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Types of Criminal Child Abuse in Michigan

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The Wolverine State has one of the most intricate child abuse laws in the country. Section 750.136b sets out four different levels of child abuse, which are outlined below. All four kinds have significant direct consequences. There are significant indirect consequences as well. A child abuse conviction creates serious issues in family court, even… Read More »

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Answering Delinquent Child Support Charges in Oakland County

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In the Wolverine State, less than half of residential parents receive their full child support allotments. Since either Oakland County or the State of Michigan is ultimately responsible for collecting child support, high delinquency rates make politicians look bad. So, child support prosecutors are very aggressive. They often take action after just a few… Read More »

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Protective Orders in Michigan: What You Need to Know

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Domestic violence is one of the most pervasive problems of our era. Statistically, a domestic violence incident occurs every nine seconds. Due to the scope of the problem, and the potential tragic consequences, protection is readily available for people who need it. That being said, protective orders in Oakland County are not as easy… Read More »

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Prenuptial Agreements in Michigan: What You Need to Know

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Many Millenials are children of divorce. So, they are often willing to do almost anything to ensure that their own marriages last. So, it is not surprising that Millennials obtain prenuptial agreements in record numbers. Unlike their mothers and fathers, these new husbands and wives understand the full value of a prenuptial pact. These… Read More »

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Types of Home Invasion Crimes in Michigan

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“Home invasion” is basically a burglary of a building while someone is inside. The occupant might not even be aware that a burglary is in progress, but aggressive Oakland County prosecutors often charge these incidents as home invasions. There are a number of possible defenses. Burglary and other personal crimes almost always involve eyewitnesses…. Read More »

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Understanding Child Custody in Michigan

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Under Michigan law, custody, parenting time, and other divorce-related decisions about the children must be in the children’s best interests. Most parents agree with this broad principle, but they disagree on specific points. “The devil,” as they say, “is in the details.” Additionally, some parents confuse concepts like the best interests of the children… Read More »

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Bond and Jail Issues in Waterford & Clarkston

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Prompt pretrial release is a very important component of an effective criminal defense. If the defendant remains incarcerated, the presumption of innocence essentially becomes a presumption of guilt. People who are in jail cannot participate effectively in their own defense. An attorney-client partnership is more difficult if the accused sits in jail pending resolution… Read More »

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What You Need to Know About Parental Alienation

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In many divorce cases, an insidious process occurs –sometimes subtly, other times blatantly- whereby one parent alienates the other parent from their children. The alienating parent, the mother in many cases, tries to create an emotional disruption between the child and the targeted parent;  usually the noncustodial father. Family therapists refer to this dynamic… Read More »

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The Three Types of Adoption in Waterford & Clarkston

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Since they give us a chance to build families up, most Waterford & Clarkston adoption attorneys love doing adoptions. The final court dates are often joyous occasions. Many Waterford & Clarkston judges allow families to decorate the courtroom and throw parties. But adoptions are also highly technical matters which require a great deal of… Read More »

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Classification, Valuation, and Resolution Issues in Divorce Business Valuation Matters

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Millions of Michiganders own small businesses. In fact, almost 90 percent of the business in the Wolverine State have fewer than 20 employees. Millions of other people have side businesses and ongoing freelance gigs. They are Uber drivers, website designers, salespeople, and the list goes on. Typically, the money these endeavors produce is a… Read More »

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