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Do I Really Need a Lawyer for a DUI

Drinking and driving convictions can carry harsh penalties in the state of Michigan and can have serious and devastating consequences for individuals and families.  Punishment for conviction, depending on the circumstances, may include fines, educat…
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The Law in Michigan - Grandparent Visitation

When can a grandparent seek visitation? If a grandparent makes a request to see a grandchild and is unreasonably denied visitation by the child’s parent or parents, the law affords the grandparent an opportunity to appear in court and seek a court…
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Later in Life Divorces in Michigan

There is a rising trend throughout the United States among older adults contemplating and pursuing divorce, ending marriages that lasted 30 or 40 years.  While the personal and societal considerations that attempt to define the phenomenon sometimes…
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What is a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

Under Michigan law, a wrongful death cause of action arises out of the death of a loved one.  It allows family members and other dependents to recover monetary damages in the event that a loved one was killed as a result of the negligence or miscond…
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License Restoration Appeals in Michigan

If you have had your Michigan driver’s license restricted, revoked or suspended, you may feel overwhelmed by the processes you must follow in order to attempt to restore your license. At The Law Office of Patrick L. Chatterton, we understand yo…
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Custody, Visitation and Fathers’ Rights in Michigan

As a father, you want what is best for your child. This is especially true during the difficult circumstances surrounding and following a divorce. Divorce is one of the most stressful times in a person’s life. Dealing with child custody and vis…
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How Will My Michigan Personal Injury Cases Proceed

If you’ve suffered a personal injury, you probably have a lot of questions about what happens if you decide to sue the person or company responsible for your suffering. This is a difficult and scary time for you, and an understanding of how you…
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Reasons for Changing Visitation in Michigan

An overview of the legitimate reasons the court recognizes for needing to change a child visitation agreement. While it is important to set up and maintain child custody and visitation arrangements during your divorce proceedings, the truth is that l…
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Changing Child’s Biological Father on Michigan Birth Certificate

If your child’s biological father was not named on the birth certificate and you later wish to add that name, Flint family law attorney Patrick Chatterton can help you do so. In Michigan, there are very strict guidelines at the Vital Records office…
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Setting Aside a Criminal Conviction in Michigan

More than 80% of employers run background checks on their potential employees.  It’s important, particularly in this economy, to be able to have your best foot forward. People make mistakes.  It’s an unfortunate part of life.  Those who learn…
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