Some relationships end badly. When a couple has children, one parent may do all that he or she can to use the kids to hurt the other parent. Parental alienation is a very real thing and complaints of it occurring in Michigan families are often seen in the family law world. In honor of Parental Alienation Awareness Day, which falls on April 25, this week's column will address the damaging effects of this behavior.
Whether one is just going through the divorce process or has been down that road and needs to modify some terms of a divorce settlement, one may think that going to court is the only way to reach a resolution. Thankfully, Michigan residents have other options when it comes to marriage dissolution and term modifications. Most family law matters can be settled through mediation.
Millions of Americans suffer from some level of mental illness. With treatment, it is possible for many of them to live relatively normal lives. One fear that some individuals struggling with mental health issues have is losing custody of their children if their marriages fall apart. Thankfully, whether they live in Michigan or elsewhere, family law courts will not deny custody simply based on a history of mental illness.
Many couples in Michigan and elsewhere who are choosing to end their marriages have a lot of decisions to make about how to make their family life work when all is said and done. When a couple has children, it can be difficult to decide what living situation would be best for them in the long run. Many people are turning to nesting, but does this type of living arrangement really work long term? Some family law experts feel it may not.
When a couple chooses to divorce or separate and they have children, one parent may not achieve custody of their kids. While joint custody arrangements are being pushed now more than ever before, there are those individuals who will only be granted visitation time as part of a family law settlement. What does a typical visitation schedule look like for parents in Michigan?
There are many reasons why Michigan residents may end up on disability. Without it, they may not have any other sources of income. While disability payments may not amount to a whole lot, it is still income, and if one is ordered to pay child support by a family law court, one may have to utilize this benefit in order to meet his or her child support obligation. Here are a few facts regarding disability and child support.
A police officer in another state has found himself in trouble with the law for allegedly lying in family court to get a better child support deal for himself. It would have worked had it not been discovered while he was being investigated for another issue. Michigan residents dealing with certain family law issues may be tempted to lie to help their cases, but this man's case is proof that it is just not worth it.
You are either in the process of getting divorced or you already have. You are either working out a custody arrangement or you already have one in place. Whether you are in the throes of divorce or you are already done, if you find that you need to relocate and want to take your children with you, getting approval to do so may not be as easy as you think. Michigan family law for child custody matters is written in a way that makes it very difficult for one parent to take the children and move too far from the other parent.
Divorcing when children are in the picture can be a nasty affair. Parents do not always agree on what is best for the kids. In Michigan and elsewhere, family law courts often have to get involved when this happens. This seems to be what is going on in the Jolie-Pitt divorce case.
Every year, numerous families in Michigan are affected by divorce. This leaves parents trying to figure out the best way to handle the custody issue. Many courts are leaning toward joint custody arrangements. What does that mean? Who can get it and how can a family law attorney help resolve custody matters?