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Apr
25
In Michigan, there are two ways to change your name.  One way is to just change it.  You can start using another name any time you want when you apply for a job or buy something for example. That is because Michigan still has “common law” with… Read More
Apr
12
                In every case involving minor children, the court must enter an order or judgment for parenting time and custody.  Many times, the parents themselves are able to reach an agreement, perhaps through mediation.  That is… Read More
Dec
14
                Deck the halls with boughs of holly…                 I’ll be home for Christmas, you can count on me…                 Silent night, holy night…                 Dancin… Read More
Nov
16
          Michigan has a Juvenile Code that covers proceedings to terminate parental rights based on abuse or neglect. When there is a complaint to CPS about abuse or neglect, CPS has the obligation to “investigate” the claim and substan… Read More
Nov
12
                Now that the United States Supreme Court has decided the landmark case of Obergefell v Hodges, 135 S.Ct. 2584 (June 26, 2015), LGBT or same sex couples can marry—not only in Michigan but anywhere in the United States.… Read More
Oct
19
Financial distress is a major contributor to the breakdown of many marriages. The student loan crisis in America is reaching epidemic proportions, with 1 in every 5 households paying on an outstanding educational loan, and 10% of households owing mo… Read More
Oct
12
                People buy and sell personal property all the time on Ebay, Craig’s List, and other places where property is regularly listed for sale. In the law, there are a few different “types” of property. One type of proper… Read More
Oct
5
            So…you have a high-interest mortgage or an adjustable rate mortgage, and you notice that there are better deals out there. In fact, after the real estate crisis in 2007-08, the federal government encouraged lenders to offer … Read More
Sep
21
          If you think you have problems, you should read the decision in Ketchmark v Haynan, which was issued on September 15, 2015 by the Michigan Court of Appeals (Docket No. 321201).  This case involves Judge Archie Hayman, who was the… Read More
Sep
14
                Almost everyone who deals with divorce has a horror story about how a party dissipated the marital estate, destroyed property, or repeatedly violated court orders.  There is a solution for that:  a court can appoint a… Read More
Sep
9
                There is a distinct difference between representing a man in a divorce and a woman in a divorce.  Most men will say, “Whatever happens, don’t let her get my retirement.”  Women say:  “Whatever happens, I want… Read More
Aug
19
                It’s tempting to “document” all of your contact with your ex-spouse, especially if there are minor children involved. You never know when you’ll be back in court or when the court will decide to hold an evidenti… Read More
Aug
11
                Be careful.  You can become part of a partnership without even knowing it and then become personally liable for the partnership’s debts and your partner’s fraud.                 In Fall v Loudon, 200… Read More
Aug
3
                The media is full of stories about “urban farming,” which usually refers to the conversion of blighted or vacant inner-city property to tree farms and crop farming.  In Township of Williamston v Hudson, and family… Read More
Jul
26
              Michigan Supreme Court Justice Robert Young has now weighed in on District Court Judge Christopher Easthope.   After Judge Easthope’s problems were reported on mlive.com, many Ann Arbor citizens called for the judge… Read More
Jul
20
With the award given Caitlin Jenner on 7/15/15 and her speech, many people are now talking about transgendered citizens.  Transgendered generally means that a person has the physical anatomy of one gender but feels more like the other gender and wan… Read More
Jul
14
     When a child turns 18, he/she is an adult in Michigan. That means that the child is no longer entitled to support from parents unless he/she is still in high school with a reasonable chance of graduating.  That makes life very difficult when… Read More
Jul
3
                For many years, Michigan has permitted couples to sign pre-nuptial agreements that will govern if one of them dies or they divorce.  There are some requirements if a pre-nup is to be enforced.  The parties must have the capa… Read More
Jul
2
Treatment of Advanced Degrees Obtained During a Marriage             Marriage is often described as a partnership.  Often, a “fruit tree” is used as a metaphor:  the couple plants a fruit tree, nourishes it and cares for it, and t… Read More
Jul
1
                If you are a member of the LGBT community—or have a family member who is—or have a friend who is, life changed dramatically on June 26, 2015 when the U.S. Supreme Court held that everyone in this country has a right… Read More
Apr
3
Getting divorced is hard.  Fighting for custody is hard.  In the end, some parents experience “battle fatigue” and are talked into an outcome that they later regret.    Many parents assume that after the dust settles, they can go into court… Read More
Mar
6
Where’s the Proof? A Primer on Evidence Collection and Presentation in Family Law Cases By: Dan Ferency When a person walks into an attorney’s office for the first time for advice about a potential divorce, custody disagreement, or other family… Read More
Feb
6
There’s an old adage you hear at weddings:  “Until death do us part.”    Unfortunately, 50% of the marriages end in divorce these days and not in death.  Despite that statistic, there actually are some circumstances where people are tied t… Read More
Jan
27
Faupel Law, P.C. is proud and excited to unveil a new website and blog.  There are many wonderful features to this site including a resources page with helpful links, and an extensive FAQ.  Important information can also be found on our areas of p… Read More

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The road to becoming an attorney (especially one who handles many family law cases) has been a true journey for me. I grew up in Highland Park, MI—which, back then, was a tree-lined city with the first community college in Michigan and a very progr… Read More

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