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March 2017 Archives

4 things to know if a business is part of a divorce

A business is a tremendous asset for many people. While it is true that many businesses will end up shuttering their doors, a successful business is a major factor in the property division process if you are going through a divorce. When you are going through a divorce, you must keep a close eye on the claims your ex-husband is making regarding the business. 

Many divorce courts are considering pet custody issues

When dividing assets at the end of a marriage, it is often necessary to valuate some of the belongings. However, there are often possessions that have mere sentimental value to one or the other spouse, and those assets may be used as pawns or weapons during the divorce. Too often in Michigan, pets are included in these scenarios. In some states, however, more couples are asking courts to consider their pets more like children than possessions.

Child custody battle brings an unusual ruling

Sometimes, a judge must make a difficult decision in family court. This may be especially true in child custody cases when the court must determine what situation will be in a child's best interests. While every family in Michigan and across the country is unique, some families have circumstances for which there is little precedent. In those cases, the parents will likely need strong advocates to represent their interests before the court.

Divorcing or getting married? Time to change your will!

Many people like to think that creating a last will or estate plan is a one-time effort. However, that is simply not true unless you wait until your death is imminent. The best way to approach your last will and estate plan is to handle it early in life and update it often.

Divorce trends show couples marrying and divorcing later in life

Pew Research Center for Health Statistics has just released its latest report concerning current trends in marriage in the United States. In cooperation with the U.S. Census Bureau, Pew examined various age groups and their tendencies to marry and divorce at different times of life. While divorce rates among younger couples in Michigan and elsewhere are still high, baby boomers are catching up quickly. In fact, the rate of divorce among couples between ages 50 and 70 nearly tripled in the past 25 years.

Criminal defense against DUI may soon face tougher laws

Recently, a Michigan man was arrested after an accident in which a 62-year-old mother and grandmother died. The 50-year-old man allegedly drove through a red light and collided with the woman's SUV. Police arrested him for drunk driving and say his license was suspended for a previous DUI conviction. Now, because many are saying that lenient laws for drunk drivers may be responsible for this tragedy, the man's criminal defense may need to be handled delicately.

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