How to File for a No-Fault Divorce in Michigan

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Filing for divorce in Michigan can be a very difficult and traumatic process. Not only are you putting an end to a relationship and life, but there can also be assets to separate and custody arrangements to settle. Nessel & Kessel, premier Michigan divorce attorneys, can help you navigate these complicated and, and often emotionally charged, waters. Michigan operates as …

The Knife found on OJ’s Property and Double Jeopardy

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In a story that has made headlines all over the world, literally, news broke today that almost 20 years ago, a knife was recovered from the property of OJ Simpson.  While the origin of the knife is not totally clear, it is entirely possible that this knife could yield further evidence about the murders of which OJ was accused. In what …

New Michigan Gun Law

In Blog by Chris Kessel

On March 4, 2015, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill that would change the way concealed pistol licenses (CPL) were issued.  Yesterday that bill went into effect.  According to the Governor, the new bill will “streamline” how CPL’s are issued.  However some, including those at Nessel & Kessel Law, are concerned that the new law will allow for more potentially …

Attempted Murder Charges Dismissed

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Attempted murder, felony firearm, and reckless discharge of a firearm were just some of the charges that were dismissed after a preliminary exam held by defense attorney Chris Kessel, in the district court in the City of Taylor, Michigan.  It was alleged that our client, JM, had used a shotgun to shoot his son in the arm, in an attempt to …

New HYTA Law

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Recently, the Michigan Legislature made what some what call a surprising move…they made life a little bit easier for young criminal defendants.  For years, criminal defendants aged 17-20 have able to take advantage of HYTA – the Holmes Youthful Training Act – as a way of avoiding a criminal conviction from staining their record.  When a youthful offender pled guilty to a …

Why you need a second-parent adoption

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Having your name on the birth certificate is not enough; you need a second-parent adoption. On June 26, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples violates their 14th Amendment rights; specifically the Due Process and Equal Protection clauses. This meant that once these same-sex couples were issued licenses and were officially married, they …

New Expungement Bill Signed

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In a rare move by the Michigan Legislature and Governor Snyder, a bill was signed into law today that actually makes like a bit easier for those with a criminal record.  The new bill makes it possible for a person with 2 misdemeanors OR 1 NON-VIOLENT felony to have the convictions removed from their record. Under the new law, once …

Use of Force by Law Enforcement

In Blog by Chris Kessel

Generally we at Nessel and Kessel Law will refrain from editorializing on our blog.  We find it’s more useful to cite new updates in the law, discuss our own cases, or discuss meaningful cases that are pending cases before the United States Supreme Court.  However, considering the recent developments in Missouri and New York, we feel it’s time to comment. …

Obtaining a Same-Sex Divorce in Michigan

In Blog by Chris Kessel

As the Mark Slackmeyer character once quipped in the Doonesbury comic strip, the reason we need gay marriage is so we can have gay divorce. The unfortunate fact is that some same-sex relationships, even of long duration, do not last. So until recently, without the right to marry, the rights and protections of divorce did not extend to same-sex couples. …

Same-Sex Couples in Oakland County MI File Adoption Applications

In Blog by Chris Kessel

In the days since the landmark decision by U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman that deemed Michigan’s ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, the air of change seems to be blowing in the Mitten state. Although a stay has been placed on the ruling, Governor Rick Snyder has said that the 320 same-sex marriages performed beforehand were legal. Even though this is …