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Personal Protection Order Results in Supervised Parenting Time

Parents behaving badly in family court; happens all the time.  When your family life is placed in the public arena of family court, pressures can mount; not everyone handles the pressure with poise or grace. But some folks are just plain mean. When they make threats to a co-parent, injunctions can issue from the court […]

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Divorce Judgment Can Obligate Parent to Pay For College

Last week, the Michigan Court of Appeals reviewed the language of a divorce judgment from the Kent County Family Court. The issue presented to the appeals court was whether certain language contained in a consent judgment -addressing how the parents would pay for their children’s college expenses-was enforceable. In Holmes v Holmes, the Court of […]

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New Laws Clarify Paternity and Embrace DNA Testing

Last month, just before the holidays, Governor Rick Snyder signed several tie-barred bills into law dealing with paternity and the rules establishing paternity in the county family courts of Michigan.  The statute, officially known as the Genetic Parentage Act, adopts DNA testing and streamlines the procedure for establishing paternity in the family court. According to […]

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Significant Court of Appeals’ Family Law Decisions in 2014

Every year there are multiple family law decisions the contribute to the jurisprudence of Michigan’s family law. There are too many decisions to summarize here in this blog post. Therefore, we have summarized the ones we feel are the most significant to our readers, colleagues and client prospects. Most of the decisions referenced in this […]

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