For some parents in Michigan and elsewhere, paying child support is not always an easy and straightforward thing. Sometimes there is conflict between parents over a number of child support issues -- such as the ability to pay, how much to pay and when to stop paying, among others. Such family law issues of the rich and famous are often splashed on the front pages of national publications. Most recently this is the case for actor and reality television star Dean McDermott.
When a marriage falls apart, it is not always easy trying to decide how to officially end it. For some Michigan residents the answer is simple: file for divorce. For others, there may be a desire to seek an annulment. No matter which one a person is interested in, a family law attorney can help.
Whenever a parent has to go on a business trip, the other parent is there to care for the children during his or her absence. When it is the other parent's turn to go on a trip, the roles will be exchanged. That has given families nationwide, including in Michigan, the concept of birds nesting. Although this is not a custody or parenting option included in statutes or family law, it has proved to be ideal for families who want to spare their children the upset of moving between the homes of divorced parents.
Child custody plans can be difficult to figure out. Knowing which will best serve one's family is certainly a challenge. Thankfully, in Michigan, just like in other states, there are various options available. One can turn to his or her family law attorney for help in achieving the custody arrangement desired.
Divorce season -- does Michigan have such a thing? According to a study from a leading university, yes it might. When is it? What is a family law attorney's role during divorce season?
Traditional divorce can get messy and be a long, drawn out process. Those in Michigan who want to handle their family law issues in a different way can with mediation. What exactly is mediation and where does an attorney fit in to this alternative divorce process?
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.
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.
If you are considering divorce, you are likely concerned about the cost and time to finalize your divorce. Luckily, there are strategies to speed up the process. This post will go over some of those strategies.
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.