6 Tips to Help Your Friend Who Is Going Through a Divorce

The chances that you know someone who is currently facing a divorce is high given that at least half of all marriages end in divorce.  You may have daily contact with friend and not know of her pending divorce.  But if your friend confides in you about a pending divorce, here are six ways to show your support. 1) Prepare a meal. Divorce adds to the stress that an individual is already experiencing on a daily Read More

5 Ways a Divorce Can Benefit the Children

Children are often portrayed as the losers in divorce because the assumption is that they would be better off with two parents in the same household, rather than shuffling between homes, or worse, being used as a pawn in the larger divorce fight. However, it is possible for divorce to be beneficial for children. Here’s how. 1) Happier adults make happier children. If two people together are truly miserable, that Read More

6 Tips to Keep Your Guns Safe at Home, Away from Children

It seems as if we everyday we hear a news story about another child who got access to their parent’s gun and injured themselves or another—or worse. Most of these accidents are preventable, and gun owners need to take some steps to truly prevent them. Here are some tips on how to responsibly child-proof your firearms. 1) It’s your responsibility. Remember that as the owner of the firearm, you are responsible for Read More

How to Effectively Co-Parent this Summer

School is out and chances are your kids are looking forward to a lot of sun, swimming, and zero homework. You may not be looking forward to summer, however, because without the schedule of school, your co-parenting arrangements may need to change or at least be altered temporarily. How do you handle vacations? Camp? Here are some tips on effectively co-parenting this summer. 1) Plan and plan. Summer camps start Read More

4 Most Common Mistakes When Choosing a Guardian

When you are making out your estate documents and considering what should happen to your assets when you die, consider also the situation where you are alive, but unable to take care of yourself or manage your assets. Who will step in to take over for you when you are not able to do it yourself anymore? What normally happens in this situation is that a guardian is named for you and your estate by the courts. However, Read More

NFA Gun Trusts: What You Need to Know

If you want to leave your beloved shotgun to your nephew when you die, can you just write it in your Will and expect that it will happen? The answer is a resounding no. Just as there are regulations involving the transfer or sale of firearms when you are living, the same holds true when you die. This is where an NFA (National Firearms Act) Gun Trust can be of immense and valuable help. The State of Michigan and Read More

Lawful Fatherhood: Understanding Michigan Paternity

A child may bear a striking resemblance to a man and everyone can tell he is the child’s father, but unless that man was married to the child’s mother at the time of the birth or conception, the law does not consider the man to be the child’s legal father. Welcome to the world of paternity, or as it’s known in Michigan: lawful fatherhood. While paternity laws work automatically when the parents are married to Read More

5 Common Myths and Misconceptions About Estate Planning

Estate planning is one of the most misunderstood areas of finance and law. There are many myths and misconceptions surrounding estate planning, which have caused many people to either do it incorrectly, or fail to do it at all. This can cause a lot of problems for you in many situations in life, and even cause more difficulties for your loved ones when you pass away. Debunking some of the most common myths and Read More

Understanding Michigan Probation

Probation is a sentence that a court gives to a defendant  rather than having them go to jail. It can be given either before any jail time is served, as a condition of getting out of jail early, or as a regularly scheduled part of the overall punishment after the jail time has been served. While on probation, you must live in an approved home, shelter, halfway house, or other location. If you want to move to a new Read More

5 Things to Consider When Developing a Visitation Plan

Divorce is hard for all parties involved, but particularly so for children of the marriage. So, when parents are separating and trying to work out visitation plans for the children to still be able to have access to both parents, there are a few factors that should be taken into account to make the transition easier for the children. 1) Consider school or summer schedules. The school calendar is not flexible, Read More