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Monday, June 29, 2020

Is Michigan the Home State to Get a Custody Order For a Child?


Going through a divorce can be stressful. There may be several matters to resolve related to domestic support, children, and property division, depending on the couple’s circumstances. Parties who want to avoid a trial may choose divorce mediation to settle these matters. With the help of a 


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Friday, June 19, 2020

Can You Kidnap Your Own Child?


Parental kidnapping is a crime in the state of Michigan. The other parent can call the police or contact the prosecuting attorney and request that the parent who refuses to allow the parenting time gets charged with the crime of parental kidnapping.

These cases tend to be high-conflict, so you might not want to handle these allegations on your own without a lawyer. A


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020

How Do I Find An Affordable Divorce Lawyer?


The question of how much a divorce will cost is one of the biggest concerns that many people have when faced with the possibility that the marriage might be over.  There are several costs involved in a divorce: the emotional toll, the division of property and debts, potential alimony or spousal support or child support.  Those costs are beyond the scope of this blog and are addressed throughout my website and in previous blogs.  Today I am addressing the issue of attorney fees.

If you have a relatively simple divorce matter and you and your spouse appear to be in agreement about how to handle custody and parenting time or how to divide your property and move forward, then you should be able to find an affordable divorce lawyer.


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Friday, May 1, 2020

Zoom and Court Proceedings in Michigan During Corona Virus Quarantine


While the governor has extended the stay home, stay safe executive order, some of the courts are now proceeding with hearings by Zoom.  This is true in at least Macomb and Wayne Counties.

How will I know if my hearing is going to proceed by Zoom?

Typically, the court will send out notice to all parties, including the attorneys and the actual people involved in the case.  IF you have not received notice and your case is scheduled for a hearing before May 15, 2020, the current quarantine deadline, then you should call the judge's clerk and attempt to contact the court.  If you cannot contact the court by phone, then you should file at the very least a notice that you are not appearing at the hearing because of the executive order and you have not received notice otherwise.


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Thursday, April 16, 2020

Corporal Punishment and Physical Discipline of Children and Divorce, Custody & Parenting Time in Michigan


The right to parent one's child is a constitutional right that the court's take very seriously.  However, if a parent chooses to use corporal punishment or physically discipline a child, that parent is taking certain risks.  I advise my client's against using corporal punishment with their child.  If they are facing a divorce, custody or parenting time legal case and they have used it in the past, I advise them to immediately stop and take some parenting classes in preparation for the litigation.

Can Corporal Punishment or Physically Disciplining a Child Cause a Change of Custody or Parenting Time?

The recent case of Brown v Brown, addressed this issue in the context of divorce and domestic violence.


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Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Does Marijuana Use Affect Child Custody Decisions in Michigan?


Many factors influence child custody decisions in Michigan. In some cases, a spouse might allege that a parent’s habits, activities, or lifestyle could harm a child if that parent were granted custody of the child.


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Sunday, April 12, 2020

Happy Easter!: North Oakland Michigan Divorce Lawyer's Suggestions for What to Do With the Kids During the Quarantine.


This blog is usually written from a more impersonal point of view. The intent is to provide up-to-date information about family law; a term used to describe the area of law that handles divorce, custody, parenting time, alimony, prenuptial and post-divorce issues. However, it is Easter today and I, like most people in Oakland County, Michigan have been working remotely or are not working at all without much social or physical activity. So I thought I would share how my family has been coping with this weird reality.

My kids attend school at the Rochester Area Community Schools which has valiantly met with the challenges posed by this virus.


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Saturday, April 4, 2020

Divorce, Custody, Parenting TIme and Support Mediation Using Zoom or Facetime in Michigan


The Corona Virus has caused the courts to basically shut down for all purposes except to handle matters that involve essential functions or that are required to sustain or carry-on life.  This means that many people in Michigan who would like to file for divorce or who have already divorced but have parenting time or other post-divorce issues have been left in limbo.

Is There Anything That I Can Do Now Regarding my Divorce, Support or Custody Issues?

A group of family law attorneys in Oakland County, Michigan have been discussing how to help the public with theses issues during the Covid 19 outbreak.  One solution that I am able to offer to the public is my mediation services.  I can do this by utilizing Zoom or Facetime to conduct the mediation.


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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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