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May 2017 Archives

Tips for smart social media use during divorce

No one gets married thinking divorce might one day follow, but in truth, it often does, and the decisions you make during the transition can have substantial effects on how you fare in the proceedings. Nowadays, divorcing couples face problems that those who divorced years ago may not have, and social media usage is among them.

How to establish paternity

Establishing paternity is important for both Michigan fathers and their children. By establishing paternity, children who are born to unmarried parents have the same rights and benefits as those born to married parents. Not only do they get to exercise the right to have a relationship with both parents, but children also get the benefit of financial support from both parents.

Changing a custody agreement due to substance abuse

An estranged Michigan parent may become concerned that the other parent is abusing drugs or alcohol. If this is happening when a judge is making a decision about custody and visitation, the parent should take these concerns to the custody hearing along with any relevant documentation. This documentation should not just show evidence of the substance abuse but should also demonstrate that it puts the child in danger. The judge may also consider whether there is a history of substance abuse in making a decision about what custody and visitation arrangement will serve the best interests of the child.

Protecting inheritances

Michigan residents can take certain steps to ensure that their wealth and assets are protected for future generations. They should discuss which estate-planning documents they should use with an estate attorney and should consider having the attorney draft the documents as well. Individuals may also want to have their estate attorney and their financial advisor collaborate with one another so that a plan can be created that can meet their exact needs.

Getting married without embracing a spouse's debt

Michigan couples who consider their financial positions prior to marriage could spare themselves turmoil in the future. A prenuptial agreement serves as a legal tool for two people to make declarations concerning the division of property and debt in the event of a divorce.