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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    Recent Family Law Developments Case: Markle v. Markle (Unpublished) [click links for full text] Decided: August 14, 2007 Facts: Plaintiff filed his complaint for divorce and petition for temporary custody of the children in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...