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How a criminal record puts you in a second prison

You are convicted of a crime, you go to jail and you do your time. You get out, excited to get your life back on track. However, you suddenly begin to realize just how many obstacles you may face.

For example, you could find that some of your basic rights have been taken away. You may not be able to own a gun, for example, or vote. You may have to go without your driver's license for a time.

Creating a co-parenting plan is best for your family

Family courts are encouraging both parents to be involved in the children’s lives after a divorce. In fact, the legislature is considering changes to the way child custody is determined in Michigan. Instead of assuming that the mother is the primary caregiver, judges would have to start a case by assuming both parents would have joint custody rights. Research shows that children who have both parents involved do better in school, have higher self-esteem and are more emotionally stable. 

Although the court can implement a custody plan for your post-divorce family, it is typically better for the parents to work out this plan together. Even though emotions might be high, by focusing on the needs of the children, two parents can come together and find the best way for the children to maintain relationships with each of them. One thing that most parents agree on is that they do want what is best for the children. 

Electronic communication can play a role in your divorce

Electronic communication is everywhere. You probably text as much as you call, if not more. You likely use social media to keep in touch with people you never see in real life. You probably send email messages vastly more than snail mail.

If you're getting divorced, all of these things can play a role.

Michigan preparing for potential change to child custody laws

Changes could be coming soon to the way that child custody cases are handled in Michigan. New legislation is going to be considered, making it mandatory for judges to start their cases with the assumption that both parents will be given joint custody rights. This means time with the children and obligations would be split.

The idea behind the new measure is simply that children are better off when both parents remain involved, even when they are not married. Since courts are supposed to seek solutions with the children's best interests as their main focus, this measure would attempt to keep joint custody in place more often.

How can you cut back on the visitation drama this summer?

Summer gives you and your children a lot of opportunities. They have more free time, and you may decide to use it for trips, vacations, longer visits and more. This was true when you and your ex were married, and it's still true even though you're divorced.

Of course, the summer can also create more visitation drama. You and your ex both want those extended hours, trips, vacations and other alterations to the standard schedule that is so easy to follow during the school year.

2 people killed when speeding sports car lands on top of them

A 21-year-old woman in Detroit, Michigan, was killed in a freak car accident reportedly caused by a reckless, speeding driver.

According to police, a 37-year-old man was behind the wheel of a Chevy Camaro, breaking the speed limit, when he slammed into a curb. The impact threw the small sports car into the air.

What is a good faith reason to move with a child?

Relocating with a child, after divorce, can be difficult. If you and your ex both have custody rights, moving can sometimes violate those rights. If your ex wants to stay in Michigan, for example, but you're hoping to move to Texas, it's fairly clear that moving with the child will mean your ex won't see him or her as often -- if at all.

Therefore, to get permission to relocate, you are sometimes asked for a "good faith" reason. This can be asked for more than just your ex's benefit. The court may also consider your child's social stability, school situation and emotional state, among other things.

3 reasons why you need an attorney

When facing criminal charges in Michigan, you may feel tempted to avoid hiring an attorney because of your finances. But you should take into consideration the cost and long-term implications that come with representing yourself or using a public defender. No matter the seriousness of the crime or the penalties you face, a good criminal defense attorney can be an invaluable source of guidance during this trying time in your life.

Learn why it is beneficial for you to hire an attorney anytime you face criminal charges.

Key facts about Michigan's marijuana laws

If you're ever accused of possessing or selling marijuana in Michigan, it's crucial to understand the state's drug laws. This is especially true if you don't think you broke the law -- perhaps you thought you had legally obtained the marijuana based on medical needs -- but is always important regardless of the facts of the case.

First of all, illegal possession in Michigan is a misdemeanor. The penalty could net you an entire year behind bars, however. On top of that, you could be fined as much as $2,000. Don't let the fact that it's a misdemeanor make you think the ramifications aren't serious.

Issues that make joint custody more complicated

Joint custody sounds, in many ways, like the obvious answer during a divorce with children. You're both the children's parents, and joint custody allows you both to stay involved and to help with the responsibilities and obligations that come with raising those kids.

However, there are issues that can make it very implicated. Some oft-cited examples include:

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