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DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH & CHILDREN - How to Report Suspected Abuse

abuse.jpgA referral of child abuse and or neglect can be made by any person including a child, who has reasonable cause to suspect child abuse or neglect. You may report the matter to the Department of Human Services or any law enforcement agency. The information in a Child Protective Services complaint needs to be provided by the individual who actually has observed the alleged victim or had contact with the child regarding the complaint.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AWARENESS MONTH ISN'T JUST FOR WOMEN

wp-1486314195981.jpgOctober is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. The often quoted statistics would suggest this month is devoted, primarily if not entirely, to drawing attention to violence against women: According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, one in every four women will be a victim of domestic violence in her lifetime; 85% of reported domestic violence entails a woman as the victim; and, every year, at least 1.3 million women are assaulted by their significant other. Certainly, this violence, or any for that matter, against women is unacceptable.

Texts, Tweets and Other Ways NOT To Talk

file-20190318-28502-irx4gz.jpgWith a few swift key strikes, your case could go down in flames. If you think I'm exaggerating, think about Tiger Woods, Jesse James or, for you Detroiters, Kwame Kilpatrick, and think again. It's easy in our social networking gluttony, where friends from way-back-when are an internet connection away and your computer keyboard is your sounding board, to rant about your case. After all, it is mostly free, you don't have to pay your lawyer or your therapist to listen to you, your spouse or ex is not your friend or follower, everyone who is your friend and follower wants to know what's going on, and a status update or a wall post is the easiest way to tell them how you feel - exactly how you feel. And that's the problem.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR NEWLY SEPARATED FAMILY'S BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROUTINE SMOOTHER

imagesINL8M6IA.jpgSettling into the school routine is tough enough. When you are a newly separated family, settling in can be - and usually is - even tougher. You have new homes, new bus routes, new morning and bedtime routines - we could go on and on. This, on top of new teachers, new classmates and new school parents to deal with, many of them judgey.

WHAT'S IN A NAME? Dealing With Name Change At Divorce -- Or Not

NAMECHANGE.jpgJack Smith's ex-wife sent him a ranting letter every month -- asking why their house had not sold -- and every month sealed the letter with the same address label, one of those free labels that come in droves with holiday themes and "Mr. and Mrs." so-and-so -- Joselyn Smith. It was annoying enough that she sent the letter. He wanted to keep the house, but the judge ordered them sell it and split the profits or debt. It was an extra kick that she still used her married name on those address labels. They had been divorced and trying to sell their home for a year, and she clung to that last name as if out of spite. She used it on her driver's license, her stationery, her e-mail signature, her credit cards, her online profile, everywhere. And she was not what you would call a wholesome ex-wife -- she had a reputation for fighting, for gossiping, for spending, for partying. But Jack could not force her to change her name.

WORRIED ABOUT CHEATING? TOP SIGNS YOUR S.O. IS PROBABLY CHEATING ON YOU

Are you worried your significant other is cheating on you? Always have a frank discussion, carefully timed for confrontation, when you are in a safe enviornment. Consult a lawyer, too, for legal ramifications of a potential split. In the meantime, look over these top signs-

The Basics You NEED TO KNOW About Divorce

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To obtain a divorce in Michigan, one of the parties must have been a resident of the state for at least 180 days and of the county in which he or she files for divorce for at least 10 days prior to filing the complaint for divorce. These residency requirements are jurisdictional, meaning neither party can waive them (say, for example, if you only resided in county A for 9 days but nonetheless wanted a divorce in county A).

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