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Collaborative Divorce FAQ: No Settlement

Michigan collaborative divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "What Happens if Settlement Cannot be Reached?" Because the parties and attorneys sign a Participation Agreement, if settlement cannot be reached and the Collaborative Process termi…
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Collaborative Divorce FAQ: Collaborative and Domestic Violence

Oakland County collaborative divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "Is Collaborative Divorce appropriate when there has been domestic violence?" When the relationship between husband and wife is characterized by violence, particularly if th…
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Collaborative Divorce FAQ: Will Our Divorce Take Longer?

Michigan collaborative divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "Do Collaborative Divorce cases take longer to settle?" There are only two ways to get divorce in Michigan: By agreement between the parties or by a divorce trial. Therefore, Colla…
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Divorce FAQ: Hiring a Divorce Attorney

West Bloomfield divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "What are the factors to consider when hiring a divorce attorney?" There are a number of factors to take into consideration when choosing a divorce attorney. On one hand, it is important…
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Michigan Divorce FAQ: Ways to Get Divorced

Michigan divorce lawyer Danielle Smith answers: "What are the only two ways to get divorced in Michigan?" In Michigan, people can get divorced by ONLY two ways: By their own written agreement where together they resolve all of the issues of t…
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Divorce FAQ: Protecting Children

Metro Detroit family law attorney Danielle Smith answers: "How can I best protect my children through a divorce?" The best means by which to protect the interests of your children is by hiring a qualified divorce attorney who values family. You…
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Family Law FAQ: What is late stage mediation?

West Bloomfield, MI collaborative divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "What does "late stage mediation" mean?" Late-stage mediation is a last attempt before going to trial to settle a case out of court. Usually, the attorneys draft Mediat…
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Divorce FAQ: How do judges make decisions?

Metro Detroit divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "How do judges make decisions about divorce cases?" Divorce trials do not have juries. To make their decisions, Michigan judges must hear testimony and must review extensive documentary evid…
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Michigan Divorce FAQ: Spouse Violated Vows

Michigan divorce lawyer Danielle Smith answers: "My spouse has violated our marriage vows, what can I expect to get as retribution?" Since Michigan enacted “no-fault” divorce laws, the parties need not show that the conduct of the one spouse…
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Family Law FAQ: What is a domestic partnership agreement?

Oakland County, Michigan divorce attorney Danielle Smith answers: "What is a domestic partnership agreement?" A domestic partnership agreement, also known as a cohabitation agreement, is a written agreement between unmarried partners that provid…
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