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April 2017 Archives

New report advises attorneys about law enforcement hacking

Criminal defense attorneys in Michigan have a new resource when confronted with evidence against their clients that was collected during law investigations in which computer users were secretly surveilled. A recent report released by the Electronic Frontier Foundation, American Civil Liberties Union and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers explains how law enforcement spies on computer users in secret with hacking malware.

When a parent can request a child custody modification

When a Michigan court finalizes a child custody arrangement, it is generally set unless there are a certain reasons the order needs to change. It should be noted that the court will rarely change the child custody arrangement if it is working well for everyone involved, though there are a specific set of circumstances when a modification may be appropriate.

Child support obligations for disabled parents

When Ann Arbor parents of young children end their marriages, the non-custodial parents will normally be ordered to pay child support. This is to ensure that custodial parents have the money they need to raise their children. A question often arises as to what happens if a noncustodial parent become disabled.

What is aiding and abetting?

Under some circumstances, Michigan law can hold you jointly responsible for someone else's actions. Helping someone else commit a crime or avoid punishment after committing one can lead to criminal charges of aiding and abetting or being an accessory after the fact.

How tax refunds increase the likelihood of bankruptcy

According to the IRS, the average tax refund for Michigan residents and other Americans in 2016 was $2,860. While some will use that money to take a vacation or make other large purchases, others will use the money to file for bankruptcy. According to the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts, bankruptcy filings in March between 2013 and 2016 were 26 to 34 percent higher than the monthly average for the year.

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