As the American family continues to evolve so have the laws regarding legal relationships. Marriage, divorce, annulment, children, property and a wide range of other issues involving domestic relations fall under “Family Law.”
Michigan State Representative Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, has introduced legislation that would drastically alter the way in which child custody cases are decided in Michigan. House Bill 4691 passed the House Judiciary Committee on a 6-3 vote in June, with Republicans supporting and Democrats opposing.
When someone dies due to the fault (accidental or intentional) or negligence of another person or entity, those who suffer damages and survive the deceased may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. Lawsuits can be brought against individuals, businesses, product manufacturers and other legal entities responsible for the death.
Although “no fault” divorce became law in Michigan in 1972, the court may consider fault when dividing marital assets or when one party asks for spousal support or alimony. “No fault” divorce means you don’t need to prove that your spouse was “at fault,” or did anything wrong to have the court grant you a divorce.
My son, Connor, and I recently had that experience, and besides wrestling with your conscience as to what is morally necessary and appropriate, you do have certain legal obligations you need to satisfy.
In 1971 Michigan’s divorce law was changed to provide for “no-fault divorce.” Prior to 1971 you had to allege, and then prove, that your spouse had either committed adultery, was incompetent, imprisoned for more than three years, deserted you or was a habitual drunkard to get divorced.
It’s a matter of endurance. Marriage, that is. In her book, “The Secret Lives of Wives: Women Share What It Really Takes To Stay Married,” Iris Krasnow interviewed 200 women managing to stick it out in long marriages.