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Legal Rights for Same Sex Couples or Couples of Opposite Sex Who Have Lived Together Without Benefit of Marriage

The laws in the State of Michigan do not recognize either common law marriage or commitment ceremonies as same sex couples are not allowed to legally marry in Michigan. The question arises as to what happens when either same sex couples or heterosexual couples, who have lived together and co-mingled property without being marriage, breakup. […]

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Top Nine Questions About Child Custody in 2009

9. Is child custody an issue in most divorces where there are minor children? In most divorces, custody issues are settled very easily. It is only a small percentage where custody becomes an issue. 8. Is there an age where a child can decide who he or she wants to live with? There is no […]

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Henry Gornbein Featured in Detroit Free Press

In a recent Detroit Free Press article about the challenges of divorce in the Michigan economy, Family Law of Michigan attorney Henry Gornbein was interviewed to share his expertise. Henry related his experience and observations of the differences in divorces given the current financial climate. “A lot of people are waiting on divorces because things […]

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Holmes v Holmes

ELIZABETH S. HOLMES, Plaintiff-Appellant v RICHARD E. HOLMES, JR., Defendant-Appellee for publication, December 4 2008; No. 276470, Appeal from the Kent Circuit Court.   Statement of Facts This is a case where the parties, both of whom are attorneys, were married in 1988, and divorced on July 15, 1996. There were two minor children. The […]

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Berger v Berger

Kristen Berger, Plaintiff-Appellee v Derek Thomas Berger, Defendant-Appellant, for publication January 31, 2008, Jackson Circuit Court.   Statement of Facts This is a case that raises several issues bearing discussion. The first issue is that of residency. Under the facts, the trial court determined that Plaintiff established residency in Jackson County, on December 16, 2006, […]

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Lentz v Lentz

DALE F. LENTZ, Plaintiff/Counter-Defendant-Appellee v JUDITH ANN LENTZ, Defendant/Counter-Plaintiff-Appellant, by the State of Michigan Court of Appeals, for publication July 6, 2006.   Statement of Facts The parties were married on July 21, 1979 and had two adult children at the time of the proceedings. Plaintiff, Dale F. Lentz, discovered his wife, Judith Ann Lentz, […]

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Henry Gornbein Featured in Time Magazine

In a recent Time magazine article about the challenges of divorce in the worsening economy, Family Law of Michigan attorney Henry Gornbein was interviewed to share his expertise. Henry related his experience and observations of the differences in divorces given the current financial climate. “We’re negotiating debts–not assets,” says Henry Gornbein, a family-law attorney in […]

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