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Henry Gornbein was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly – How to Tell Clients What They Don’t Want to Hear

Henry Gornbein was featured in Michigan Lawyers Weekly. How to Tell Clients What They Don’t Want to Hear Page One Page Two

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Top Ten Ways to Communicate With Your Michigan Family Law Attorney in 2010

10. Keep a list of issues and questions, and do not call your attorney every day, but save them so you can contact your attorney with several questions rather than one which is a way to economically cover issues and still have your questions answered by your attorney.  9. Communicate with your attorney by e-mail, […]

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Family Law Issues in Tough Economic Times: Debts

More and more people have substantial credit card debts, home equity lines, and/or second mortgages on a home. I see many divorces where the assets are less than the liabilities. This is a situation where there may have to be some creative financing. There may be the necessity for exploring bankruptcy. It may be a […]

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Michigan Family Law Issues in Tough Economic Times: 401Ks, IRAs and Pensions

These are rapidly decreasing in value. In some cases where there are a lot of debts, and people want to avoid bankruptcy, it may make sense to take the husband’s 401K and/or IRA and roll it over to the wife, if she has an income. This way there are no penalties. She can then take […]

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Issues in Change of Domicile in Michigan

Change of domicile is a matter that the courts in Michigan take very seriously. This is where one parent – normally the custodial parent – is seeking permission to leave the state and move to another state. In the past, it was very difficult to change domicile because the court’s want to keep both parents […]

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Nine Issues Regarding Domestic Violence in 2009

Domestic violence is on the rise, especially with people losing their jobs, losing their incomes, and facing a drastic reduction in lifestyle as is happening too frequently in ‘09. The following are nine issues to consider with regard to domestic violence: 9. Domestic violence consists of physical abuse, and if there is physical abuse, call […]

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Nine Ways to Deal with the Legal System in Tough Economic Times

9. Once your divorce is filed, find out as much as you can about the judge. 8. Stay out of court as much as possible because court appearances are costly, not only financially, but also from an emotional standpoint. Judges will not know you or your case unless you are in a situation where you […]

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Nine Ways to Stay Out of Court in 2009

9. Before taking any legal action, communicate with your spouse. 8. See if the marriage can be saved through counseling. 7. Try to resolve as many issues as possible, first of all through mediation, or using the collaborative process, which is where you each have independent attorneys, but you do not file until everything is […]

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Unmarried Couples Living Together in Michigan

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. What happens when the couples who have lived together and co-mingled property without being marriaged, breakup? I have handled both types of situations in my practice. […]

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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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