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The compensation you may receive for misattributed paternity

Paternity is a legal term that imposes reciprocal obligations on fathers and their children. It obligates the father to care for his children and allows the father to receive inheritances from his children. Misattributed paternity occurs when the father unknowingly provides care and support to a child to whom he is not biologically related. Under this situation, the father may file a claim for compensation. Misattributed paternity, despite modern-DNA testing, still occurs. DNA testing is only utilized if there is a dispute regarding paternity.
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Sex crimes convictions in Michigan carry consequences for offenders

A Michigan man was recently arrested after police discovered child pornography on a tablet computer that he had in his home. The man, already on probation for prior sex crimes convictions, faces a host of penalties that will include enhanced punishments due to his status as a repeat offender.
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An Overview of the Various Methods to Divorce, Part 1

Every divorce is unique. Every couple collects a variety of assets, a unique retirement account make-up, their children are different, and their memories are different. Each of these factors contribute to making each divorce different as couples confront their different issues.
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Settling custody matters out of court

If you're going through a divorce, chances are you and your soon-to-be ex will not be on the best of terms. There was a time when you were both in love, but if you've decided to go your separate ways, there must be some level of tension in the relationship. That can make the divorce process even more difficult because through all the hurt feelings and animosity, you both have to come to an agreement on issues like property division, child custody, and support.
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Registry Reporting Requirements for Michigan Sex Offenders

Michigan law calls for sex offenders to be registered in three tiers, based on the crime committed, their risk of reoffending and their perceived danger to the public. For example, Level 1 offenders have a low risk of committing future crimes and pose a minimal public safety risk. Each tier has different requirements, particularly concerning registration and reporting.
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