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How Long Does a Divorce Take in Michigan?

If you have decided to dissolve your marriage, chances are you want to get things over with quickly. But how long does a divorce take in Michigan, and what can you expect during the process? Unfortunately, there's no simple answer to that question. Each case is unique, and a multitude of factors can impact the [...]

By |2019-09-25T13:48:37+00:00September 18th, 2019|Family Law|Comments Off on How Long Does a Divorce Take in Michigan?

Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce: What’s the Difference?

As a no-fault divorce state, Michigan doesn't require you to prove grounds for divorce. But that doesn't mean that all divorces are smooth sailing. In any divorce, both you and your ex will have to settle important issues regarding custody, support, property division, and alimony. How well you can negotiate these terms will determine whether [...]

By |2019-09-25T13:56:55+00:00September 18th, 2019|Family Law|Comments Off on Contested vs. Uncontested Divorce: What’s the Difference?

Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Michigan?

Should you file first, or let your spouse file? Does it matter who files for divorce first in Michigan? The truth is, in most cases, not really. But in particularly acrimonious divorces, making the first move could be a good idea. Deciding on the Jurisdiction If you and your spouse have already separated, you may [...]

By |2019-09-19T23:06:23+00:00August 26th, 2019|Family Law|Comments Off on Does It Matter Who Files for Divorce First in Michigan?

How to Get a Divorce in Michigan

Divorce can be a stressful and emotional process, as well as a complicated and time-consuming one. If you and your spouse are thinking of untying the knot, what can you expect? Below, we discuss how to get a divorce in Michigan and how an attorney can help. Filing a Petition for Divorce One spouse begins the [...]

By |2019-08-29T15:24:27+00:00August 26th, 2019|Family Law|Comments Off on How to Get a Divorce in Michigan

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 |2019-05-07T08:29:37+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 |2019-05-07T08:36:39+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 |2019-06-05T08:25:12+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