All posts in category Family Law

Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt Warns Attorneys of Child Support Loophole

Mail requirement creates child support loophole

Earlier this year, Michigan passed two new paternity laws that make it easier for state agencies to connect parents in need with child support from their former partners. Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt explains why that may not always be a good thing.

After the Divorce: Joint Legal Custody

The divorce is over. The Judgment is signed. Now what do you need to do to take care of your kids? What does it mean to have joint legal custody after the divorce?

After the Divorce: Financial Beneficiaries

Who is your financial beneficiary after a divorce?

Once your Judgment of Divorce has been signed and the case is closed, you may be ready to move on with your life. But neglecting the final steps of putting your divorce into action could be a time-consuming and costly mistake.

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.

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