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Changes In Family Law

CHANGES IN FAMILY LAW Under current Michigan law, the issue of paternity of a child born to a married woman was well settled. If a boyfriend, and not the husband, actually fathered a child, the boyfriend had no standing to have any kind of relationship with that child. The “presumed father” is the man who is presumed to be the

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Kids Get The Shaft

KIDS GET THE SHAFT By: Jonathan Mitchell The dedication of this book says it all.  This book is dedicated to every kid trapped in a divorced home.  Don’t give up!  The book is written by a sensitive man, a child of divorce, about the feelings of all the kids of divorce and how life changes.  It is written for kids and

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End Of Year Estate Planning & Gifting Opportunities

 END OF YEAR ESTATE PLANNING & GIFTING OPPORTUNITIES The election is over.  It remains to be seen how Congress will handle the “fiscal cliff.”  There are several key estate planning and gifting provisions that are set to expire or reduce to prior rates.  For example, the current estate tax exclusion is over $5 million, but is scheduled to return to

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Divorce Poison: Parent Bashing and How To Respond

Divorce Poison: Parent Bashing & How to Respond What does an Attorney tell a client whose ex-spouse is not playing fair in regards to the children?  Ongoing attacks by a parent on another parent should not go unanswered.  However, while we acknowledge that you my feel under “attack”, please stop & analyze and examine your motives before you disclose problems

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When Dad Hurts Mom

FROM LUNDY BANCROFT’S BOOK    “WHEN DAD HURTS MOM”     What Good Parenting Requires: 1. Focus on children for long periods of times listening to what they say with words and communicate through other signals.   2. Put the children’s needs ahead of your own – most of the time.   3. Listen respectfully to children’s opinions and make parenting

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Michigan Estate Recovery

Michigan’s Estate Recovery law, originally signed in 2007, went into effect on July 1, 2011. The estate recovery law is meant to allow the government to recoup money spent on Medicaid from the estates of individuals who took advantage of Medicaid funding to assist with the cost of nursing home care.     The Estate Recovery law calls for the State

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WHAT MAKES US HAPPY

In recent years, much research has been generated to answer the question of what makes us happy. While some evidence suggests that happiness is connected to wealth, the fact is that we are all “better off” than 50 years ago but we are not a lot happier. One researcher sees happiness as related to people rather than things. Here is

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NARCISSISM AND ENTITLEMENT

 These are the new dirty words of the decade. So many persons in me-centric world believe they are superior, entitled and owed something. Narcissism may include dead-end relationships with others, a serious pathological attachment to self, and usually profound insecurity. The sense of entitlement and self love have given rise to those who are infatuated with their own uniqueness and

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The Tax Reform Act of 2010

The Tax Reform Act of 2010 On December 18, 2010, President Obama signed the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Re-authorization and Job Creation Act of 2010 (TRA 2010). A few of the key provisions are summarized here below. For individuals, income tax rates applicable in 2010 are extended for 2011 and 2012. Current rates are 10%, 15%, 25%, 28%, 33%, and

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Dads for Daughters

Author(s): Ann Stuursma, Tara Velting

Dads for Daughters With Father’s Day less than a month away, we have been thinking about how dads influence their children but especially their daughters. Most psychologists believe that all future romantic relationships are influenced either in a positive or negative manner by the way a daughter interacts with her father during her “growing up” years. Psychologist James Dobson (Focus

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