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August 2014 Archives

Understanding various family law processes and issues

When family law comes to mind most people immediately think of separation, divorce proceedings and, for parties with children, child support and child custody related issues. But, Michigan residents may find it interesting to learn that family court is much more than that.

How to get child support once paternity is established

In Michigan, many unmarried couples with children may wonder what is involved in initiating a paternity suit and what the obligations for the father are once paternity has been established. Generally, a paternity suit arises between an unmarried couple to ensure that the alleged father takes responsibility for the child and pays child support to the mother. The father may also get parenting or visitation rights with the child.

Former X-Files star David Duchovny files for divorce

Michigan fans of the show X-Files, particularly the fans of the fictitious character Agent Fox Mulder, may not want to believe that the high profile TV star, who played the character of Mulder, David Duchovny, has divorced his wife of 17 years, actress Tea Leoni. According to media reports, Duchovny filed for divorce earlier this year. The couple was already separated for at least three years. The reason that he cited when he filed for divorce was an irretrievable breakdown of their relationship.

Conflicting state laws over same sex marriage, divorce

Residents of Michigan are most likely are aware of the discussion surrounding same-sex marriage and that same-sex marriage is illegal in the state. However, what many people may not know is the legal battle many same-sex couples face if they were legally married in a state that recognizes same-sex marriage and now reside in a state that does not recognize their marriage as valid. This is particularly complicated when it comes to getting a divorce and for addressing family law-related issues.

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