Life Series VI: Parents Should Have a Medical POA for College-Bound Kids

College-bound students should sign a Medical POA to cover themselves for health care emergencies.

Claire had always been a go-getter when it came her studies in high school, so it wasn’t a surprise to her parents Harry and Sally when she announced plans to attend college. On the contrary, Sally and Harry would have been disappointed if Claire had passed up the opportunity to make the most of her academic talents.

But while they had saved for her college education, Harry and Sally hadn’t banked on all the incidentals that come with supporting an 18-year-old child and legal adult who needed to move several hours away from her hometown.

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Michigan is No Fault for Divorce, but Misconduct May Impact Custody

While Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, misconduct may be considered when it comes to child custody issues.

It was clear to Mary that her husband had become a changed man, and not for the better. Aaron showed good stability when they were married 7 years ago, followed by the birth of two children. But lately, his old “wild side” was taking over more and more of his life.

Aaron was starting to drink heavily again and staying out late with his buddies, sometimes to the detriment of his job. The last straw was his latest bender, where he offered no apologies or explanations for leaving Mary alone with the children for three weeks.

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Michigan Is No Fault for Divorce, But Misconduct is a Factor for Support and Property

Michigan divorce courts can consider misconduct such as adultery when deciding spousal support and property division.

Celeste worked for nearly six years doing administrative work at a local insurance company to pay the bills while her husband Bill studied full-time to get his bachelor’s degree in accounting -- all with the hopes that sacrifices she made now would pay off when it was her turn to pursue a college degree.

She felt absolutely betrayed when she discovered Bill was having an affair with another student in one of his classes -- ironically the final one he needed for graduation. When Celeste confronted him, Bill admitted he had been cheating on her for more than a year and he now wanted a divorce.

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No Fault Divorce Law in Michigan Eliminates Misconduct Requirement for Divorce

No fault divorce in Michigan eliminates the requirement of proving misconduct to dissolve the marriage.

Sherri had struggled for nearly three years to keep her marriage with Dave intact, but it was time to throw in the towel. The couple had gone through phases of bitter arguments, attempted reconciliations and counseling, but the marriage was now punctuated by stretches of cold silence.

Neither Sherri nor Dave would say their spouse was a bad person -- they just were incompatible when it came to major decisions that affected them as a couple. They got married in a rush, riding the excitement of courtship. But it became obvious to family and friends, and finally to themselves, that the marriage was a mistake made by two very different people.

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