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Child custody may be affected by parents' virtual affairs

Husbands and wives in Michigan that are considering ending their marriages have many issues with which to contend. The emotional challenges of a potential divorce are great and can include concerns about loss of a life partner as well as the welfare of any minor children. Decisions such as parenting time, legal custody, child support and others concerning children must be made.

Same-sex spouse denied change of name

With the New Year underway, gay and lesbian couples in Michigan are looking forward to the outcome of a challenge to the state’s ban on gay marriage, scheduled by a federal judge for this February. In the meantime, couples can create cohabitation agreements or other non-traditional unions to help solidify their commitment to each other. They can also get married legally in any of the states that currently allow gay marriage.

Defining marital property and debt in a divorce

Michigan is known as an equitable distribution state for the purposes of a divorce. This means that when dividing assets, the split does not need to be exactly even for both parties but needs only to be what is considered fair to both given the circumstances at hand. It is also important to remember that property division does not simply include assets but also liabilities. When determining which spouse will end up with what asset or what debt, the courts must also identify what is marital property and marital debt and what is separate property or separate debt.

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