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Farming Cannot Take Place In A Residential Neighborhood

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 took that concept to extremes. In…
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Categories: Blog, Zoning

Michigan Supreme Court Justice Weighs in on Judge Easthope's Continuing Tenure

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’s immediate removal. The chief j…
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Categories: Blog

Saying “I’m Transgendered” Resulted in a Courage Award for Caitlin Jenner

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 wants…
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Categories: Blog, LGBT

Paying for College after a Divorce

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 it comes…
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Categories: Blog, Family Law

Pre-Nuptial Agreements for Same-Sex Partners

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 capacity to contract. They must…
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Valuing an Advanced Degree in Divorce

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 then enjoys the fruit the tree…
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Categories: Blog, Family Law

Same Sex Marriage

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 to marry the person he/she lov…
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Categories: Blog, Family Law, LGBT

Buyer’s Regret After Agreeing to Legal and Physical Custody

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 and begin…
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Categories: Blog, Family Law

Where’s the Proof?

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 l…
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Categories: Blog, Family Law

I do - until death do us part

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 together un…
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Categories: Family Law

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