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Your income and your financial obligations to your children

When two Michigan parents go through a divorce, their main priority is the protection and well-being of their children. Most parents understand that the process of divorce can be hardest on the children, and as a result, they strive to provide them with a reasonable custody order that allows them to have access to both parents. It's not always as easy to come to an agreement on the issue of child support. 

Until a child reaches the age of 18, his or her parents have a legal obligation to provide financial support. What this means depends on the details of the individual situation, such as the needs of the child and the income of the parent. Whether you believe you should receive these types of payments or you want to understand what you can expect regarding your own financial obligations after divorce, you may want to learn more about how your income can impact support.

Mediation could save your post-divorce co-parenting relationship

By nature, the traditional courtroom experience is adversarial. Litigation tends to pit one side against the other. That may be okay under certain circumstances, but when it comes to Michigan parents getting a divorce, this could prove catastrophic.

Parents need to continue working together despite the end of their marriages. "Battling" in a courtroom over custody of the children is not a good way to begin a new chapter in the life of a family. If you find yourself thinking the same thing, you may want to try mediating your child custody issues instead.

What you need to know about getting a DUI

If you have just gotten charged for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, you may be unsure what to do next. Hopefully you never find yourself in this situation but in case you do, here are some things to know.

In Michigan, a first offense Operating While Intoxicated charge (OWI) or Driving Under the Influence (DUI) charge entitles fines, driving restrictions, community service and/or jail-time. Here are some things you can expect to happen if you are pulled over and suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.


Friend of the Court is an administrative agency that is heavily involved in all family law cases involving minor children, but few people know who they are, or what they do before they step through the door of their office for the first time. Just whose friend are they, whose best interest are they looking out for, and why do I need to talk to them at all? These might be just a few of the questions you have if you're facing a family law matter for the first time, which can be one of the most uncertain and traumatic events in life. Hopefully the information below takes away some of that uncertainty, however, feel free to contact our office if you have any further questions.


Obtaining legal rights for an unmarried father in Michigan is not as simple as being on the birth certificate. An unwed father must prove to a Judge he is the father before he can be given any rights to custody or parenting time.


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