

Do you ever wonder what would happen to your digital assets when you die? Who will be able to pay your electronic bills, shut off automatic debits to your checking account, or tell your Facebook friends that you are gone? Who would have access to get into your email account? The more we are digitally Read More

How do I open a probate estate? Miniseries part 3/3

In the last part of our miniseries on opening a probate estate, we will discuss the basics of opening an estate using a “formal” procedure and will include a brief discussion of what supervised estates are. Formal Procedure for Opening an Estate When used in probate court jargon, “Formal” is a bit of a misnomer Read More

Understanding Probate: Is my will a public document?

Is my will a public document? The answer to this question is “yes” and “no”. For guidance we will look to MCL 700.2515: Deposit of will with court in testator’s lifetime. First, one is not required to deposit a will with a court. One might keep their will in a safe deposit box, with an Read More

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