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Michigan Legal Blog of the Bruce Law Firm

Through our blogs, we provide timely updates and commentary on legal issues that could have a significant impact on your life. We cover the latest trends impacting Michigan’s business community, as well! 

DivorceFamily Law

Legal Separation in Michigan? The Answers You’re Looking For

Considering a legal separation in Michigan, you likely have many questions. What is a legal separation? How does it differ from separate maintenance? What are the grounds for legal separation in Michigan? We will answer all of those questions and more.

In Michigan, legal separation is known as “separate maintenance.” A legally married person would file a complaint for separate maintenance if they wanted to separate from their spouse but remain married. If a married couple files a separate maintenance complaint, it may affect the division of property and debt, child support and custody arrangements, and spousal support.

So if you’re wondering about legal separation in Michigan, read on! We will provide an overview of legal separation filing or separate maintenance in Michigan, including what it is, how to get it, and the benefits and drawbacks of pursuing this route.

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Child SupportFamily Law

Can Parents Agree to No Child Support? The Pros and Cons

When two parents decide to break up, one of the biggest questions they face is child support. How much should the noncustodial parent pay? Will either parent have to pay child support at all? Can parents agree to no child support?

Parties can avoid paying child support but often, the assistance of an attorney is needed. We will explore the pros and cons of agreeing to no child support. We will also look at how child support is determined in Michigan Courts.

It is essential to understand that child support is not about money. Child support is about the child’s needs. The child should have the same standard of living in both homes. Child support should not be used as a way to punish noncustodial parents.

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Family LawParenting Time

Can a Parent Deny a Grandparent Visitation? The Rights of Grandparents in Michigan

Yes. In Michigan, parents have a right to control who sees their children and can deny grandparent visitation in most cases
It can be heartbreaking for a grandparent to be denied visitation with their grandchild. In some cases, the child’s parent may be preventing the grandparent from seeing the child, while in others, the grandparent may not have legal visitation rights.

Parental rights in Michigan are substantial. Parents have the legal right to control who sees their children. A parent can deny grandparents visitation. In some situations, however, grandparents sue to have a certain amount of grandparenting time. This is not an option for other extended family members.

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Criminal LawDUI Defense

What is a PBT Test? A Comprehensive Guide to the Preliminary Breath Test

What is a PBT Test? A preliminary breath test, or PBT, is a type of breathalyzer used by law enforcement to measure the alcohol concentration in a person’s breath. This chemical test is usually administered roadside and helps police officers determine if a driver is intoxicated.

This comprehensive guide will discuss everything you need to know about the preliminary breathalyzer test! We’ll cover topics like how the test works, what the results mean, and whether or not you should take one if an officer offers.

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Child CustodyFamily Law

Fathers Rights Michigan: A Professional Review

If you are a father in Michigan, it is essential to understand your rights regarding child custody. A professional guide to fathers’ rights in Michigan can help you know what steps to take if you find yourself in a child custody battle.

The laws related to child custody vary from state to state, so it is essential to know what applies in Michigan. We will provide an overview of fathers’ rights in Michigan and discuss some of the most important things fathers should know.

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Child CustodyChild SupportFamily Law

Does Child Support Change If You Get Married? How Marital Status Affects Child Support Payments

When two people get married, their lives become intertwined in many ways. One question often arises about whether child support payments will change if the parents marry. Generally, child support payments will not change if you marry in Michigan.

The Courts generally do not include the new spouse’s income. Michigan’s child support guidelines do not consider a new spouse’s income when a child support obligation is calculated.

However, the answer to this question is complex and depends on various factors. We will explore how marital status affects child support payments. We will also provide tips on handling child support payments if you get married.

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Criminal LawDUI Defense

Open Container Law Michigan: Everything You Need to Know

Michigan is one of the states in the US that has an open container law. Open alcohol containers in a vehicle constitute a misdemeanor in Michigan. This means it is illegal to have an open container of alcohol in a motor vehicle.

Misdemeanor charges can include up to 93 days of jail and a $500 fine for having an open container in Michigan. Having open intoxicants is a severe offense.

We will discuss everything you need to know about Michigan’s open container law. We will cover what the law entails, which vehicles it covers, and the penalties for violating it. Stay safe and obey Michigan’s open container law!

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Criminal LawTheft Crimes

What is HYTA? The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act Explained

The Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, also known as HYTA, is a Michigan law that allows specific individuals who have been charged with crimes to have their criminal records sealed. This act is open to individuals who were between the ages of 17 and 26 when they committed the crime.

If you are convicted of a felony or misdemeanor, you may be able to take advantage of HYTA and have your criminal record sealed. This program allows you to keep a criminal conviction off of your record.

In the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, you can avoid major criminal offenses such as certain criminal sexual conduct charges and serious controlled substance offenses. We will discuss the eligibility requirements for HYTA and how they can help you seal your criminal record.

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Criminal LawTheft Crimes

Michigan Law: What is Uttering and Publishing?

In Michigan, uttering and publishing are defined as willfully uttering or publishing a written or printed statement that is false with the intent to injure or defraud. This crime is punishable by imprisonment for up to fourteen years. To be convicted of uttering and publishing, the prosecuting attorney must prove that you published a false statement with the intent to injure or defraud someone.

Uttering and publishing are severe crimes, and if you are convicted, you will face significant consequences. If you have been charged with uttering and publishing, you should contact an experienced criminal defense attorney who can help you defend against the charges.

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BankruptcyChapter 7Divorce

Should You File for Bankruptcy and Divorce at the Same Time?

You may be wondering if it’s wiser to file for bankruptcy and divorce simultaneously. At the same time, there is no easy answer because it depends on each case. Ending a marriage is difficult enough, but it can feel like too much to handle when you add bankruptcy into the mix.

We will explore the pros and cons of filing for bankruptcy and divorce simultaneously. We will also provide some tips on making the process as smooth as possible.

Talking to a bankruptcy lawyer and a divorce lawyer is the best way to determine what is suitable for your unique situation. An experienced attorney can be an invaluable resource and help you make the best decision for your future.

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