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Domestic Violence and Divorce: How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

When a court determines what a custody arrangement is going to look like in the wake of a divorce, neither parent necessarily has a better claim than the other. Instead, the court considers what arrangement will be best for the children. In the vast majority of situations, the court will assume that what is best [...]

By |2018-10-17T13:52:44+00:00September 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Domestic Violence and Divorce: How Does Domestic Violence Affect Child Custody?

How to Prepare for a Child Custody Evaluation

Even though you may be a wonderful parent, the thought of a child custody evaluation will likely cause some anxiety. No one wants a trained professional assessing their parenting skills — especially when something as important as parenting time is on the line. Thankfully, the divorce lawyers at Sumner & Associates, P.C. are here to [...]

By |2018-09-20T21:00:04+00:00August 21st, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on How to Prepare for a Child Custody Evaluation

5 Best Interest Factors the Courts Consider When Determining Custody

While a couple often chooses to divorce for their own personal needs, child custody matters are an entirely different story. Neither parent’s personal preference will carry much weight: what will be considered is the best interests of the child. The court takes into account several “best interest factors” when making that judgment. Here we’ll discuss [...]

By |2018-08-09T08:24:47+00:00July 12th, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on 5 Best Interest Factors the Courts Consider When Determining Custody

Should I Include a Revocable Living Trust in My Estate Plan?

What Is a Revocable Living Trust? A revocable living trust allows you to determine who will receive your property upon your death. Since you create this trust while you are still living, it is “revocable” due to the fact that you can alter the trust according to changes in your circumstances or desires. An estate [...]

By |2018-05-15T17:05:14+00:00May 14th, 2018|Estate Planning|Comments Off on Should I Include a Revocable Living Trust in My Estate Plan?

Social Media and Divorce: How Your Posts Can Impact Your Case

When you’re going through a separation from your spouse, it’s important to consider how social media and divorce connect. Most people these days are active on social media websites: Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. It’s become increasingly common to post personal information about your life, family, and frustrations. But be careful about what you post when going through a divorce. Your social [...]

By |2018-04-12T21:09:46+00:00April 12th, 2018|Family Law|Comments Off on Social Media and Divorce: How Your Posts Can Impact Your Case

Dower Rights in Real Property

By definition, a dower is the portion of a deceased husband's real property allowed to his widow for her lifetime. Traditionally, dower rights were a way by which a husband or his family could support a wife and children in the event that she should become a widow. Today, most states in the United States [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:01:06+00:00February 9th, 2016|Family Law, Real Estate|Comments Off on Dower Rights in Real Property

Debts after Death

Am I responsible to pay debts of my deceased loved one? It depends. If the debt is SOLELY in the name of the deceased person, you are not individually responsible, as a loved one of the deceased. Often times, creditors such as hospitals or credit card companies can be aggressive in their collection methods, making [...]

By |2018-04-04T11:54:51+00:00January 9th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Debts after Death

Keeping your Record Clean

More young people now have a chance to correct past mistakes and keep criminal records clean. The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act or HYTA (MCL 762.11 et seq.) was enacted with the thought and understanding that we are all human and sometimes make mistakes. Those mistakes can be corrected if a criminal defendant is eligible for [...]

By |2018-07-02T09:27:09+00:00November 3rd, 2015|Criminal Law|Comments Off on Keeping your Record Clean

Parental Responsibility

“Every child has the right to a parent-child relationship with both parents” If the mother is married, either when she becomes pregnant or the child is born, her husband is considered to be the father (unless a court has determined otherwise). But what if the mother is not married? If the mother is not married, [...]

By |2018-10-17T15:05:54+00:00October 7th, 2015|Family Law|Comments Off on Parental Responsibility

Employment Law

“Have you ever been convicted of a crime, either a misdemeanor or felony?” If yes, describe in detail “Do you currently have any pending charges against you?” If yes, describe in detail. We have all seen these questions on job applications. For some people, the answer is a simple “NO” or “N/A “and it’s on [...]

By |2018-10-17T15:11:03+00:00September 10th, 2015|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Employment Law