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January 2014 Archives

Grandparents ask Michigan Supreme Court for visitation rights

For the emotional and psychological growth of children, it is important for them to have contact with extended family members such as cousins, uncles, aunts, and grandparents. Such interactions teach a child the value of family, and generally are beneficial. However, when differences between parents arise, one parent sometimes refuses to let his or her parents in law have any contact with the children.

Is new bill protecting children or stripping parents' rights?

While there is national movement surrounding the decriminalization and legalization of marijuana, some legislators in Michigan are concerned about the impact the use of medical marijuana may have on children whose parents use the drug. Presently, in Michigan a 2008 medical marijuana law permits the cultivation, possession and use of marijuana for medical use.

Actor Schwarzenegger may face a costly divorce

Most people are familiar with Arnold Schwarzenegger, either as the former Governor of California or as the actor who plays macho roles in Hollywood production. What some of our Michigan residents may not know is that Schwarzenegger is now embroiled in a high asset divorce with his estranged wife, Maria Shriver.

Divorce mediation: an option for couples

Differences between loving couples may arise at any time for various reasons. However, for most people, the topic of divorce or separation is not an easy topic to broach. Generally, asking one's spouse for a divorce is very difficult, and for some traditional families it is even more difficult due to the possible societal implications a divorce may have upon them in their respective communities.

Rapper resolves child support dispute before year's end

Around New Year's, most people aspire to close challenging chapters from the previous year and they look forward to opening new chapters in the next year. Particularly when it comes to child support issues, both parents may want to put aside their differences and work in the best interest of their child.

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