Family Law

Family law consists of a body of statutes and case precedents that govern the legal responsibilities between individuals who share a domestic connection. These cases usually involve parties who are related by blood or marriage, but family law can affect those in more distant or casual relationships as well. Due to the emotionally-charged nature of most family law cases, litigants are strongly advised to retain legal counsel.

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  • How Does a Minor Get Emancipated?
      by HG.org

    Some find it surprising, but it is not that uncommon for family law attorneys to hear the question “how does a minor get emancipated?” Reasons for emancipation can vary widely, from unhappy home environments to needing to grant a minor independence to govern his or her own affairs.

  • Steps to Take Before Getting a Divorce
      by HG.org

    As much as getting a divorce is an emotional decision, it is also a financial decision. Once someone has made the decision to pursue a divorce, he or she should immediately take steps to safeguard his financial and legal interests.

  • Contributing to Your Grandchildren's Future

    When estate planning, gifting assets to your grandchildren can do more than help your descendants get a good start in life; it can also reduce the size of your estate and the tax that will be due upon your death.

  • Discouraging Adoption Fraud and Misrepresentation / Duty to Report Abuse and Guarding of Confidentiality

    Especially in the case of adoption, the Code specifically requires an attorney to actively discourage adoption fraud or misrepresentation and prohibits the attorney from engaging in such conduct.

  • Setting and Communicating Attorney Fees

    Both Codes require that an attorney enter into a written fee agreement with a client and requires the attorney to carefully explain and ensure that the client understands the fee agreement. The fees collected by an attorney with respect to an adoption or surrogacy cannot be illegal or unconscionable and must be commensurate with the services provided.

  • Appraising All Parties of Their Rights and Obligations

    Adoptions and Surrogacy Agreements raise substantial ethical considerations. Particularly in the case of Surrogacy Agreements, the parties are essentially contracting with one another for the use of another woman’s uterus.

  • How Do I Garnish Wages for Child Support?
      by HG.org

    In a typical debtor/creditor case, a creditor must go to court and get a judgment against a debtor before it can take part in collection efforts on the debt, such as garnishment or property assignments. Parents who are not receiving the support that they are entitled to receive per an existing court order do not typically have to go through the process of getting a judgment to have wages automatically withheld from the other parent’s wages.

  • Basics of Mediation

    Mediation is negotiating with the assistance of a neutral third party (the mediator) who facilitates the negotiation process.

  • Lower Standard to Remove Restrictions on Parenting Time in Michigan

    To modify custody the parent seeking the modification must show that there is a change in circumstances or good cause to revisit custody before the court will even consider a potential modification. The same is true for parenting time however the courts in Michigan have held that there is a less stringent requirement regarding the change of circumstances or good cause in order to modify parenting time.

  • How Do Support Orders Get Enforced
      by HG.org

    While the first step in getting child or spousal support is to get a court order, this is only the beginning of the process. Unfortunately, many support orders go unpaid. However, there are a variety of ways that such orders can be enforced.


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