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Michigan's Revocation of Paternity Act requires a person desiring to set aside (revoke) a previously signed Acknowledgment of Parentage within three years of the date of birth of the child or within three years after the AOP was signed, whichever is later. Certain facts can be grounds for extending that three year time limit. Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
Amazing! Imagine a mother so eager to go to Europe for a vacation that she would leave her four children home alone. It's hard to believe, isn't it! Erin Macke lives in a suburb of Des Moines. When she could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
Sexual abuse of childen: Sometimes "silence is golden." However, when people who are in charge conceal sexual predatory conduct, it can be the cause of life-long suffering for the victims of such coverups. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Children need both parents to grow up as healthy, fully-functioning adults. Mothers who seek to exclude a child's other parent from the child's like are doing the child a great disservice--a great harm. "Children who grow up without a father are five times more likely to live in poverty and commit crime; nine times more likely to drop out of schools and twenty times more likely to end up in prison. They are more likely to have behavioral problems, or run away from home, or become teenage parents themselves. And the foundations of our community are weaker because of it." Barack Obama Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
In a landmark decision, the New Jersey Supreme Court reversed nearly two decades of law in a landmark decision on Tuesday by setting a new standard when it comes to the relocation of children in child custody cases. In Bisbing... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Bullying can have serious, and sometimes fatal consequences. Yesterday, August 2, 2017, CBS reported on the suicide of a 12-year-old girl--Mallory Grossman--who was a straight-A student who loved gymnastics. Mallory, killed herself on June 14 after what her parents claim was relentless cyberbullying by her classmates. Her parents are suing the Rockaway, New Jersey school system for failing to use proper protocol after they reported the cyberbullying. Continue reading
Posted Aug 3, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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From the website of YouthToday.org, by our regular guest blogger, Professor Daniel Pollack: Cockroaches, those infamous, hearty and adaptable bugs, can withstand hostile temperatures that few other creatures can endure. Chameleons, known for their ability to change their appearance, can... Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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According to Michigan law, any modification of custody is subject to the Child Custody Act and requires independent consideration by the court of the best-interest factors. Even modification of parenting time changes requires satisfying the requirements of the Child Custody Act. Just because a trial court calls a change “temporary” does not permit the trial court to avoid its obligation to hear evidence and to make findings of fact and conclusions of law on the best interest of the child factors. Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Professor Amy Bonomi, Professor and Chair of Human Development and Family Studies at Michigan State University and David Martin, King County (Washington) published the field’s first analysis of jail calls that occur between domestic abusers and their victims; outlining a five-stage model describing how abusers manipulate their victims into changing their stories to lessen impending criminal charges. Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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This is the most moving, most haunting, saddest and most powerful article I have ever read about one of the most horrific things that could happen to a family--forgetting that the baby is in the car, parking the car at work for 8 or 9 hours. And the baby dies. Kids & Cars has resources to help parents avoid this tragedy. Continue reading
Posted Jun 11, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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About parents and their children loving to read together--whether it's the Madeleine L'Engel's Time Quintology or the Harry Potter series: parents have an immense pleasure and honor of reading it to their kids, learning new things each time, finding new pleasures with each one, rediscovering details I’d forgotten, falling in love with the characters all over again each time, and, in the meantime, fostering a lifelong passion for reading the written word. Continue reading
Posted Jun 3, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Home Truth, the documentary film about Jessica Lenahan (formerly Gonzales) will premier on Sunday, June 11 and Monday, June 12 at the Human Rights Watch Film Festival in NYC! Shot over the course of nine years, Home Truth chronicles one family’s incredible pursuit of justice, shedding light on how our society responds to domestic violence and how the trauma from domestic violence can linger through generations. In 1999, Colorado mother Jessica Gonzales experienced every parent’s worst nightmare when her three young daughters were killed after being abducted by their father in violation of a domestic violence restraining order. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Can or should law enforcement (police) agencies refuse to help a mother recover minor children of an unmarried mother from a person (for example, from the biological father) who has no court order for custody. The answer is "Yes," law enforcement agencies must assist the unmarried mother of children who are wrongfully taken from her and kept by another--even if that other person is the father of the child(ren). Continue reading
Posted May 29, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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I happened upon a great blog today written by Dan Neuharth, PhD MFT . This looks like a great resource for people dealing on a day-to-day basis with a narcissist. Here's part of today's post. Explore and learn some very useful tools to use when dealing with a narcissist! Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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When domestic abuse and children are involved, divorce and custody can be the epitome of high-stakes conflict and frustration and all too frequently protective parents lose custody of their child to a named abuser. Domestic Abuse, Child Custody, and Visitation... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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This second article in our series on paternity examines specific rights of putative fathers to maintain a parent-child relationship. We look at a biological father whose rights were thwarted when the mother gave the child up for adoption despite his efforts to ensure that she would not do so. Continue reading
Posted May 18, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Bibliotherapy is very helpful to children. Reading a book about a child who has the same or a similar problem helps children feel comfort that they are not alone--not the only one with this problem--but also helps them develop solutions. Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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The Supreme Court of the United States heard oral arguments a week ago in Howell v Howell. This case addresses the split between the states in how a military retirement is divided during a divorce. For most military families, the retirement is the single most valuable asset they own. They may own little more than that. This is a very important issue that will affect spouses and minor children of the family. Where the problem lies is with those Judgments of Divorce that divided the retirement during an earlier divorce and where, after the divorce, the spouse elects disability pay that either reduces significantly or that completely eliminates the property. Continue reading
Posted Mar 27, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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Erin Lincoln, Legal Director-Assistant Friend of the Court in the Wayne County Friend of the Court Office has alerted to a child support Warrant Amnesty Program. Learn the details here. Continue reading
Posted Mar 11, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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The topic of how old a child should be before a parent leaves the child home alone has continued for the past ten years to be the most frequently researched and read on my blog Updates in Family Law. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at UPDATES IN MICHIGAN FAMILY LAW
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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 Feb 18, 2017 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