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Religion, the Constitution, and Kim Davis

Religion, the Constitution, and Kim Davis

I was going to leave it alone. I was going to let Kim Davis’s protest of the United States Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision go without comment, figuring it would work itself out eventually. Then she ignored a court order and was held in contempt and her supporters began yelling about religious persecution.

Gay Marriage Meets the Revocation of Paternity Act

Gay Marriage and the Revocation of Paternity Act

The public face of the marriage equality movement has always been about the dignity and respect due to gay and lesbian couples. Behind the scenes, though, there are thousands of state and federal laws that are affected by expanding the definition of marriage, including the Michigan Revocation of Paternity Act. In the next few years, […]

Gay Divorce in Michigan is Now a Thing

Gay divorce is now legal in Michigan

LGBT couples have found themselves in a legal gray area for years. Since the United States Supreme Court has struck down the state’s gay marriage ban, gay divorce in Michigan is now a thing.

In Jail for Refusing Parenting Time? What Parental Alienation Looks Like

Judge sends kids to jail in parental alienation case

The news has been buzzing these last few days about Judge Lisa Gorcyca’s decision to send three children, ages 14, 10, and 9, to a juvenile detention facility after they refused parenting time with their father. See what happens when parental alienation gets taken to the extreme.

3 Tips for Parenting After Divorce

Your Parenting decisions affect your children after a divorce

Let’s face it, divorce is hard on children. But the choices you make after the Judgment of Divorce is signed can make a big difference in the lives of your kids. Here are 3 tips for being a better divorced parent. 1. Don’t Diss Your Ex Depending on how bad the relationship got before you […]

SCOTUS Says Gays Have Fundamental Right to Marriage Equality

SCOTUS Grants Marriage Equality

The decision that thousands of Michigan couples have been waiting for for months, even years, has finally arrived. On June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that gay and lesbian couples have a fundamental right to marriage equality. Here’s a look at the decision.

Just Living Together is Expensive, Legally Speaking

The cost of not getting married

Half of America isn’t married. And while live-in couples may be avoiding wedding expenses, they might just be setting themselves up for expensive legal work later on.

Co-Parenting: You're Doing It Right.

Co-parenting letter hits the nail on the head

A recent article in the Detroit Free Press does a better job of explaining co-parenting than any attorney ever will. In “An open letter to my ex-husband’s new girlfriend,” Tina Plantamura, an Asbury Park Press Contributor, shows just what it means to put the kids first.

Fighting for Sole Custody: More Trouble Than It's Worth

Fighting for sole custody may not be worth the effort

Sole custody is on the top of some people’s wish list when they start a divorce or a custody battle. But taking that issue all the way to trial may be more trouble than it’s worth. A potential client, call her Amy, sits across from me in my office. She is upset. We’ve already had […]

What Fathers Should Know About the Genetic Parentage Act

Find out about the new Genetic Paternity Act

In March 2015, two new laws went into effect in Michigan that are designed to make it easier for the state to collect child support for children born to unwed mothers. If you are a father to a child receiving state aid, here’s why you need to pay attention.

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