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0 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Michigan on
Q: my husband and i want a divorce.we currently live together.ive had 2 suicide attempts in the last 10 years. im currently

under professional help. ive been on appeal for 3 years for ssi. my husband has been gettin ssi for the last 6 years.my mental state is fragile. ive previously left because of the on going arguing. ive got no immediate family. he does.i paid my share of resposibilities. i need him to leave. we both... View More

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Q: My wife wants a divorce. I am the only name on the deed and mortgage for the home. What are my best options?

State of Michigan, so I know it's no fault. We purchased the house a few months after being married. I had a house, savings, and 401k before our marriage. She had income based apartment, debt, and no 401k. I used the equity from my own home, in combination with my 401k to finance the home... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Do I have a chance to still get shared custody 8 months ago my wife abandoned our home with the kids and got a ppo?

Am I screwed?

On June 11 last year while I was at church my wife abandoned our marital home and took the kids with her, the very next day she filed a ppo with a petition full of lies and false allegations about me physically and verbally abusing her (with no evidence of course) we had a... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 28, 2024

You sound like you are aware this will be an uphill battle. Are you screwed? No! Of big concern is why you haven't seen the kids in 8 months; is that because you never raised this issue with the court or your soon-to-be ex is just not complying with the order? I think with that amount of time... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support and Divorce for Michigan on
Q: Can a parent get custody if they don't have a job or a drivers license?

My husband is saying he is keeping the kids and getting full custody of our kids because I don't work and don't have a drivers license. I do everything for our kids, and all the housework. He also says he isn't paying child support because he already pays child support for his other... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 28, 2024

That's not how child custody works. If it were, a lot of people would not have custody. The court determines custody based on the best interest of the child factors.

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Q: How to obtain a copy of a QDRO

I will try to explain this the best that I can, but it's a mess. Hired a lawyer for a divorce. I had used her in the past. I lost everything in this divorce. House, car, material things. I gave her an initial payment that I had to borrow from family. Her and I agreed when the divorce was final... View More

0 Answers | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Does my spouse get any legal custody/ rights to my child with another partner?

On 9/23/23 I married my spouse. On 9/24/24 we separated due to DV and a no contact order in place. He was in jail 9/24/23-9/26/23. On 12/7/23 the no contact order was broke and reported by me and he was arrested again. On 12/14/23 he was sentenced, remained in jail until 12/30/23 and the no contact... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I have a question about removing a non biological father from the birth certificate in Michigan

Me and my girlfriend at the time were both at the end of getting divorced? Before the divorce was finalized my girlfriend ending up getting pregnant and delivering our daughter. Since she was still married to another man legally his name was put on the birth certificate. He lives in Texas and... View More

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Feb 1, 2024

You will likely need to file a motion in the family court with jurisdiction here in Michigan. Preferably, you can have the non-biological father stipulate to the set of facts.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody, Child Support, Civil Rights and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Re on case papers on a dm case number what does that mean?
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answered on Jan 21, 2024

In the context of a legal case, "re" on case papers with a docket number typically stands for "regarding" or "in the matter of." It's used to indicate the subject or nature of the case. So, when you see "re" followed by a case number, it signifies that... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Michigan on
Q: I’m on political asylum status residing in MI. Do I need an immigration lawyer to divorce us?

She resides in Florida and I in Michigan.

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answered on Jan 4, 2024

You may not necessarily need an immigration lawyer to proceed with a divorce, as immigration status generally does not affect the divorce process itself. Divorce proceedings are typically handled under state law, and since you reside in Michigan, you would typically follow Michigan's divorce... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Civil Rights, Domestic Violence and Legal Malpractice for Michigan on
Q: My lawyer refused to submit my evidence during the entire process. The judge rendered the final "opinion. My husband's

Lawyer filed a clarification and prayer for relief. I need to submit my evidence. Can I do that? Is there a time limit? My final hearing is 1/8/23.

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answered on Dec 31, 2023

If you believe your lawyer failed to properly represent you by not submitting crucial evidence, this is a serious concern, particularly in a divorce case where such evidence can be critical. It's important to understand your options for addressing this issue.

The possibility of...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Divorce for Michigan on
Q: I obtained a personal loan under my name so my wife can pay off her credit cards with the agreement she makes the

Payment, she has been making the payment for the last 2 years but now she refuses to continue paying. There is a balance of $15,000 left, can I sue her in court to force her make the payment or refinance the loan in her name

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 27, 2023

Are you contemplating a divorce? You signed an agreement with the bank or wherever else you obtained the loan, promising to make good on it; the bank will continue to look to you for payment, and you will remain legally on the hook for it. It doesn't matter what sort of other agreement you... View More

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Q: If wife is keeping the house during a divorce, would judge require me to keep my name on the mortgage for 1-2 years?

4 minor kids involved. Her lawyer says my name would have to stay on the mortgage for at least one year even tho I’m leaving and she keeps house. This doesn’t sound correct at all

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Dec 27, 2023

Hard to say without a lot more information. Do you have a lawyer? You should ask him or her; there are very few "yes/no", "right/wrong" answers in family law.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My wife charged up 2000. In credit card debt after I filed for divorce. Am I responsible for half of that debt?
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answered on Dec 20, 2023

In Michigan, the responsibility for credit card debt incurred by your wife after filing for divorce may depend on various factors, including whether the debt was accrued for marital purposes or personal expenses. Generally, debts incurred for marital purposes are considered marital debts, and both... View More

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My soon to be ex husband has washed our 7yr olds’ mouth out with dish soap, on multiple occasions. What do I do?

In the past month there’s been atleast 6 incidents of him doing this to our child. All because of daily reports from school. He only has our child for a few hrs on Wednesdays and every other weekend. So sometimes it’s from something that happened a week prior.

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answered on Dec 20, 2023

If your soon-to-be ex-husband has been washing your 7-year-old's mouth out with dish soap on multiple occasions, it's a serious concern that may warrant immediate action. Document each incident, including the date, time, and circumstances surrounding the washing, and gather any evidence... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Real Estate Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: How can I ensure my husband can not sell our property without my knowledge as I’m not in our title or mortgage.

Sometimes I fear he sells it without me knowing before he plans to leave me, leaving me with nothing….this is anxiety but better safe than sorry

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Kenneth V Zichi
answered on Nov 30, 2023

If you have no interest in the property your 'consent' is not needed to remortgage, sell or otherwise dispose of it. In the recent past when Michigan provided Dower rights to wives, that would not have been the case, but that archaic law has been repealed so, now, you're just a... View More

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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: My ex is on the deed, the mortgage is in my name alone and I bought the house prior to us being married.

Per our divorce degree I agreed to pay the house till my last child was 18. At which point I plan on retiring. What can I do to make sure I don’t have to pay any more.

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answered on Nov 23, 2023

The divorce decree is a court order that is binding on both parties. However, the mortgage will need to be paid by someone if it has not matured by the time your last child turns 18. So if the provisions of the divorce decree fail to address this issue, or does not provide that your ex- spouse is... View More

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Q: I live in Michigan. I'm going to be gone through divorce and once we split up our finances am I able to buy a different

House for me and my son without my soon to be ex-husband having any legal rights to it

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Nov 15, 2023

Yes, you would once the divorce is finalized.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I am trying to locate a legal aid attorney .for divorce

My ex is in for life prison.i am very afraid still and need to break all ties to him.the judge has given me until Nov 4th to serve the paper to him.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Oct 18, 2023

Sounds like you've already filed for the divorce. What you need now to do is serve the paperwork. For someone in prison, that is typically done through the warden of the prison he is housed in. You certainly could look into qualifying for a legal aid attorney, but that person would have to do... View More

2 Answers | Asked in Bankruptcy, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: How does marital property work in chapter 13 bankruptcy if only one spouse filed for bankruptcy.

Married in august 2019, brought home September 2019, he filed for chapter 13 bankruptcy in March 2023, he filed for divorce in July 2023

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answered on Oct 12, 2023

In Michigan, marital property is divided equally between the spouses in the event of a divorce. However, this rule can be modified by the court based on a number of factors, including the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse, and the needs of the children. In the case you... View More

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