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Passport Denied When Parent Owes Support Arrears

You are a non-custodial parent planning a vacation to Cancun with your kids. Your passport has lapsed and you apply for a new one, along with your children. Instead of receiving your passport, you get a letter from the Secretary of State denying your applications. Why? Because you owe more than $2500 in child support, […]

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Law Firms Going Paperless, Slowly

Slowly but surely. That cliche best describes the pace at which area law firms are eliminating the paper clutter from their law offices. As Southeast Michigan touts innovations such as “Automation Alley”, the sluggish pace of paper elimination is frustrating to many legal practitioners. Colorado and a handful of other states already have state-wide paperless […]

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Oakland Sheriff's Marine Division Downsizing

You had to see this coming. In this era of government funding shortfalls, and given Brooks Patterson’s ever watchful budgetary eye, the Oakland County Sheriff’s Marine Division takes a funding hit. Watercraft enthusiasts using Oakland County’s many navigable lakes have all seen the Sheriff’s white runabouts (with blue flashing stem-light) patrolling the county waterways on […]

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Divorce in the NFL

Maximum temptation; continuous travel; lots of money. These are just some of the factors that contribute to the excessive divorce-rate among players in the NFL. There are no solid statistics, but an unofficial poll along with anecdotal evidence puts the divorce-rate for NFL players at 70% according to a recent NYT article; significantly higher than […]

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Divorce and Facebook: Privacy Be Gone

Is there any privacy among partners in a marriage; among parties to a divorce proceeding? In this web 2.0 era, some people are their own worst enemies. Photos or statements posted on social media sites lose all aspects of privacy. Deleting the post does not remove it from cyberspace. The Internet is resource-rich terrain for […]

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Child Custody & the 100-Mile Rule

The Michigan Legislature long-ago codified the rules of divorce in the Child Custody Act. One of the provisions in the Act addresses when one parent proposes to move: “a parent of a child whose custody is governed by court order shall not change a legal residence of the child to a location that is more […]

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Oakland Prosecutor Quits Sobriety Courts and Rejects "Impaired" Pleas

Jessica Cooper has demonstrated a top-down command structure since taking over the prosecutor’s office in January. One of the commands from the top is that first-time drunk drivers are no longer offered the customary plea reduction to operating while “impaired”. This new policy may result in unnecessary jury trials. Having an Operating While Intoxicated (OWI) […]

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Driving While Distracted by Cell Phone

Has the time come for drivers to give-up cell phones while operating their vehicles? In Michigan, more municipalities and jurisdictions are saying, “maybe”. The cell phone lobby, however, says, “not yet”, and continues to block state-wide cell phone bans. Despite the efficiencies achieved by the now-ubiquitous cell phone, Royal Oak, Southfield and other jurisdictions have […]

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Michigan Senate Seeks to Abolish Adultery as Felony

State Senator Ron Jelinek (R – Berrien County) has introduced a bill in Lansing to abolish adultery as a crime. The bill, which has a companion in the Michigan House, has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill, expected to be presented for the Governor’s signature sometime during this legislative session, could become […]

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