Grand Rapids Divorce Blog

Attorney Robert B. Relph discusses topics in Grand Rapids divorce such as property settlements, child support and parenting time.

How do Attorneys Bill for Their Services?

Posted on 5/2/2017 by SuperUser Account in Choosing an Attorney

You're probably thinking: “They just send them a bill.” It’s not quite that simple, and for the clients’ sake, it shouldn’t be. Since clients are sometimes paying thousands of dollars for their attorneys’ services in divorce and custody cases, attention to detail and focusing on the welfare of both the attorney and client in the process is important.

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Are There Truly No Winners In Divorce Disputes?

Posted on 3/20/2017 by SuperUser Account in Settlement Negotiation

It is often said that divorce disputes produce winners and losers. A possible corollary to this is the idea that both parties are losers in an acrimonious dispute during the divorce process. These statements are more often overblown ideas involving the difficulties encountered by the parties during the process of their divorce.

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The Problem with Conciliation Conferences in Cases Involving Minor Children

Posted on 12/7/2016 by SuperUser Account in Child Custody Child Support Parenting Time

The Friend of the Court is authorized to hold conciliation conferences in cases involving minor children. The purpose of the conciliation conference is to gather information about the parents’ relationship with the children, availability to provide care for the children, child care, expenses, and income to be used for child support calculations.

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The Involvement of Child Protective Services (CPS) in Grand Rapids Divorce and Custody Cases

Posted on 9/29/2016 by SuperUser Account in Child Custody CPS

Children’s Protective Services in Michigan is charged with investigating and evaluating potential neglect or abuse of minor children. Unfortunately, claims of neglect or abuse arise all too frequently in Grand Rapids contested divorce and custody cases. The claims range from valid and verifiable claims of neglect or abuse to false claims intended to give the reporting party a potential advantage in the divorce or custody case.

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Appeals in Grand Rapids Divorce and Custody Cases

Posted on 8/29/2016 by SuperUser Account in Child Custody Court Trials Contentious Divorce

If you believe the judge made an error in deciding your divorce or custody case, you can appeal the decision to a higher court. However, the process is lengthy, complicated and expensive. Let's examine why this is.

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