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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can we apply for/sign a Marriage license in Michigan if we are Common Law Married in Colorado?

My husband and I declared ourselves married while living in Colorado back in 2016. We have since moved to Michigan and have decided to finally get around to having a ceremony. This will be more a renewal of vows but someone brought up signing a marriage license, since we don't have one. Is... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Interesting question! Have you been filing taxes jointly? As you probably already know, but for others' benefit who may come upon this question, common law marriage is a legal form of marriage in some states. Michigan does not allow for common law marriage, but does recognize marriages legally... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Wrongful Death for Michigan on
Q: As a 16-year-old, I want to get a CSI report on the death of my mother. How do I obtain this? Can I do it myself?

The death was deemed a suicide, in 2007. I have the CSI officer's name. My mother did not have any other children, however, my dad, her husband before she died is still alive and I live with him. The case is closed.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 20, 2022

I don't think it's a CSI report you are looking for; perhaps an autopsy report? You are going to need an adult to help you get that.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: A teacher made physical contact with my son at school with her body after backing him into an open locker. Its on video.
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 19, 2022

What's your question? Are you alleging a physical or sexual assault occurred?

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Moving to another state to file divorce?

I am currently in a terrible marriage and would like to get divorced (living in MI) but i have no where to go or any financial support other than my family who lives in UT, my plan is to move to UT with my child and file for divorce, is there a certain way i should start this process?

Kyle J. Bristow
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Kyle J. Bristow
answered on Sep 21, 2022

You should immediately and privately consult with a lawyer in Utah to inquire about the state’s requirements to file for divorce. Many states have a waiting period for new residents before someone can file for divorce. Also, if your spouse has no connection to Utah, then an Utah court would not... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Contracts for Michigan on
Q: Is it Illegal for a company to use my name and password in a mediation machine without my permission and had a med error

I am an independent contractor. I deliver and exchange medication/narcotics in a Pyxis machine at nursing homes. The company I contract with contracts through a pharmacy.

I have a user name and password through med bank (Pyxis machine) The manager at this company was logging in under my... Read more »

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it Illegal for a company to use my name and password in a mediation machine without my permission and had a med error

I am an independent contractor. I deliver and exchange medication/narcotics in a Pyxis machine at nursing homes. The company I contract with contracts through a pharmacy.

I have a user name and password through med bank (Pyxis machine) The manager at this company was logging in under my... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: If my aunt has guardianship of my daughter, is she allowed to let her live with us(her parents)?

My daughter's father and I lost custody in 2019. (It's a long story) We fought to get her back for 2 yrs. And then had to give my aunt guardianship so they wouldn't take our rights. She had cancer so she had to go thru chemo and radiation and a few months later, they told her she was... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 16, 2022

It's an uphill battle, but it can be done where the guardianship is terminated. Were your rights terminated - either voluntary or involuntary after a trial? That will determine whether it's a matter of terminating the guardianship or you becoming guardian of your own child.

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: What if the victim doesn't fill out the victim packet before the defendant has not been notified of any charges filed...

...yet. Is it likely court will continue with charging person accused of the DV?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 16, 2022

Not sure what you are referring to by "victim packet" but prosecutor doesn't need that to move forward with charges.

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Identity Theft for Michigan on
Q: Do I have to give my ex our children's social security numbers?

My ex does not have custodial rights (no legal or physical) and is prohibited from contacting our minor children. He is asking me for their social security numbers. Do I have to provide them?

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Michigan on
Q: How many days needed to publish in Detroit Legal News for parties guardianship?

My parents only receives $850 monthly totaling of both. Do I need to file for conservatorship or guardianship is good enough

0 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Juvenile Law for Michigan on
Q: at the age of 17 am i allowed to leave home without parent permission if the house is unfit

I'm a 17-year-old trying to get out of my toxic house but before I just leave I want to know if I'm legally allowed to and what will the cops do if I do leave

1 Answer | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Personal Injury for Michigan on
Q: My daughter was assaulted by father. There are 3 urgent care doctor reports. Cps did nothing. Only reported one assult.

I called police to see if I can report the other two. Got the run around in Jackson county. I finally was told I could report her father biting her. She scratched him protecting herself and he put charges on the child although her injuries were more severe. He made things up to have her go to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 10, 2022

There is, unfortunately, nothing other than reporting to the police. Perhaps try contacting the prosecutor's office; they are the ones who determine who to charge and with what, not the police.

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Estate Planning, Family Law and Civil Litigation for Michigan on
Q: Does my aunt owe me money for not doing as she promised

I bought my home from my grandmas estate. My aunt was executor of the estate. Part of the deal when buying the house was that uncle would help me install new siding. Since the moment I paid them they have 100% ignored me. I have the siding, but now need to pay someone to install it

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 6, 2022

What was in the written agreement? It's unlikely you can enforce an agreement to "help".

0 Answers | Asked in Estate Planning and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I'm executor of my father's will. My siblings want copies of his taxes for their keeping. Do I have to?

The estate has been dispersed and is closed. The taxes are with his Financials that I hold for the next 7 years. They want copies to keep for their records.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: As the mother of my one year old son, am I legally allowed to move to a different state while the father is in prison?

Hey there.. The father of our son whom is in prison will constantly threaten to evict our son and I out. He is in prison for 3-15 years. It would also be helpful for the steps I'd have to go through.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Sep 1, 2022

Is there a current custody case? Best steps would be to file a motion seeking the court's permission.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Is it illegal for real estate agents to do a background check on someone who is not a client from them?

My parents are real estate agents and used spokieo to do background check on my fiance with our knowledge or consent. They did this because they didn't like how we are waiting for him to meet my parents. They made it seem like no big deal because they have a real estate license and can do this... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 29, 2022

Anyone can do a background check on anyone nowadays.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: I plan to file for divorce once I move out. If I file for divorce, the house we live for 18 years would have to be split
Kyle J. Bristow
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Kyle J. Bristow
answered on Sep 21, 2022

Marital assets need to be divvied up in a “roughly congruent manner” during a divorce case. Real property acquired during the marriage constitutes a marital asset.

If the parties can’t agree as to the value of the house and who should keep it in exchange for buying out the other...
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0 Answers | Asked in Civil Rights, Constitutional Law, Libel & Slander and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Police refusing to help me bring my runaway home telling me she's safe and not doing anything about the person she's sta

The police are absolutely refusing to help me bring my daughter home she is at my mother's I have repeatedly told both of them I want her home under no circumstances can she stay there my mom wants her there because she doesn't have to go to a living center. My daughter just does whatever... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Immigration Law and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Married my husband in 2017 he is threatening to marry in his country when he goes for his next trip and is also threaten

Also threatening to leave me homeless he’s also waiting for immigration to approve his visa for citizenship

Alexander Ivakhnenko
Alexander Ivakhnenko
answered on Aug 23, 2022

There are several legal issues that directly affect you in the areas of immigration and family law. In order to properly understand your legal strategy regarding your present spouse I recommend immediately consulting an experienced immigration attorney without any delay as you need to gather legal... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: I became disabled in 2013, due to car accident, braking my back. I now have 2bars and 4 bolts in my spine. I contacted

Foc, and sent in all dr.s paperwork they asked for. And did so whenever they asked. 2018, i found out i had 4 tumors and 3 different types of cancer. Well covid hit, so my treatments didnt start until 2019, 7 weeks of radiation and chemotherapy, i almost parished. I sent all paperwork to the foc,... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers
answered on Aug 23, 2022

I'm unsure what your question is. It sounds like you entered a guilty plea. Typically, agreements made in failure to pay cases depend on how much of the arrearage is paid before sentencing. What matters now is not so much what you've done since 2013, or even what you've worked out... Read more »

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