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Wendy S. Alton

Wendy Alton’s Legal Guides

65 total


  • Mel Gibson's Custody Trial

    Judge Gordon in Los Angeles is once again the trial judge for a celebrity couple. He has previously decided issues of custody for Britney Spears and Kevin Federline, and is currently the trial judge in the divorce of Frank Jamie McCourt and in that case will determine who will o...

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  • The Wedding’s Off—Now Who Keeps the Engagement Ring?

    You are engaged to be married, and have either bought or received a beautiful (expensive) engagement ring. Unfortunately, something happens to destroy the pre-wedded bliss and the wedding is called off for good. If the marriage never happens, who gets the engagement ring? The co...

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  • Al & Tipper Gore and the Silver Divorce

    A recent article in Newsweek reflected that the recent divorce announcement by Al Tipper Gore is actually reflective of the marriage and divorce trends, and that there is a rise in what is called the Silver Divorce, which is a divorce between couples who have spent at least 2...

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  • Jail for Michigan Dad of 23 kids: over $500,000 owed in child support

    A recent Detroit Free Press article and ABC News article discussed the case of a Western Michigan dad of 23 kids who was sentenced to jail for owing over $500,000 in child support. First, this case is obviously unique, as he has fathered over 20 children. It is also unique bec...

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  • Lessons from Gary Coleman's Estate

    Who has the authority to make funeral and burial arrangements for the recently deceased Gary Coleman? His parents or his ex-wife who had medical power of attorney? Neither. A 1999 Will was recently found, and in this Will, Gary Coleman nominated his former manager, Dion Mail, ...

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  • The Michael Douglas Lesson about Marital Property (in Michigan)

    Michael Douglas and his ex-wife Diandra Douglas divorced in 2000, but that was not the end of their saga. Diandra Douglas recently sued Michael Douglas in a New York court, alleging that her divorce agreement entitles her to profits residuals from his new movie: Wall Street: ...

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  • More Married Women are Bringing Home the Bacon

    The New York Times and USA Today just reported that men are now marrying wealthier women. According to the Pew Research Center, the last 40 years have resulted in more women graduating with college degrees and an increase in womens earnings by 44 %. What does this mean for cou...

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  • In Michigan Custody Hearings, the Judge Cannot Just Rely on Friend of the Court’s Recommendation

    In Michigan, if a parent has proven to the court that there has been a change in circumstance or proper cause to consider a change in custody, the court will generally ask Friend of the Court to make a custody recommendation. Friend of the Court will investigate and make a recomm...

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  • Less Transition for Children not Proper Cause to Change Parenting Time

    When going through a divorce in Michigan, it is extremely important to carefully agree upon a parenting time schedule with your children that will work for a long period to come. Some parents decide to share joint physical custodymeaning that both parents aim to spend as much ...

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  • Divorcing? Stay Away from Facebook

    Several reasons to stay away Facebook during a divorce were made clear in a recent AP news article titled Divorce Lawyers: Facebook tops in online evidence. Divorce lawyers are quickly becoming fluent in Facebook, MySpace and Twitter in order to find out more information about...

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