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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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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… Read More
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