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FAQ

  • Michigan has a no-fault divorce policy, meaning a “defense” is not necessary for an unwanted divorce. It must be proven that the marriage is broken down to the point of completely destroyed matrimony, with no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. A relationship can be terminated by the court regardless of who was at fault. However, fault does play a role in the court’s determination of child custody, spousal support, and property rights.

    If you are a resident of Michigan, a 6 month waiting period is necessary if minor children are involved, and a waiting period of 2 months if not. However, this waiting period begins from the filing of the complaint to the entry of the judgment of divorce.

    The five main issues in divorce are as follows:

    • Property and debt distribution
    • Spousal support
    • Legal custody
    • Physical parenting (parenting plan)
    • Child support

    Most divorce cases settle out of court, with cost as a main factor. As most do not want their future, the future of their children, and their property rights determined by a third party, parties typically come to agreement through mediation. “Mediation” can now be enforced through the court, which is an attempt to settle the matter with a mediator to help the couple. Our attorney can help couples to reach an agreement both can live with, whether through direct negotiations, mediation, or settlement discussions.

    A knowledgeable attorney is essential during divorce proceedings. Call Stimpson & Associates for a free consultation at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898.

  • Spousal support is also known as alimony and/or spousal maintenance.  Spousal support is the financial support provided by one spouse to the other in order to maintain an accustomed lifestyle from the marriage.  However, not everyone qualifies for spousal support.  When determining the qualification of spousal support, the court takes several factors into consideration, and it depends on each individual situation for every case. However, the court may consider additional things:

    • Length of the marriage
    • Each spouse’s income
    • Each spouse’s abilities/disabilities
    • Education level
    • Domestic violence issues
    • Work history
    • Necessity and length of training to return to the work force
    • Career possibilities in the geographical area

    If you have any questions regarding your rights and options about spousal support, contact an attorney at Stimpson & Associates by calling Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898 today.

  • When determining the parenting time/visitation rights, the best interests of the child play a major role in the judge’s consideration. However, in cases where an order needs a modification, 75 percent of the 12 factors of the child’s best interests must be in your benefit to set aside a parenting time/visitation decision. Also, a significant circumstance since the filing of the original agreement must have occurred to change the agreed arrangement.

    Call now to schedule your free initial consultation. Our experienced attorney will analyze your situation, provide honest feedback, and give you an idea of where your chances of success stand.

    Let our office represent your matter to present the strongest case for the modification of your parenting time/child visitation order. Contact an attorney at Stimpson & Associates by calling Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898 today.

  • Whether you were previously married or not, child support is a necessary court-ordered payment to assist with the cost of raising a child. Financial support from both parents is required, whether parental rights are terminated or if parties agree to diminish parenting time. The court will essentially decide in the favor of the children when determining child support.

    If you have questions regarding child support, contact an attorney at Stimpson & Associates for a free consultation by calling Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898 today.

  • Our attorneys are extremely knowledgeable regarding child custody matters. When determining the custody of a child, the best interests of the the child plays a major role in the judge’s consideration.

    Legal and physical custody are very different, as legal custody grants the parent the right to make important decisions regarding where they attend school, religious aspects, and major medical decisions. However, physical custody refers to the child’s living arrangements. Another factor in child custody is determining if it will be “sole” or “joint”.  With “sole” custody, one parent has custody, and with “joint” custody, the parents share.  It is important to have a knowledgeable attorney to help assist in the determination of a child’s future.

    Let our office assist you on your matter and help ease your mind knowing you have an expert attorney on your side. Contact an attorney at Stimpson & Associates for a free consultation by calling Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898 today.

  • If you’re being verbally, emotionally or sexually abused, it’s time to educate yourself to protect the physical and mental health of yourself and those you love. Victims of domestic violence may be married, people in relationships, former dating partners, family members or others in the household.

    Attorneys at Stimpson & Associates take this matter very seriously and can help you. Call our office at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898.

  • Many people in an abusive relationship do not know that Michigan law provides ways to escape such situations. Victims can obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO) preventing the abuser or stalker from contacting the victim.

    The attorneys at Stimpson & Associates can help you through the process to keep you and your family safe. Call our office at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898.

  • During a divorce, Stimpson & Associates can negotiate on your behalf the division of property:

    • Home/Property
    • Bank accounts
    • Insurance policies
    • Pensions
    • Business holdings
    • Collectibles
    • Gifts/inheritances

    Call us at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898 for a free consultation.

  • If you are an unmarried father seeking visitation with your child, or an unmarried mother who wants child support, you must first establish a legal father-child relationship. Paternity establishment is needed to identify a child’s legal father. If the mother is married when the child is born, her husband is recognized as the legal father. If the mother is not married, the mother and father may establish paternity voluntarily, or through a court order, after the biological father is determined by DNA testing.

    Understand your rights and options with a free consultation, call Stimpson & Associates at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898.

  • A guardian may be appointed for minors, adults and those with developmental disabilities to give someone the power to make the best decisions for their well-being. A guardianship in Michigan can be limited, temporary or full, and the arrangement is subject to review by the court.

    Adult guardianship: When an individual lacks sufficient understanding or the capacity to make or communicate informed decisions, guardians are appointed to make such decisions for them.

    Minor guardianship: When a child/children do not have a legal custodial parent, a guardian is appointed by the court to make decisions for them. The guardian has authority over a minor until that guardian is removed or dies. The guardianship is also removed if the minor child dies, marries, becomes adopted or reaches the age of majority.

    The attorneys at Stimpson & Associates can help you through the process. Call our office at Tecumseh – (517) 227-5958, Ann Arbor – (734) 548-9898.