Michigan Family Law

Michigan laws are created and revised by the actions of lawmakers and the courts, as in other states. Click on the links below to learn more information.

1.State statute Michigan State Statutes
2. Fault or no-fault (typically when a state allows fault based and no-fault divorce, fault based divorces require no separation period. No-fault
3. Equitable distribution or community property Equitable Distribution
a. Methods of apportionment Voluntary mediation for custody issues
i. Periera and Van Camp in CA
b. Property distribution factors
4. Legal separation?
a. Waiting period/Separation period
5. Is mediation required
6. Forms used
7. Alimony guidelines and factors
Alimony formula
a. Types
b. Term Limits
Cohabitation
c. Imputing income
d. Change in circumstances
e. Ceases on retirement
Impute income on early retirement
Early retirement for health reasons is involuntary
f. Definition of income
8. Child support factors and guidelines Child support factors & Guidelines
9. Child support calculator Child support calculator
10. Lump Sum  Support allowed? Compiled Laws Annotated Section 552.23
11. Valuation
a. Valuation date

Divorce

b. Goodwill divisibility All goodwill is divisible - Kowalesky v. Kowalesky, 148 Mich. App. 151, 384 N.W.2d 12 (1986)
c. Standard of value Fair market value / Investment Value
d. Discounts
e. Shareholder/partner agreements
 12. Double dip  Neither impermissible nor always ok - facts & circumstances rule  - Loutts v. Loutts, Court of Appeals of Michigan, Docket #297427  9/20/2012
 a. Stock options  
 b. Retirement accounts  Impermissable - Walker v. Walker, 155 Mich. App. 405, 399 N.W.2d 541 (1986)
 c. Child support
 13. Key cases  
 14. Premarital agreements  
 15. Common law  


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