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  • Markle vs. Markle

    Recent Family Law Developments Case: Markle v. Markle (Unpublished) [click links for full text] Decided: August 14, 2007 Facts: Plaintiff filed his complaint for divorce and petition for temporary custody of the children in Michigan on May 28, 2003, but omitted the affidavit required by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The Van Buren Friend of the Court mailed plaintiff forms on June 2, 2003 to rectify the omission.

  • What is Paternity & How is it Established?

    What is paternity? Establishing paternity means determining that the biological father of a child that is born out of wedlock is in fact the legal father. How is paternity established?

  • Factors in Determining Parenting Time

    Michigan statutes recognize that when parents separate or divorce, their children’s best interests are served by continuation of the parent/child relationship. So strong is this recognition that the law establishes a presumption that it is in the best interests of a child to have strong relationships with both parents. Therefore, parenting time should be of a frequency, duration and type reasonably calculated to promote a strong relationship between the child and the parent.

  • Who Initiates Divorce?

    The National Center for Health Statistics reports that from 1975 to 1988 in the US, in families with children present, wives file for divorce in approximately two-thirds of cases. In 1975, 71.4% of the cases were filed by women, and in 1988, 65% were filed by women. According to a study published in the American Law and Economics Review, women currently file slightly more than two-thirds of divorce cases in the US.

  • Top Causes of Divorce

    Divorce Causes An annual study in the UK by management consultants Grant Thornton estimates the main causes of divorce based on surveys of matrimonial lawyers. The main causes in 2004 (2003) were: * Extramarital affairs - 27% (29%) * Family strains - 18% (11%) * Emotional/physical abuse - 17% (10%) * Mid-life crisis - 13% (not in 2003 survey) * Addictions, e.g. alcoholism and gambling - 6% (5%) * Workaholism - 6% (5%) According to this survey, men engaged in extra-marital affairs in 75% (55%) of...

  • United States Divorce Statistics

    Divorce Statistics In the United States, in 2005 there were 7.5 new marriages per 1,000 people, and 3.6 divorces per 1,000, a ratio that has existed for many individual years since the 1960s. As many statisticians have pointed out, it is very hard to count the divorce rate, since it is hard to determine if a couple who divorce and get back together in that same year should be considered a divorce, so there is in fact no predictive relationship between the two annual totals. This method does not ...

  • Do Michigan grandparents have rights?

    The answer is now: 'Yes, in certain circumstances.' The U.S. Supreme Court's 'Problem' with 'Grandparent Visitation' RightsIn Troxel v Granville, 530 US 57, 65; 120 S Ct 2054, 2060 (2000), the Supreme Court struck down a Washington grandparent visitation statute because it unconstitutionally infringed on parents' fundamental constitutional rights. According to the Supreme Court, "the interest of parents in the care, custody and control of their children--is perhaps the oldest of the fundamental ...

  • What Kind of Grandparenting Time May the Court Allow?

    If the court finds that the grandparent has overcome the presumption in favor of a fit parent, the court next looks to the following factors in deciding how much grandparenting time should be allowed: a. The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the grandparent and the child. b.

  • What is a Divorce?

    Divorce is dissolution of a valid marriage before the death of either spouse. It can be contrasted with annulment, which is a declaration that a marriage is void. A divorce must be certified by a court of law, as a legal action is needed to dissolve the prior legal act of marriage.