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Michigan Child Custody

Michigan Child Custody is usually the most emotional and traumatic part of divorce cases. There is Michigan legal custody, i.e., the decision-making part of raising the child; and physical custody, i.e., who physically raises the child. There is also sole custody or joint custody under each of these headings. The basis for determining Michigan child [..]

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Child Support

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC Michigan child support is money paid by a non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the support of a minor child. In determining the amount of child support, Michigan has adopted a Statewide Child Support Guideline. Child support is modifiable [..]

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Michigan Spousal Support

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC Michigan spousal support, also called alimony, is a sum of money usually paid by one spouse to another spouse for the support and maintenance of the spouse.  There are 11 relevant factors to be considered by the Court in determining [..]

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JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC JUDGMENT OF DIVORCE The parties usually arrive at a settlement of all their property rights after negotiation or after mediation. If settlement is not reached, the matter will be decided by the court after a trial. You must be absolutely [..]

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Divorce Discovery Phase

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC After you file for divorce and the answer to the compliant for divorce is filed what happens next?  This time is usually referred to as the divorce discovery phase of the divorce process.  The divorce discovery phase is usually spent [..]

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Michigan Divorce Process

  By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC Michigan divorce process starts with the filing of a Compliant for Divorce.  The Plaintiff is the party who starts the lawsuit; the person whom files the Complaint for Divorce.  The divorce is filed and resolved by the Family Division of the Circuit Court. [..]

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DIVORCE TERMS AND DOCUMENTS

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC When you file a Michigan divorce case the documents/pleadings include but are not limited to the following: Summons This document notifies the other spouse that a suit has been started. He or she has 21 days, if personally served in [..]

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Wayne County Friend of the Court (FOC)

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC The Wayne County Friend of the Court (FOC) is now located, effective January 3, 2017, in a new and improved office space in the historic Penobscot Building.   Please note that the Wayne County FOC has a new phone number: 1-877-543-2660. [..]

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Michigan Divorce Checklist

By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC Once the holidays are over and the vacation suitcases are put away, it may be time to start planning for something that you may have been putting off – a divorce.  Divorce is complicated – legally, financially and emotionally.  A [..]

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MICHIGAN CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINE

MICHIGAN CHILD SUPPORT GUIDELINE By: Robert J. Stelmock, Attorney, GAL, Parenting Coordinator & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC In determining the amount of child support, Michigan has adopted a Statewide Child Support Guideline, hereinafter Michigan Child Support Guideline. The Judge and the Friend of the Court, hereinafter FOC, must use the Michigan Child Support [..]

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