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Questions about stepparent adoption

Stepparents can be a blessing to families with an uninvolved or unfit noncustodial parent. Stepparents step up and provide love and support to children when they join a family. As the spouse of the custodial parent of a child, a stepparent can choose to legally adopt...

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Is it reasonable to seek full custody?

The thought of splitting custody may fill your mind with uncertainty. You may wonder how you can share your children with someone you no longer desire to have a relationship with. Depending on the circumstances, you may feel it necessary to seek full custody of your...

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Addressing denied parenting time

Whether you recently completed the divorce process or you ended your marriage years ago, you could have a number of concerns and legal issues to go over as a parent. From child support to spending time with your kids, it is critical to protect your rights and...

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Can parallel parenting benefit you?

As a co-parent going through a divorce, you may have a hard time visualizing what cooperative parenting will look like for you. If you currently exist in a mental space where cooperation seems like a distant dream, you may want to consider parallel parenting instead....

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Alternative parenting plans

As many divorcing parents in Michigan will find, negotiating a custody and visitation plan can be complicated, as there is no plan that fits every family. A common way to divide parenting time is alternating weeks with each parent. However, this might not work for all...

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Can a criminal record impact child custody?

In Michigan, custody matters are decided in “the best interest of the child,” and there are specific things that a judge will consider when deciding custody of minor children. One of the factors that a judge will take into consideration is the moral fitness of the...

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