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A family law attorney can assist with stepparent adoption

There are a lot of stepparents in Michigan and elsewhere who would love to adopt their stepchildren. But how does one go about doing this? There are a lot of questions that need answers before any actions can be taken, some of those will be address in this week's column. A family law attorney will be able to provide even further detail and assist with the adoption process when one is ready.

Michigan family law: Jail time one form of support enforcement

Parents in Michigan and elsewhere who have court orders to pay child support sometimes fail to meet their financial obligations. There are times that this is because of an economic inability to pay and sometimes it is for other reasons. Regardless, if child support is not paid, enforcement options -- such as criminal charges -- may be utilized by the recipient. A family law attorney can help parents who are struggling to meet their support obligations avoid jail time and create support agreements that work for everyone involved.

What are the different types of child custody?

When you're going through a divorce, every issue can become contentious, but perhaps the most divisive subject during a split is child custody. And, while most people have a general knowledge of the concept of child custody, many don't know that there are several different types.

Annulment vs. Divorce

When looking to dissolve a marriage, the first option most people consider is divorce. There are actually two ways to dissolve a marriage though: divorce and annulment. While a divorce acknowledges a legal separation, an annulment legally treats the parties as if they were never married in the first place. Only certain circumstances allow for an annulment but it can be another option for those with issues that arose in their marriage.

What are the consequences of not paying child support?

Having a child is a huge responsibility that some people may not be ready to accept. On top of being there for your child emotionally and mentally, parents are expected to be there financially as well. From buying clothes and school supplies to paying for entertainment and other recreational activities, there's a lot that child support can cover, which is why when a parent decides to not make their monthly payments, there are consequences they will have to face.

Withholding child support is not a good idea

You make regular payments. You are never late. You always pick up your child on time and drop her off. You think you deserve another shot at modifying the custody order. You worked hard and established that you are reliable. You deserve more time with your child. So how do you go about accomplishing that?

Issues with divorce and children with special needs

Divorce is always hard. It is even more difficult when you have children, add on top of that, a child with special needs, and divorce becomes a quagmire of issues with no easy answers. This post will discuss the issue inherent to divorce involving children with special needs.

Interstate child custody disputes explained

Interstate child custody disputes occur between the states (as opposed to intrastate disputes which occur entirely within one state). Interstate disputes are more and more common as people move and live across state borders. Unfortunately, these disputes dramatically increase the pressure on litigants. They require you to submit arguments to the court, even if you don't live there, and even if you live 1,000 miles away.

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