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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.


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The Basics You NEED TO KNOW About Divorce

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).

Heartbroken? Family Lawyer's Tips for Handling a Breakup

broken-heart_0.jpgHow do you handle a breakup? In a family law practice, this is a common - and necessary - topic. Family law lawyers handle your emotions just as must as your legal matters. These are inextricable when a family - of any makeup, young or old, children or no children, first marriage or one of many - breaks down. While we are not mental health professionals, we can give you anecdotal advice and tips. Any lawyer who tells you otherwise does not have your best interests - personal and legal - in mind. In addition to consulting with a mental health professional, you should consider the following.

Can They Really Say I Make More Than I Do?! Pressing Child Support Question - Answered

child-support-florida.jpgWhen a party voluntarily reduces or eliminates income and the court concludes that the party has the ability to earn an income and pay child support, it is not error to order support based on the unexercised ability to earn.[1] "When a parent is voluntarily unemployed or underemployed or has an unexercised ability to earn, income includes the potential income that parent could earn, subject to that parent's actual ability."[2] In evaluating whether there is an unexercised ability to earn, the following factors should be considered:


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