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It's time for another look at how the laws related to parentage, custody, relocation and parental abduction intersect. Consider a recent and typical case with these facts--often encountered by family lawyers helping young parents: √ The parents were unmarried √... Continue reading
Posted 3 days ago at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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A recent FBI report, "Domestic Custodial-Motivated Child Abductions," reveals astounding statistics about the increase in parental abductions. Here, abduction is defined as "a wrongful retention" or a "wrongful taking" of a child or children to defeat the parental rights of... Continue reading
Posted Feb 8, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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As what lawyers have come to describe as "Grey Divorce" occurs, our elderly clients have concerns about their future income. This is especially true if one of them, typically the wife, hasn't worked much or if, as is true in... Continue reading
Posted Feb 6, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Under a recent amendment to the family law code in Alaska, family court judges there will now be required to treat pets more like children and to consider the well-being of animals when making decisions about which spouse gets to... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Nicholas Kristof's Blog On the Ground in the New York Times online offers Kristof's readers a public forum within which to present and discuss alternative views, innovative approachs, and forward-thinking ideas about social issues. One such posting was written by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Mark E. Sullivan, COL, USA (Ret.), a frequent guest author on this Blog, offers lawyers and military spouses alike important information about pending legislation, not yet law, regarding division of military retirements. Military retirements are usually the most valuable assets owned by a military family. This legislation greatly impacts former spouses' rights in military retirements. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Facebook A New York Times article published on October 31, 2016, discussing access to and ownership of electronic data published today was certainly interesting. It was all the more interesting when I learned that one of my clients had had two lawyers--each of whom had represented her husband--"pop up" on her Facebook feed. Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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In 2015, a New York court approved this method of service. I blogged about it here: Service of Process by Email or Facebook? The New York case law is available in that post, and gives a detailed description of how to convince a trial court judge to permit this unusual (then) manner of service. I used Facebook to serve divorce papers in Thailand, after the trial court judge approved it in an Order. Continue reading
Posted Oct 21, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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President Obama signed the instrument of ratification for the Hague Convention on International Recovery of Child Support and Other Forms of Family Maintenance. This will help U.S. custodial parents collection child support from parents who reside in other countries. Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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You may want to bookmark this hyperlink to the online Civil Docket Sheet for the 13th Circuit Court (Michigan). It would be very handy if the webmaster would provide an automatic transfer, but perhaps they've not kept the old URL/website which they'd need to do that. An alternative would be to a hyperlink in several obvious places. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
You may want to bookmark this hyperlink to the online Civil Docket Sheet for the 13th Circuit Court (Michigan). It would be very handy if the webmaster would provide an automatic transfer, but perhaps they've not kept the old URL/website which they'd need to do that. An alternative would be to a hyperlink in several obvious places. Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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It makes good sense to develop a team of specialist in the CPS office. Team members can work on developing relationships with others involved in the investigation. This will make future collaboration easier since there is no need to become acquainted -- the working relationship already exists. Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Pollack, Davis A recent article published in Youth Today might interest you: “Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent.” The authors are Daniel Pollack and Noy Davis. It’s just common sense: An adult's past criminal history or history of child maltreatment is not to be balanced against the safety of a child. This is not to say a person with any criminal record should be barred as a foster parent, but certainly an applicant with a substantiated history of child maltreatment, no matter how far in the distant past, should be permanently barred. Foster care agencies have a legitimate reason to inquire about a prospective foster parent’s criminal and child maltreatment history, be it an inquiry, arrest, charge or conviction. Why? Quite simply, the agency seeks to maximize child safety. Continue reading
Posted Aug 2, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Have you considered reporting suspected child abuse to CPS? It's important to know how your report might be perceived by a CPS caseworker. All other factors being equal, does it matter if the reporter is anonymous or identified? Effective child maltreatment investigation relies to a significant extent upon information supplied by anonymous reporters. Reliance on these reporters presents the child protection, law enforcement, and judicial systems with a challenge: giving proper weight to such reports while safeguarding everyone’s constitutional rights. Continue reading
Posted Jul 28, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
Grand Rapids attorney Elizabeth Bransdorfer has shared the news about a one-day child support amnesty program. Kent County is offering a break to some 3,500 residents who have fallen behind on child support payments over the last year and found... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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A baby found yesterday by a youngster in Indiana was wrapped in a black towel and thrown under a bush. Part of the umbilical cord was still attached at it and were covered in maggots. The infant was exposed to summer heat and sunlight. Sadly, the mother did not know about special temperature controlled safe place where she could have left the infant. Sadly, the mother did not know about "Safe Haven" laws like Michigan's "Safe Delivery of Newborns" law. Continue reading
Posted Jul 13, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
Divorce litigants need to disclose all children born to the parties--whether during the divorce or prior to the divorce in a Complaint for Divorce. D.I.Y parties may have some problems / questions / difficulties with that. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Child Abduction Prevention: A widely circulated video showed a male trying to drag a 13-year-old girl across the floor and out of a Dollar Store with the mother attempting to intervene and to save her daughter. Frequent reports from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children [NCMEC] of stranger abduction attempts emphasize that no parent should ever leave children unattended in a public place. KIDSMARTZ is a website parents can use to teach their children some very effective abduction prevention tools. Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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In a 5-3 decision, the Supreme Court struck down a 2013 Texas law that required physicians in abortion clinics to have admitting privileges in nearby hospitals and required abortion clinics to meet the standards of ambulatory surgical centers. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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May an older person who has a guardian legally marry? Must the guardian must consent to the marriage? Plymouth, Michigan family lawyer, James P. Ryan, responds. Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Child abuse comes in many different forms, but knowing the definition of child mistreatment, how to prevent it, and how to promote positive change can make all the difference for a family. Abuse can be sexual, physical, or emotional in nature and can include neglect. Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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People used to say "Sticks and stones may break break my bones, but words will never hurt me. Experts now say that this old, old saying is not true and that because verbal abuse is often continuous, the consequences can be longer-lasting. The April issue of the Harvard Mental Health Letter says that scolding, swearing, yelling, blaming, insulting, threatening, ridiculing, demeaning, and criticizing can be just as harmful as physical abuse, sexual abuse outside the home, or witnessing physical abuse at home Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
Are airlines doing enough to protect the children that it charges $150 for each unaccompanied minor flight? A report in the Washington Post would seem to indicate that the airlines needs to fortify its protocols. Continue reading
Posted Jun 22, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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the article described how private sales in places like Craig's List are just not going to let us get this chilling issue under control. The map showing "Firearm Listings By Major City, Region On ‘Craigslist For Guns’" in and of itself is really quite . . . well, frightening Continue reading
Posted Jun 20, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Lee Kaplan of Feasterville, Pennsylvania was arrested and charged with statutory sexual assault after police found 12 young girls living in his house. The girls ranged in age from six months to 18 years. The 18-year-old girl (unrelated to Kaplan) told police that she and Kaplan had two children together, a six-month-old and a 3-year-old. She had allegedly been "gifted" to Kaplan by her father. Police are also seeking charges against the girl's father and mother. Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2016 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW