The Importance of Hiring an Expert Divorce Attorney

Experts always make their craft look easy. Whether it’s being the best basketball player or cooking the best mouth watering meal in 30 minutes. It looks easy until you try it yourself. The reason why experts make it look easy is because they have practiced their craft over years. The same applies to planning theContinue reading “The Importance of Hiring an Expert Divorce Attorney”

When Inheritance Becomes Marital Property

Usually inheritance is separate property regardless of whether the recipient receives it before the marriage or during the marriage. However, as a result of transmutation or commingling inheritance can become a divisible asset in a divorce. Here are a few examples of how that can happen.  When you inherit money and place it into aContinue reading “When Inheritance Becomes Marital Property”

Why Divorce with a Separation Agreement like Bill & Melinda Gates?

How do multi billionaire sophisticated parties get divorced? Hint: They don’t down blow through their money with a scorched earth divorce litigation strategy. Bill and Melinda Gates recently announced they are getting a divorce however they have already settled the divorce before they even filed for Divorce. How? By Separation Agreement. What are some benefitsContinue reading “Why Divorce with a Separation Agreement like Bill & Melinda Gates?”

The Michigan Facemask Requirement for Children and its legal impact on Custody

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) issued a new Gatherings and Face Mask Order effective April 19, 2021, through May 24, 2021, replacing the previous order which includes provisions related to children wearing masks. What impact could this have on child custody and visitation? Pursuant to the new order, Face masks areContinue reading “The Michigan Facemask Requirement for Children and its legal impact on Custody”

The Difference Between a Prenuptial vs Postnuptial Agreement

If you are already married and wish you had a prenuptial agreement is not too late. Prenuptial and postnuptial agreement both govern the distribution of property at the time of divorce and may also be drafted to compliment an estate plan. The difference between these two types of agreements is basically consideration and when theContinue reading “The Difference Between a Prenuptial vs Postnuptial Agreement”

Why You Don’t Need to be on Your Spouse’s Title to Own Their Property

In the event of a divorce, the legal concept of Equitable Distribution protects the right of the non-titled spouse to own a piece of their spouse’s property in consideration of their contribution to the economic partnership of the marriage. The end result is that the non-titled spouse who has contributed is taken care of financiallyContinue reading “Why You Don’t Need to be on Your Spouse’s Title to Own Their Property”

The Importance of Ex Parte Filings Against A Violent Party in Family Court Proceedings

Usually when a party files a motion or some kind of petition or complaint to initiate a case, one must notify the opposing party before one obtains the order they are seeking. The courts recognize that sometimes just filing the initiating document can be unsafe especially in the context of personal protection orders and someContinue reading “The Importance of Ex Parte Filings Against A Violent Party in Family Court Proceedings”

When Can’t a Parent Adopt their Child or Give up their Child for Adoption in Michigan?

The public policy of Michigan Adoption law is that it is intended to sever past family relationships to form new ones. It is not intended as a way to circumvent Michigan child custody laws. Several scenarios help to explain why. If a father seeks to adopt their biological child and the court determines he shouldContinue reading “When Can’t a Parent Adopt their Child or Give up their Child for Adoption in Michigan?”

What is the Difference between UCCJEA and UIFSA?

The UCCJEA and UIFSA are Statutes that apply to multi-state jurisdictional issues involving children. UCCJEA stands for Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. UIFSA stands for Uniform Interstate Family Support Act. These acts allow for joint cooperation between the States that have adopted it. UCCJEA governs a State’s right to modify or enforce anContinue reading “What is the Difference between UCCJEA and UIFSA?”

The Difference Between a Michigan Conservatorship and Guardianship Petition

Both Conservatorships and Guardianships give you authority to manage an incapacitated adult or minor child’s affairs but they cover different spheres of the person’s life. Generally, Guardianships are reserved for helping the person to manage their health affairs while Conservatorships are for managing that person’s finances.  Both Conservatorships and Guardianships carry with them a dutyContinue reading “The Difference Between a Michigan Conservatorship and Guardianship Petition”