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Michigan Family Law Updates

Over the past several months, as Michigan and the nation grind through a sustained recession, many articles have appeared pointing to the trend of couples staying together, despite a doomed marriage.  The fact is, divorce is very expensive.  In the attached article from the Star-Ledger (New Jersey), Attorney Susan Reach Winters answers the editor’s questions on this tough subject.  […]

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Supreme Court to Decide Juvenile Lifer Cases

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases from Florida involving life sentences for juvenile offenders: Graham v Florida and Sullivan v Florida. What makes these cases interesting, and thus important, is that the victims in the cases were not killed, yet the offenders received life sentences without parole. A […]

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WSJ Readers Respond Emotionally to Article on Alimony

Alimony, now known as spousal support here in Michigan, is one of those topics in family law that elicits an emotional response from nearly everyone.  In tough economic times, most people have a gut reaction to the concept of paying financial support for an ex-spouse.  Whether alimony is appropriate, however, is a fact-specific analysis, with each family […]

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US Supreme Court Hears Juvenile Lifer Case

On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two consolidated cases from Florida involving life sentences for juvenile offenders: Graham v Florida and Sullivan v Florida. What makes these cases interesting, and thus important, is that the victims in the cases were not killed, yet the offenders received life sentences without parole. A […]

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Two Day Jury Trial in Oakland Circuit Results in Not Guilty Verdict

On Monday and Tuesday of this week, I was in a jury trial in Oakland County Circuit Court before Judge John McDonald. I think he’s a great judge, mostly because I’ve never lost a trial in his courtroom. This trial made four straight. The odds, as usual, were stacked against acquittal. The principal charge was […]

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Child Support Reduction & Collection Requests Flood Friends of Court

The pain is inflicted on both sides of the fence in family court cases across the state.  For those paying child support, and for its recipients, the depressed economy in Southeast Michigan is taking a toll.    As a recent article in the Detroit News makes clear, the Friend of the Court in counties accross Michigan are scrambling […]

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