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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781570714092
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 12/1/1998
  • Series: Self Help Law Kit Series
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 292
  • Product dimensions: 8.52 (w) x 10.94 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Using Self-Help Law Books 1
Introduction 3
Chapter 1 Marriage "Ins and Outs" 5
Legal Separation
Do You Really Want a Divorce?
Chapter 2 The Legal System 15
Theory vs. Reality
Divorce Law and Procedure
Legal Research
Chapter 3 Lawyers 27
Do You Want a Lawyer?
Selecting a Lawyer
Working with a Lawyer
Chapter 4 Evaluating Your Situation 37
Your Spouse
Gathering Information
Property and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Which Procedure to Use
Chapter 5 General Procedures 59
An Introduction to Legal Forms
Filing with the Court Clerk
Notifying Your Spouse
The Friend of the Court
Setting a Court Hearing
Courtroom Manners
Chapter 6 Consent Divorce 73
In General
Complaint for Divorce
Verified Statement
Marital Settlement Agreement
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act Affidavit
Answer and Waiver
Judgment of Divorce
Record of Divorce or Annulment
Income Withholding
Chapter 7 Uncontested Divorce 89
Complaint for Divorce
Verified Statement
Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act Affidavit
Default, Application, Entry, Affidavit
Request for Certificate of Military Service Status
Obtaining Information
Withdrawing an Answer
If You Reach a Settlement
Notice of Hearing
Judgment of Divorce
Record of Divorce or Annulment
Chapter 8 Contested Divorce 101
Procedural Differences from Uncontested Cases
Obtaining Information
Property and Debts
Child Custody and Visitation
Child Support
Spousal Support (Alimony)
If You Reach a Settlement
Chapter 9 The Court Hearing 113
The Hearing
Chapter 10 When You Can't Find Your Spouse 125
The Diligent Search
Preparing and Filing Court Papers
Chapter 11 Temporary Support, Custody, and Visitation 131
Temporary Orders in General
Temporary Custody
Temporary Child Support
Temporary Parenting Time (Visitation)
Temporary Spousal Support (Alimony)
Ex Parte Orders
Entering Orders
Chapter 12 Special Circumstances 169
When You Can't Afford Court Costs
Protecting Yourself and Your Children
Protecting Your Property
Pension Plans
Defending Yourself
Appendix A Michigan Statutes and Court Rules 183
Appendix B Michigan Child Support Guidelines 197
Appendix C Forms 205
Index 289
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