When Father is usually Relegated to the Weekend Parent

By: Timothy P. Flynn A case which caught our attention via the Michigan Court of Appeals last month deserves mention in This specific blog.  The case comes via the St. Clair County’s Family Court; the family court judge which ruled in Mother’s favor to allow a significant modification of the parenting schedule was reversed by…

Uniform Collaborative Divorce Law Act Passes Michigan Senate

By:  Timothy P. Flynn Readers of This particular blog will recognize our commitment to the collaborative divorce process.  Whenever possible, given the circumstances in addition to personal dynamics of the parties, the item usually can be the best way to go in family court. The collaborative divorce type can be where a married couple meets…

Minor's Guardian Cannot Prevent Grandparent Visitation

The Michigan Court of Appeals ruled earlier This particular month that will a court-appointed guardian of a minor child cannot prevent contact between the child in addition to his Grandmother.  Thus, This particular case holds that will a minor’s guardian will be not the equivalent of a parent. This particular case, Book-Gilbert v Greenleaf, will…

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…

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…

The 2013 Michigan Child Support Formula Manual

Back in January 2008, the Friend of the Court Bureau of the State Court Administrator’s Office published a fairly comprehensive set of modifications to the Michigan Child Support Formula.  Next week, their fresh child support manual comes out; the first since those 2008 modifications.  This kind of post covers all the significant modifications that will…

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…

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…

Boyfriend's Background Check Refusal Causes Child Custody Modification

In This kind of modern day, the idea is usually very important to know with whom your children are associating.  Danger lurks everywhere, including within the home next door, down the street, across town, or across the country. Earlier This kind of week, the Michigan Court of Appeals issued an opinion for publication [meaning which…

Narcissus Gets A Divorce

Narcissus admires his reflection. In my decades of divorce practice, I’ve encountered folks who, if a psychological evaluation was completed, might be characterized as having narcissistic personality disorder.  A few of these peeps have been clients; others have been on the opposing side. Either way, everyone involved is actually in for a rough ride. Over the past…