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|

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 [...]

General Discussion on Property Division in a Michigan Divorce for My Clients in Wayne, Oakland, and Livingston County

  The property division in a divorce in Michigan is based on many factors. Usually when I interview a client I ask my prospective client what he or she owned on the date of the marriage and what they own today. A major factor in the split involves the length of the marriage for reason that [...]

Separate Property v Marital Property as discussed in recent appeals court cases.

  I. Marital vs Separate Property Ayres v Ayres, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Michigan Court of Appeals, decided December 22, 2011 (Docket No. 297989), on appeal from Otsego County Each party owned a piece of real estate at the time of the marriage, but each contributed to the other’s property and they invested in [...]

Personal Protection Orders explained by John Bain an Attorney in Novi and Howell

I receive many calls regarding Personal Protection Orders. Quite frequently those calls come after the order has been issued. If you are seeking a personal protection order you will find that the courts are set up so that it is very easy to file a Petition for a Personal Protection Order on your own behalf. If a [...]