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Parenting Tips for the Holidays

This is a seasonal re-post from last December.  The suggestions apply to divorced or separated families this time of the year. Often, tensions escalate over the holidays as divorced parents struggle with the demands of scheduling the children to accommodate two households.  Holiday schedules are already difficult without the complications of a divorce judgment or […]

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Prosecutorial Misconduct in Medical Marijuana Case

Paul Heminger admittedly grew nearly two-dozen (22 to be exact) marijuana plants on his property in Alger County, Michigan.  At trial, during her closing arguments, Alger County prosecutor, Karen Bahrman, criticized the medical marijuana law and attacked the credibility of the Alger Hemp Coalition, the organization which a defense witness belonged. Specifically, Ms. Bahrman told […]

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Wrongfully Convicted Via Eyewitness Misidentification

According to the Innocence Project, misidentification is the leading cause of wrongful convictions. This statistic is important to criminal defense lawyers of my half-century vintage. This is because our careers in law spanned the decades in which DNA and other critical forensic technological advances were developed, implemented, and now constitute standard procedure. The Innocence Project […]

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Lesbian Mom Prevails Under Equitable Parenting Doctrine

Laura Stiles and Cheryl Flowers were in a long-term same-sex relationship; they held a commitment ceremony to memorialize this relationship back in 2005. Defendant Flowers was the agreed upon biological mother of the couple’s two children; they utilized an anonymous sperm donor. Prior to the birth of the children, this couple executed a cohabitation and […]

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Stoned Driving Gets Legislative Attention

Social acceptance and decriminalization has equated to more people getting behind the wheel after they have consumed marijuana.  However, unlike alcohol, there is no standard measurement to determine whether someone has had “too much” weed while operating a motor vehicle; if blood is drawn and there is any THC, the active ingredient of pot, then […]

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Digital Assets and Estate Planning

Times have changed.  In 2014, we now live in a fully digital world; computers are literally everywhere. Technology changes faster than we can keep up with, and we may not realize how that can affect our estate. Twenty years ago, computers were giant machines kept in ventilated rooms; there was no Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, PayPal, […]

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Military Mom Loses Custody in Court of Appeals

Here is a tough choice: to serve your country through military service, or to continue being the primary care provider for your preschooler.  That is the decision a Wayne County mother had to make recently as she contemplated her options in family court. In 2007, the Child Custody Act was amended by our state legislature […]

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