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New Domestic Violence Law in Family Court Mediations

Last month, Governor Rick Snyder signed HB 4476 which outlines standards for mediators relative to domestic violence. This new law requires the domestic relations mediator to, “make reasonable inquiry as to whether either party has a history of a coercive or violent relationship with the other party.” In Oakland County, all divorce cases are required […]

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What If You Can’t Afford Fines & Costs?

Debtor’s Prison apparently has been eliminated in Michigan following a significant change to the applicable court rule. Now, prior to sending a convicted defendant to jail for failing to pay fines and court costs, defendants have an opportunity to establish a “manifest hardship”. The process to assist indigent criminal defendants started two years ago and […]

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