What is included in Child Support?

Question: I pay about $3,000 in child support each month and my oldest just started college. I pay $1,000 per month to the school toward tuition and room and board. Can I deduct this payment from the child support and pay only $2000? Answer: In Michigan the answer is no in most cases. Because the… Read More »

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2015!

At the law firm of Matecun, Thomas & Olson, we understand how fortunate we are to be able to share our New Year with the clients and community who are a big part of our success. Before the calendar turns to 2016, before the social networking sites get flooded with messages, before the mobile networks… Read More »

Merry Christmas from Matecun, Thomas & Olson, PLC

We hope that you, your family and friends enjoy the most joyous Christmas. At this time of year we are thankful for all the blessings that we have been given and particularly thankful for all the many people we have been able to assist throughout the last year. God Bless You and Merry Christmas! “Let us keep Christmas… Read More »

I am in the middle of a divorce and my spouse says that she gets the first $20,000 out of the house because we used the proceeds from her house to make the down payment. Is she right?

No, probably not. Separate property (which is what she is claiming the down payment is) is not generally subject to division by the Court in a divorce. There are exceptions but they are relatively rare. Separate property can exist when there is: (1) a prenuptial agreement; (2) gifts between the parties; (3) retirement benefits; (4)… Read More »

One of our neighbors has filed a lawsuit to get title to portions of a road we use to access our property and that EMS vehicles use to provide emergency life saving services. The neighbor claims he has been in possession of the land in question for more than 15 years. What can I do?

First you must respond to the lawsuit or the neighbor can get a Default Judgment against you and anyone else who does not file a response. I recommend you and your other neighborhood friends all get together and hire one lawyer to represent all of you; it’s much less expensive that way. What the one neighbor is doing… Read More »