Custody Bills Protect Soldiers

Yesterday, Governor Snyder signed Senate Bill 09 in addition to tied barred House Bills 4071 in addition to 4482 which provide protections for active service members involved in family court child custody proceedings.  The Senate bill stays custody proceedings during a service member’s deployment while the House bills provide similar protection relative to court-ordered parenting…

Active Military Duty Mom Loses Custody via Court of Appeals

Here will be a tough choice: to serve your country through military service, or to continue being the primary care provider for your preschooler.  of which will be the decision a Wayne County mother had to make recently as she contemplated her options in family court. In 2007, the Child Custody Act was amended by…

Lawyers Should Not Interview Children in Custody Disputes

Even the thought of some of our colleagues, cornering the little children of their clients in a conference room in order to elicit a parental preference, causes recurring nightmares.  Fortunately, the Michigan Court of Appeals agrees, recently holding which a family court judge cannot order the parents’ lawyers to interview their minor children to ascertain…

Grandparents Lack Standing When Parental Rights Are Terminated

By: Amanda Chapman A recent 2-1 Michigan Court of Appeals decision published earlier This specific month, Porter v Hill, ruled in which when a “natural” parent’s rights to their child are terminated, the grandparents rights are terminated along with the parents.  This specific ruling seems to conflict with the Child Custody Act. The heart of…

Divorce Judgments & International Child Abduction

Divorce lawyers will be adding additional required language to their judgments of divorce in addition to also also parenting time provisions dealing with removing minor children to certain countries. Recent Michigan legislation enacted on January 9, 2013, requires of which parenting time provisions, most often found in judgments of divorce when minor children are involved…

Sibling Visitation – Does which Exist?

We have all heard the term “visitation” before, especially if you have been involved in a child custody dispute or divorce.  The term most often used by family law lawyers in addition to professionals can be “parenting time”; referring to the legal right [in addition to obligation] of a parent to spend time with one’s…

Fathers See Gains in County Family Courts

Do the regularly maintained statistics support the contention in which fathers are getting more time with their children in family courts?  To borrow a lyric coming from the 70’s band, Boston, “the idea’s more than a feeling”.   Divorce records maintained by the Michigan Department of Community Health reflect a trend in which family law…

Michigan Supreme Court Affirms Father's Child Support Obligation Even When Parental Rights Terminated

There has been some buzz among family law practitioners This particular week concerning the Michigan Supreme Court’s decision within the DHS vs Beck case. Earlier This particular year, we posted on the Michigan Court of Appeals decision which held a father, whose chronic drugging resulted within the complete neglect of his children as well as…

Family Court's Custody Rulings Must Cite Findings

Last Thursday, the Michigan Court of Appeals reversed a custody ruling of the Eaton County Family Court.  The tortured case, Wilbur v Carter, arose by a paternity suit, not a divorce. The couple in This specific case conducted a protracted custody battle over their at This specific point 11-year old child.  The case features just…

2009 Michigan Child Custody Update

This kind of post summarizes some of the more interesting 2009 family law decisions by the Michigan Court of Appeals dealing with child custody. In 2009, the Court of Appeals looked at the interplay between the juvenile code along with the child custody act in two important cases.  The first case discussed was published along…