Blog Posts Tagged with custody
May 2, 2016 at 6:22 PM EDT
Divorce is difficult. Divorce is emotional. Divorce is expensive and time consuming. Even if you think that you don’t have a lot of “stuff” or you believe that you and your spouse “agree on everything,” rarely is that actually the case. Even if you don’t own much property, chances are you do have debt, which must also be divided. Whether you have been married five, ten, or fifteen years, you have accumulated things; you have joined two lives into one that now must be...
February 19, 2016 at 8:11 AM EST
In situations where both parties want to end their marriage and agree to the settlement terms, the parties often wonder whether they can hire one lawyer to handle the case. This request is usually made to help keep down the legal costs.
The rules of ethics for Michigan attorneys, however, do not permit lawyers to represent both parties in a divorce.
Michigan Rule of Professional Conduct 1.7 says a lawyer “shall not” represent a client if the representation of that client will be...
November 5, 2015 at 8:32 PM EST
Legislation that would require courts to award joint custody in divorce cases is being criticized by trial judges and family-law practitioners as being ill-conceived and not in the best interests of Michigan children.
House Bill 4141 would mandate that trial courts order joint custody unless there is clear and convincing evidence that a parent is unfit, unwilling or unable to care for the children.
Trial judges assert that HB 4141 eliminates their discretion in custody and parenting-time cases, while...