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  • Revocation of Parentage Act & Relief from Child Support Arrearages

    Revocation of Parentage Act & Relief from Child Support Arrearages

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    March 23, 2015

    Revocation of Parentage Act & Relief from Child Support Arrearages Adler v Dormio, Docket No 319608, decided March 19, 2015 for publication is an interesting and informative decision. The Court of Appeal held that, under the Revocation of Parentage Act, MCL 722.1431, the affiliated father of a child born in 2005 has a right to a hearing in the trial court on remand to determine whether he is entitled to have child support arrearages cancelled upon the finding that he was not the biological father. Revocation of Parentage Act, among other things, permits a man found by a court to […]

  • Gordon & Hess – Divorce, Family Law & Criminal Defense – Video

    Gordon & Hess – Divorce, Family Law & Criminal Defense – Video

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    February 20, 2015

    The attorneys at Gordon & Hess, PLC are experienced in all of these areas and have handled complex family law matters in Grand Rapids, Grand Haven, Holland, Muskegon, White Cloud, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Allegan, Van Buren, Hastings, Stanton, Ionia as well as other cities throughout West Michigan. We can help you. When facing a difficult family law matter it is important that you retain an experienced family law professional that understands the issues, the law and can aggressively and effectively advocate on your behalf to protect your rights and the rights of your family. If you need a Family Law […]

  • When to seek an Ex-Parte Order?

    When to seek an Ex-Parte Order?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    February 9, 2015

    Ex-Parte Orders are sought from the Judge in emergency type situations and the opposing party has no notice of the request and no opportunity to be heard. The party seeking the Ex-Parte Order must set forth an Affidavit of facts showing that irreparable injury, loss, or damage will result from the delay to give notice or adverse action would result from the notice itself. Generally, Ex-Parte Orders to preserve assets, prevent cancellation of insurance and utilities, or from changing insurance beneficiaries are more easily granted, especially if the Order mutually binds both sides. In a divorce case the court often […]

  • Divorce in West Michigan – Grand Rapids

    Divorce in West Michigan – Grand Rapids

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    February 6, 2015

    The decision to file for divorce is never an easy one. The filing of a divorce complaint sets in motion a legal proceeding to dissolve the marriage and return each spouse to the legal status of being single. Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, which means that, neither party needs to prove the other party at fault in order to obtain a divorce. However, depending on the circumstances “fault” may be relevant and something to be presented to the Court if a party is seeking more than a 50/50 division of assets and debts. In Michigan a divorce may not […]

  • Family Law in Michigan

    Family Law in Michigan

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    January 27, 2015

    Family law is an area of the law that deals with family matters and domestic relations, including divorce but not limited to divorce proceedings. Family law usually applies to domestic issues when the parties involved were either never married or are no longer married but still have child related issues or post judgment matters that need to be addressed in Court. Here is a general list of domestic issues that fall under the family law category: Paternity Custody Parenting Time/Child Visitation Child Support Spousal Support Post Judgment Matters Adoption Child Abuse and Neglect Juvenile Adjudication When facing a difficult family law […]

  • How Courts determine Custody in Michigan?

    How Courts determine Custody in Michigan?

    by Gordon & Hess, PLC

    January 21, 2015

    In Michigan there are 12 factors that the courts must use when deciding custody. These factors are known as the “best interest” factors of the child or children. Below are all the factors with a few sample questions that the Court might ask to help make a determination on the best interest factors. Each factor is important and must be considered by the Court, but the Court does not have to weigh them all equally. Based on the facts of your particular case, the Court might decide some of the factors are more important than others. Please review the factors […]

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