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Sunday, March 29, 2020

Update: Corona Virus & Parenting Time In Michigan Under the March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order


On Friday, March 27, 27, 2020, I had the opportunity to be part of a zoom conference about family law and specifically parenting time in Michigan while the Stay Home, Stay Safe Order due to the Corona Virus is in effect.  There were several judges, friend of the court referees and divorce lawyers from across the state included in the conference.  There is no set law at this time, but it appears that the general consensus is parenting time should happen as folows.



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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Interstate Parenting Time Under the March 23, 2020 Stay Home, Stay Safe Order: Should I Put My Child On A Plane?


The Corona Virus has caused an enormous amount of disruption with all aspects of life in Michigan.  This includes limited access to the legal system, however courts are still allowing attorneys to file motions and are authorized to hear motions for essential functions and as necessary to maintain daily life.  This time of year with spring break coming up, many parents have questions about whether they are required to put the kids on a plane for court ordered parenting time with a noncustodial parent that lives in another state or whether they should do so to return the child to a custodial parent in another state after parenting time here in Michigan.

Today I was on a zoom conference with a panel of judges, friend of the court referees and family law attorneys discussing this very issue.  Unfortunately this situation is new for everyone involved but there did appear to be a consensus.
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Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Can I Lose Custody of My Child If They Refuse to See My Ex?


There could be many reasons your child may resist visitation with his or her other parent. As children grow older, they may prefer to socialize with their peers instead of visiting their other parent. Younger children may be hesitant to spend the night in another home. Children may also dislike step-parents or step-siblings. Whatever the reason might be, you should discuss your situation with a


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Sunday, February 16, 2020

Seven Tips for Co-parenting During the School Year Following a Divorce


Co-parenting can be difficult for parents who are married. However, when parents divorce, co-parenting can become more of a challenge. Children have two “homes” that might have two sets of rules. During the school year, a child can suffer if parents are not able to work together to provide stability and support. Working with an experienced Michigan child custody attorney to develop a parenting plan that provides structure and continuity for a child can be extremely beneficial for the child and the parents.


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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

5 Factors that Could Affect Your Michigan Custody Battle


Custody cases can be some of the most difficult family court cases that judges have to decide in Michigan. Both parents believe they know what is best for their child, but the court must determine what is in the best interest of the child based on several factors. The judge can consider any factors that the judge determines to be relevant to determining the best interest of the child. Therefore, it is important to work with an experienced


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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Were You Blindsided By Your Spouse Filing For Divorce?


Q: My Spouse Filed For Divorce and I Was Completely Blind-sided.  What Do I Do?

I am sure that it feels like your world is coming apart right now and that everything that matters to you is falling apart.  Call your friends and family to talk about it.  Take deep breaths and concentrate on your breathing when you feel completely overwhelmed.  Consider consulting with a counselor, psychiatrist or social worker.


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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Will A Court in Michigan Order Parenting Time (Visitation) at the Discretion of One Parent?


Custody and parenting time, which is sometimes referred to as child visitation in other states, is often the most difficult aspect of any divorce case.  These issues can be even more complicated where the prospective parents were not married and may have had only a casual dating relationship before the pregnancy.  In such situations, given the stressful nature of pregnancy, often


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Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Will a Divorce Court Order a Child to Get Vaccinations?


In recent years, Oakland County Michigan divorce attorneys often hear about cases where divorced or divorcing parents disagree about whether their child or children should be given various vaccinations.  Where the parents are still married it is clear that neither parent can force the other parent to have the child vaccinated.
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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Considering Getting Divorced After the Holidays in Michigan?


Q: I Am Thinking About Filing For Divorce After the Holidays.  Is There Anything I Should Do Now?

When you’re getting divorced in Michigan, there can be many different issues to resolve.


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Monday, December 2, 2019

Can a Move or Job Change Cause a Change in Custody or Parenting Time?


Q: Can a Parent's Move or Job Change Cause a Change in Custody or Parenting Time?

If you’re considering getting divorced in Michigan, and you have minor children, custody and/or parenting time can be a very difficult issue.  Even after the divorce itself is over custody or parenting time may change over the years until the children reach the age of eighteen.
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Sunday, October 27, 2019

Lost Sole Custody of Your Children? Four Ways to Regain Your Child Custody Rights


It can be devastating for a parent to lose custody of his or her children. The parent may go through the stages of grief after the court ruling, including denial, anger, and depression. Before giving up hope, talk to a
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