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Divorce - A Time to Compromise or a Time to be Uncompromising?

I regularly speak with people who are not prepared to proceed with a divorce but want information about divorce.  They want to know about issues involving child custody, child support, spousal support and property division.  I always describe the d… Read More
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Divorce Using Collaborative Practice

Michigan law recognizes collaborative practice as a way to provide full time legal representation to divorcing spouses while avoiding courts and combative attorneys. Read More
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Mediation to Resolve a Divorce

Mediation is a way to resolve a divorce by reaching voluntary agreements through the assistance of a neutral mediator. Read More
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Divorce When You Are Over 50 - Planning for Financial Security

Divorce by nature causes financial problems.  Divorce for people over 50 – known as “gray divorce” – can be a full blown financial crisis.  On average, the gray divorced will end up having only 1/5 of the assets of gray married couples.… Read More
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Getting Honest and Good Advice About Divorce - For Free!

I get two types of questions about my services. First, I am often asked by people if I handle contentious divorces. Of course I do.  I am an attorney who represents people in court all the time.  I just don’t encourage people to take a combative… Read More
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The Age of Divorce

It seems like nowadays all I hear about is how the country is heading in the wrong direction. Wendell Berry, a writer, philosopher, farmer and father of the locally grown food movement, has been saying this far before it became fashionable.  Since t… Read More
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Divorce and the Science on Adverse Childhood Experiences

Since the divorce rate peaked in the 1980s, we have learned a great deal about how divorce affects children, and what it is about divorce that negatively affects them.  We know today that children of divorce are at an increased risk of serious and l… Read More
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Time, Money and Closure

Every marriage and family is different, but in my experience, people who are involved in divorce should have three core concerns: time, money and closure.  Which divorce process is best suited to handle these concerns? It isn’t divorce court. Divo… Read More
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Divorce Radio

The other day I heard a radio commercial that targets male clients for divorce cases. The voice sternly warned men that during divorce, the unfair court system jeopardizes everything… including life with their children.   This message is meant… Read More
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Divorce & Decision Making in the New Year

It is a well-known fact that many divorces are initiated at the beginning of the New Year.  In fact, divorce attorneys have given the month of January the dreary name “Divorce Month.” The timing makes sense. Few couples will want to initiate a d… Read More
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One of the primary missions of Cleland Collaborative Solutions is to help you resolve your divorce in Michigan without going to court, through mediation and collaborative practice. Learn more about the benefits of these approaches.
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