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Wendy S. Alton

Wendy Alton’s Legal Guides

65 total


  • Removing the “Sheen” from Celebrity Divorce

    Sorry, Charlie. As if Charlie Sheen hasnt had enough winning media coveragehe received even more as his divorce with Brooke Mueller was finalized this week. The media has focused solely on money (big surprise), so all news stories have only discussed the amount of the property...

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  • Jail for Former Red Wings Trainer: Unpaid Child Support

    The Detroit News reported that former Red Wings trainer John Wharton was arrested and jailed for unpaid child support: Former Wings trainer Wharton jailed on child-support charges. It appears he had been arrested before for unpaid child support, but paid a bond and then left the ...

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  • Splitting the House in a Divorce…. Literally

    The 6 year divorce case of New Yorks Simon and Chana Taub was recently finalized by order of the court last week. Yes, it was a 6 year divorce. And no, the fact that it took 6 years is not the only shocking fact about this divorce. One of the issues that the Taubs fought inten...

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  • Wayne County Family Court Establishes Parenting Time Guidelines

    In a divorce or custody case involving minor children, the parents must ultimately decide how legal custody, physical custody, and parenting time is going to be shared. Parenting time is the legal term for the specific schedule that each parent has with the children. (courts u...

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  • Should you Change your Name After a Divorce

    A small but important question is always asked of the wife during divorce proceedings: Do you want to keep your married name, or go back to your maiden name? If the attorney fails to ask the wife this question, ultimately the Judge will ask the question at the final hearing. In m...

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  • Divorcing? Don't Forget the Dog

    Last week, the New Zealand Herald posted a story titled Divorced couple in court over dog custody. While the story may have been written tongue-in-cheek, it most certainly was not a joke. We often think that custody battles involve just children. However, pets are often cherished...

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  • Legal Separation v. Divorce in Michigan

    One common question that is often asked is whether or not Michigan has what is called a legal separation, allowing a married couple to legally separate, but still remain married. The simple answer is yes, but the procedure is not so simple. Michigan has a legal action entitled...

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  • Going Through a Divorce? Marriage Counseling Can Help

    The State of North Dakota is considering a law making marriage counseling mandatory for couples who want to get divorced. This law would require couples who want to divorce to actually postpone that divorce for a year, and go through mandatory marriage counseling. The only exempt...

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  • Fault Divorce in Michigan

    Michigan became a no-fault divorce state in 1972, but that does not mean that fault is never considered in a divorce. And fault generally means more than just infidelity. It can also be based on domestic violence, drug or alcohol abuse, financial disaster (gambling, etc), or abandonment.

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  • No Common-Law Marriages in Michigan

    Common law marriage is the term for a marriage that exists solely by agreement and by cohabitation. More simply, a common-law marriage exists when two people agree to live together to be married. Common-law marriage is one of the fundamental rights that has existed in this cou...

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