Grand Rapids Divorce Blog

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

Changes in Circumstances in Custody and Parenting Time

Posted on 12/6/2017 by Robert Relph in Child Custody Parenting Time

Significant Change in Circumstances

Michigan law provides that there must be a significant change of circumstances to bring a custody or parenting time case back to court, but what constitutes "significant change in circumstances?"

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Deviation Under the Michigan Child Support Formula

Posted on 11/10/2017 by Robert Relph in Child Support

The Michigan Child Support Formula is mandated by law. This means that courts must order child support in the amount determined by the Formula, unless rebutted by facts in a specific case. The results from the Formula and the numbers generated by the Formula can be altered by what is called “Deviation” from the Formula.

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What Does a Typical Divorce Lawyer Fee Agreement Look Like?

Posted on 8/17/2017 by Robert Relph in Fee Agreements

The following represents fairly standard paragraphs often found in fee agreements between attorneys and clients, which agreements the attorney and the client will both sign, and by which both will be bound. As we have pointed out, a fee agreement between the attorney and client is always necessary to have a clear understanding of the contractual relationship between the two. The client should carefully review the fee agreement before signing it, and feel free to ask questions of the attorney regarding the agreement prior to its signing. It is further advisable for the client to periodically review the agreement as part of maintaining a productive attorney-client relationship.

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10 Legal Benefits of Marriage

Posted on 7/7/2017 by Robert Relph

This blog typically speaks of divorce and custody legal issues involved when a marriage fails. But have you ever wondered what the legal benefits of a marriage might be?

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How do Attorneys Bill for Their Services?

Posted on 5/2/2017 by Robert Relph 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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