Family Law

Cheating & Divorce: How Cheating Impacts Property Settlement, Alimony and Child Custody in 2019

When you or your spouse decide to get a divorce, how does the divorce court handle the issue of infidelity. After all, the cheating spouse should be punished...right?

Does the innocent spouse get more money? Does the cheating spouse lose custody of the kids?

Watch to learn all about how Michigan courts typically deal with infidelity in family court, including how it impacts child support, child custody, property settlement and alimony! 

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Posted on April 18, 2019 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

Understanding and Dumbing Down the Divorce Process

Getting a divorce? The idea of getting a divorce can be so overwhelming and scary, but it's important to get a good grasp of what the divorce process entails. In this video, I'll explain the basic process and what you can expect in a divorce.

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Posted on March 14, 2019 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

How Much Will I Pay In Child Support in Michigan?

 

Child Support

Child Support! Help!

In Michigan, to determine how much child support a parent pays, the courts use a formula called the Michigan Child Support Guidelines. This formula is based largely on the income of the parties and the amount of overnights the child spends with each parent. If the child spends more than 128 overnights with the parent that pays child support, child support may be reduced based on a calculation using the joint economic responsibility formula, which means that the support obligation will go down.

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Posted on April 29, 2016 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

What is a Contested Divorce? What is an Uncontested Divorce?

Michigan uncontested divorceUncontested Divorce? Contested Divorce? What's the Difference?!

Many people have a misunderstanding of what it means to have a contested or uncontested divorce. Many think that an uncontested divorce is always cheaper, quicker and more efficient than a contested divorce; that is not necessarily the case. In fact, the difference between a contested and uncontested divorce have nothing to do with cost, timeliness or efficiency, but rather the involvement of the Defendant. 

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Posted on February 22, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

Who’s Who and What do They Do in a Family/Divorce Action?

Michigan divorceWho is the Plaintiff? Who is the Friend of the Court? What does the Judge do?

The Plaintiff is the party who starts the suit by filing the Complaint. The Defendant is the opposing party. The divorce or family case is resolved by the Family Court Division in the Circuit Court for the County in which you reside. 

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Posted on February 22, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

How Much Does it Cost to Hire a Divorce Attorney?

Michigan DivorceThis is probably one of the biggest considerations for someone wanting to file a divorce, but because every divorce is different, the cost of the divorce will depend on your particular situation and circumstances. For example, a 20-year marriage involving minor children with a significant amount of assets and property will likely require more time to resolve than a 2-year marriage involving no children and very little assets. 

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Posted on February 11, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

What is the Procedure for Filing for Divorce?

Michigan divorceBefore filing for divorce, a party must reside in the State of Michigan for at least 180 days preceding the filing of the complaint and must reside in the county where the complaint is filed for at least 10 days preceding the filing of the complaint.  For example, a person who wants to file for divorce in Oakland County needs to have been a resident of Oakland County for at least ten days and a resident of the State of Michigan for at least 180 days before s/he can file a complaint for divorce.

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Posted on February 11, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

How Long does it Take to get a Divorce in Michigan?


Michigan divorce attorneyThere are minimum timelines that are required by law. In Michigan, a divorce can be granted in as little as 60 days if there are no children involved. If minor children are involved, there is a statutory six-month waiting period before the divorce can be granted. The six-month waiting period usually helps ensure the parties have carefully thought out all issues and have ruled out reconciliation. Some judges will be willing to waive the waiting period if the parties have resolved all issues.

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Posted on February 8, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law

What are the Grounds for a Divorce in Michigan?

How to divorce MichiganMichigan is a No-Fault Divorce State

Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, which means you do not have to prove fault to get a divorce.

Michigan’s only requirement is that a party establishes that “there has been a breakdown in the marital relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved.”

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Posted on February 7, 2014 by Madana M. Hermiz, Esq. in Family Law