Who has the right to custody if you are not married?

Quite frequently when parties are not married and both parents are at the hospital a Affidavit of Parentage is signed. This document has legal implications as to custody of the child as it grants initial physical and legal custody of the child to the mother. Even if this document has been signed the father can [...]

2019-03-05T18:01:30+00:00 March 5th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Power of Attorney

I was recently involved in a case in which two people lived together one of whom could not manage their own affairs. The disabled person suffered from Alzheimer’s disease and was being cared for by her lifelong companion. The lifelong companion died suddenly and it became necessary to make arrangements to have the Alzheimer’s patient [...]

2018-05-10T18:14:04+00:00 February 20th, 2017|Uncategorized|

Over the years I have had received calls from people upset because their fiancee wanted them to sign a prenuptial agreement. I have also received calls from people who were worried about protecting their assets in case their marriage ended in divorce. Prenuptial ageements are valid and binding in Michigan.  People who are getting married [...]

Preparing for a divorce?

Over the years I have spoke with many people who are thinking of getting divorced and are unable to document what has happened in the past year. Quite often they have a general idea but they cannot be specific. I have found that it is best to get make a calendar with enough notes to [...]

2018-05-10T18:14:04+00:00 April 22nd, 2015|child custody, Divorce, Parenting Time|

Change of custody and change in parenting time issues in Novi and Howell, Michigan

A few years ago changes were made in custody and child support rules in the state of Michigan. In the past there was a cutoff in the number of days used to calculate support which created a lot of fighting regarding parenting time. Under the old rules there were not allowances in support for a [...]

Child Custody Issues In Howell, Novi, Brighton, Milford, Wixom, South Lyon, Livonia, Plymouth, Farmington Hills, Walled Lake, and Commerce

Over the years I have seen people hurt their ability to obtain custody or be awarded substantial parenting time by moving out of the home where the children live without a court ordered agreement regarding custody and parenting time. Quite frequently they fall into the trap by way of their spouse or significant other requesting that they [...]