Unfounded CPS Complaints Lead to Loss of Custody

We have seen This kind of movie at our law firm on a few occasions.  A maladjusted parent attempts to enlist the machinery of the state in a bid to gain custody by producing false or trumped-up allegations of abuse against the various other spouse or co-parent. Earlier This kind of week, the Michigan Court…

Senate Bill Prevents Lawyers coming from Soliciting in Newly Filed Divorces

We lawyers are not supposed to be soliciting anyway, as the idea is actually expressly prohibited inside the Rules of Professional Conduct.  however through the years, a tiny group of divorce lawyers, unable to get clients any some other way, send solicitation letters to people with the misfortune of having their spouse file for divorce….

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…

Family Court Judge Did Not Violate Teenager's Constitutional Rights Excluding Her via Parents' Custody Hearing

By:  Timothy P. Flynn This particular will be a case with an important message via the Ohio Supreme Court.  Thus, while the In Re AG opinion, released yesterday, does not bind family courts here in Michigan, the item will be nevertheless instructive. Since 2001, the teenager, A.G., grew up amid perpetual family court divorce proceedings in…

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…

Bi-Coastal Custody Battle Examines Rights of Pregnant Women

Gold medalist Bode Miller By:  Timothy P. Flynn The photo at left notwithstanding, Bode Miller has picked-up several Olympic skiing medals in both Salt Lake City in addition to Vancouver over the past decade; he can be currently training for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Japan.  As a result, he can be one of…

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…

Sex Change Does Not Invalidate Divorce

Of course, This particular case comes to us coming from Ann Arbor.  Last month, the Court of Appeals decided a divorce case involving gender reassignment in a published decision. from the case of In re Estate of Burnett, a couple had been married when Husband underwent gender reassignment surgery as well as became a woman…

The Intersection of Family as well as Criminal Law

Oscar Pistorius faces a judge at a bail hearing. We have only to look to the recent as well as utterly tragic Oscar Pistorius premeditated murder case to know that will sometimes our emotions get the best of us when that will comes to love as well as romance.  While we are in no way…

Six Holiday Parenting Tips

This specific is actually a seasonal re-post via last December.  The suggestions apply to divorced or separated families This specific time of the year. Often, tensions escalate over the holidays as divorced parents struggle with the demands of scheduling the children to accommodate two households.  Holiday schedules are already difficult without the complications of a…