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December 2014 Archives

What you should know about divorce in Michigan

There are many self-help and toolkit options which assist parties in filing the appropriate divorce paperwork, but in many cases divorce can get complex, particularly when there are children, assets and property involved. For anyone contemplating divorce, it is important to have a basic understanding of what the process entails.

What to know about child custody and relocation

When it comes to relocation within Michigan, court approval may not be necessary if the non-custodial parent agrees to the move, sole physical custody has already been granted to one parent and if the relocation residence is closer to the non-custodial parent than before the relocation.

Understanding the impact of divorce on one's taxes

No one doubts that divorce can be emotional, psychologically and financially taxing on all parties involved. But what divorcing couples may not realize is that divorce, particularly divorce with children, has an impact on how one files taxes with the Internal Revenue Service.

Largest divorce ruling in U.S. history gives ex-wife $1 billion

Michigan residents may find it interesting to learn that the ex-wife of Continental Resources' CEO, who heads a top oil producer in the U.S., has appealed the couple's recent divorce ruling because she believes that the division of property and assets was not fair and equitable. This is all after she was awarded nearly $1 billion.

What is my child support obligation if paternity is established?

Typically, the issue of paternity comes up in cases where an unmarried mother has given birth and is seeking child support from the father of the child, but is unsure of who may be the father or the man the mother claims to be the father disputes the claim. In such cases, a court will order a DNA test to determine paternity. Once paternity determinations have been made through DNA analysis, depending on the custody arrangement, the non-custodial parent will typically be required to pay child support.

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