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Appeals Court Creates New Crime to Affirm Conviction

This case, State v Helen, arose out of North Carolina.  The facts, on the surface, were about as favorable as it gets for the prosecutor. The accused had a tail light out.  [If I had a dime for every defendant I represented who was pulled over for a tail light…]  The officer stopped the motorist; […]

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The 2013 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual

Back in January 2008, the Friend of the Court Bureau of the State Court Administrator’s Office published a fairly comprehensive set of changes to the Michigan Child Support Formula.  Next week, their new child support manual comes out; the first since those 2008 changes.  This post covers all the significant changes that take effect on […]

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Crimes that Involve Social Media

No, we’re not talking about the ubiquitous spamming that should be made a crime; we’re referring to real crimes. Winding down my court appearances for 2012, I am struck by the number of criminal cases I had this year that involved social media.  Either the crime started with a social media component, or involved some […]

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Divorce Detox California Style

Divorce can be thought of negatively and accurately as a self-inflicted wound that harms people other than the once-married couple. Divorce Detox is a therapeutic counseling regimen for folks going through divorce; divorce “recovery” may be more apt.  The Santa Monica, CA based program will not cure you, but you will feel better about yourself. […]

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Six Holiday Parenting Tips

This is a seasonal re-post from last December.  The suggestions apply to divorced or separated families this time of the year. Often, tensions escalate over the holidays as divorced parents struggle with the demands of scheduling the children to accommodate two households.  Holiday schedules are already difficult without the complications of a divorce judgment or […]

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False Claims in Custody Battle Will Bite You Back

Written by Family Law Lawyer Amanda Chapman Let’s face it – it’s no surprise that emotions run high during a divorce where custody of the children is at issue.  With divorce comes uncertainty, and uncertainty regarding where your children will live, and with whom, is a nightmare for most parents.   Sometimes, when in the midst […]

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Six Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

Often, tensions escalate over the holidays as divorced parents struggle with the demands of scheduling the children to accommodate two households.  Holiday schedules are already difficult without the complications of a divorce judgment or divorce proceeding. Here are some practical tips in dealing with holiday parenting time gleaned from divorce lawyers around the state. Reduce […]

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The Veterans Administration and the Aid & Attendance Benefit

The VA provides a little known benefit called the Aid & Attendance benefit available to qualified veterans.  The service requirements to qualify for this benefit include serving at least 90-days of active duty with one day during a war-time period.  A dishonorable discharge disqualifies the veteran from receiving the benefit. If qualified, the maximum annual […]

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Widows Experience High Foreclosure Rate

One of the lingering twists to the real estate recession of the past five-years is that widows over the age of 50 are experiencing drastically increased foreclosures according to the AARP.  This glitch in the foreclosure crisis arises due to the prevalence of mortgage notes obligating husbands-only; when they die, their widows often do not […]

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