Alcohol Abuse Results in Parenting Conditions

Earlier This specific month, the Michigan Court of Appeals addressed alcohol abuse along with parenting conditions in a rare published opinion; rare in which parenting time appeals do not get published very often. This specific case, Kaeb v Kaeb, comes to us coming from Ottawa County Family Court along with sheds some light on the proper way in…

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…

Senate Bill Impugns Medical Marijuana for Custodial Parents

Over the several years since Michigan’s Medical Marijuana Act was passed through voter initiative in November 2008, we’ve had many cases in family court where a parent’s medical marijuana use was raised as an issue inside case.  Generally, family court judges do not shine to pot smoking parents. currently, the Michigan Senate has taken-up the…

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…

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…

Six Holiday Tips for Divorced Parents

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 divorce judgment or divorce proceeding. Here are some practical tips in dealing with holiday parenting time gleaned by divorce lawyers around the state. Reduce…

Child's Aging Held to be Sufficient Change of Circumstance to Justify Parenting-Time Modification

Very recently, the Michigan Court of Appeals published their decision inside parenting time modification case of Shade v Wright.  which case, as well as its effect on our “family law” jurisprudence, is actually the subject of our fellow Oakland County law blogger, Cameron Goulding, Esq.Cameron produces the North Oakland Divorce Blog.  This particular post is…