CHILD SUPPORT: TO MODIFY OR NOT TO MODIFY

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CHILD SUPPORT: TO MODIFY OR NOT TO MODIFY

March 28th, 2018

Child Support is a hot topic this time of year. People are tallying up their holiday bills, reviewing last year’s wages, and taking stock of where they are financially. This naturally becomes a time when people on both sides of the child support equation become interested in modifying their support, either to get a reduction […]

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KEEPING SPOUSAL SUPPORT FAIR

February 28th, 2018

DIRTY WORDS IN DIVORCE: George Carlin once graced audiences with the “7 dirty words.  Divorce in Michigan also has its own list of dirty words; spousal support, child support, physical custody, legal custody, and qdro.  In this 5 part blog post we will explore each of these words, define them, and attempt to make some […]

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Family Law Attorney Has Multi-Perspective View

January 28th, 2018

My name is Michael E. Thomas and I have found myself involved in every facet of family court at one time or another.  I have been a Clerk to a family court judge. I have been a Plaintiff’s attorney. I have been a Defendant’s attorney. I have been a Plaintiff. And I have been a […]

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Post-Employment Covenants

December 28th, 2017

Is there importance that lies in post-employment covenants? Many business owners attempt to protect their business interests by asking employees to agree to post-employment restrictive covenants, including covenants not to compete, not to solicit customers, and not to solicit other employees. Usually these convents show up in an employee’s initial employment contract or as a […]

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Holiday Parenting Time

November 28th, 2017

Ho Ho Ho it is that time of year again. The holidays are upon us, it is also time to make those holiday plans. Nothing is more discouraging during the holidays than having a parenting time Order which was poorly written and indecipherable or simply does not have the parenting time which you believe to […]

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Parenting Time Schedules During The Holidays

October 28th, 2017

Deck the halls with boughs of holly; The holiday season is quickly approaching. This can be a time of reflection, cheer, good deeds, and family.  Unfortunately all too often this can also be a time of anxiety and anger if your parenting time schedule is not specific or is not the ideal schedule.  What can […]

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Don’t Fall For These Four Myths About Alimony

September 28th, 2017

In divorce proceedings, it’s common for the topic of money to come up. When you’ve shared a household, life-related expenses, and childcare costs with someone, it’s expected that your split will have to include many financial arrangements. Alimony, also called “spousal support,” is an economic package that is sometimes awarded to a certain spouse to […]

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How To Win A Child Custody Fight

August 28th, 2017

Winning a child custody case requires strategy, preparation, preparation, and preparation. Did I mention preparation? A child custody fight is like walking into any battle, you need three things: a goal, a plan, and a strategy as to how your plan will be executed. Being prepared in for this battle may be the most important […]

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Parental Alienation

July 28th, 2017

Parental alienation is a term that can be heard with regularity in any family court room across the state of Michigan.  Each and every time the term is used it creates an anxiety on both sides of the aisle.  The cause of this anxiety is most certainly a lack of understanding of the concept, who […]

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JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY

June 28th, 2017

Lately I have seen numerous posts on Facebook and read many articles on dealing with an uncooperative co-parent. One area many of our family courts repeatedly fail in is in assigning legal custody of a minor child. There is a common misconception that legal custody is “handed out like candy” and “everyone gets joint legal […]

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