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  • Mich. divorce cases raise ‘dirty laundry’ concerns

    Mich. divorce cases raise ‘dirty laundry’ concerns

    A sole practitioner trying to boost his divorce practice regularly visits trial court websites to take a look at the divorce complaints. He then sends letters to the non-filers, hoping to get them as new clients. On several occasions, the letters have notified non-filers of the divorce proceedings before the filers have been able to break the news. And in some cases where domestic violence is alleged, the letters have tipped off non-filers, making it nearly impossible for the filers to get away unscathed.

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  • Rabbi in forced-divorces case convicted of kidnap conspiracy

    An Orthodox rabbi accused of using brutal tactics to force unwilling Jewish men to divorce their wives was convicted this week of conspiracy to commit kidnapping. But the federal jury in Rabbi Mendel Epstein's case rendered a mixed verdict Tuesday, acquitting him of attempted kidnapping. Epstein's son was acquitted of conspiracy and kidnapping counts. Two other rabbis were convicted of conspiracy to commit kidnapping and attempted kidnapping.

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  • Mich. court debuts dedicated parenting-time docket

    A specialized docket devoted exclusively to parenting-time issues is now up and running in Michigan's Wayne County Circuit Court, saving parties both time and money. A similar docket was in place several years ago but fell to the wayside when the presiding referee retired, according to Wayne Circuit Court Administrator Zenell B. Brown. The docket has been resurrected, she said, because it has been taking too long for parenting-time issues to be resolved. “When we scheduled motions across the board for all referees, they ended up coming after child-support issues and other filings, and people were having to wait a long time for a court date,” Brown said. “The judges were getting upset because parties were sometimes waiting 12 weeks for a parenting-time motion to be heard.”

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Human trafficking: Danger grows in our own backyard

Victims of human trafficking are often thrust into this criminal activity by deception or blackmail, with the perpetrators targeting vulnerable populations — generally females between the ages of 14-21, often with backgrounds that include early childhood trauma, a history of being sexually assaulted, witnessing community violence or parental neglect.

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Legislation Watch: Estate planning strategies under attack in recent budget proposals

The Obama Administration’s 2015 budget contained several proposals addressing estate and gift tax planning that were carried over from the 2014 proposals. Taxpayers considering any ...

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Same-sex prenups: Consider this before the nuptials

Same-sex prenups: Consider this before the nuptials

The legalization of same-sex marriage in Maryland went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013 after a voter referendum. Just six months later, on June 26, ...

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Carol G. Cooper and F. Kirk Kolodner: Spotlight on “Twilight” Alimony

Establishing, modifying or terminating alimony can be challenging, especially when one or both parties is approaching retirement age.

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