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Updates in Michigan Family Law is a blawg written by Traverse City, Michigan family lawyer Jeanne M. Hannah. Jeanne explores developing Michigan law, and also the following topics of interest: divorce, custody, child support, paternity, domestic abuse, and adoption issues.\r\n\r\n

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Networking | Essential for the Successful Lawyer

Posted on July 21, 2014
Conferences are important and are a great place to make face-to-face contact with other lawyers who may refer work to you.


New Revocation of Parentage Act | What New Rights are Created?

Posted on July 19, 2014
On June 12, 2012, Public Act 159 of 2012 because effective as law in Michigan regarding the revocation of parentage by various persons given standing and under certain terms and conditions.


Protecting a Client's Confidential Information

Posted on July 18, 2014
I never (and I mean never) blind copy a client on email correspondence to opposing counsel. The danger is to high that a client may accidentally hit "Reply All" when commenting on the content of the email. If that happens, then the client's confidential attorney-client communication will be sent to opposing counsel...


Child Developmental Stages & Parenting Time Plans

Posted on July 16, 2014
My favorite resource for developing a parenting time plan that is developmentally sensitive is "Planning for Parenting Time: Arizona's Guide for Parents Living Apart." Arizona encourages parents to develop their own parenting time plan and, in the process of doing that, to consider the developmental needs of their children.


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Dads Matter: Dads are Indispensible

Posted on July 15, 2014
Dads Matter: Dads are Indispensible. So says the author of a new book titled "What Science Is Telling Us About the Parent We've Overlooked" by Paul Raeburn.


?Good to Go? (and Return!) Part 3: Planning and Prevention

Posted on July 07, 2014
This article by Mark E. Sullivan concludes a three-part series about child custody and deployment issues with a prescription for avoiding disaster by crafting the court?s custody order with an eye to the future and a plan for who gets custody when the military member is absent.


?Good to Go? (and Return!) Part 2: The Sailor and the Perfect Storm

Posted on July 04, 2014
Despite good planning, many military custody cases hit a ?bump in the road? and overturn. Sometimes there?s good planning, and sometimes there?s NO planning. The results ? which usually involve the absence of the military custodian with no legal back-up custodian outside of the other parent ? lead to heartbreak, surprise, legal expenses, and sometimes child endangerment...


UPDATE: Time-out Called in Servicemember's Custody Action

Posted on June 23, 2014
While I was still "in press" on this Blog today, I missed an update to the Matthew Hindes' case. Matthew Catchick, a family law attorney in Southfield, Michigan, posted a link to a Detroit Free Press article on the State Bar of Michigan Family Law Listserv that is highly relevant to this case.


?Good to Go? (and Return!) Part 1: Unraveling the Rules

Posted on June 23, 2014
This is Part I of an article about military parents who have sole or primary custody, and how military absences can affect their custody orders and their military family care plans. The first section of the article will cover the ground rules for protecting and advising a military custodian as to mobilization, sea duty, deployments, and other military absences.


Servicemember Left Child with Step-Mother & Now Threatened with Contempt / Loss of Custody

Posted on June 23, 2014
Matthew Hindes, a father and U.S. Navy sailor on active duty and stationed on a submarine in the Pacific Ocean has been ordered by a Michigan judge to appear in court or he could lose custody of his daughter, and be arrested for contempt. Hindes requested a stay of the hearing for 90 days under the "Servicemembers Civil Relief Act," cited also by his commanders...


Legal Writing in Plain English

Posted on June 13, 2014
For the family lawyers who read my blog, here's a hat tip to Bryan A. Garner, writing in the ABA Journal on the topic of how important it is to pay attention to detail when drafting motions and briefs to be submitted to a court.


Access to Wayne County, MI Civil Status Conference Scheduling Orders

Posted on May 22, 2014
The 3rd Judicial Circuit has developed a new way for you to access the Civil Status Conference Scheduling Orders through the Public Case Search function on the 3rdcc.org website.


HIPPA Authorization | A Fillable PDF Form

Posted on May 20, 2014
See Jeanne's Toolbox for a splendid HIPPA Authorization form. It's a PDF fillable form.


Celebration! Practical and Humorous Advice for Practicing Lawyers

Posted on May 19, 2014
Judge Kozinski will teach you how to lose an appeal. Titled ?The Wrong Stuff,? here?s Judge Kozinski?s lecture delivered at Brigham Young University Reuben Clark School of Law on January 21, 1992.


Google to Remove Links to "Embarrassing Personal Information"

Posted on May 13, 2014
The European Union's highest court decided on Tuesday that Google must allow users of its search engine a right to delete links about themselves in some cases. This would include removal of links to legal records.


When Older Folks Cohabit--Protecting Assets & Social Security

Posted on April 27, 2014
OlderSome older couples who cohabit rather than marry reach that decisionin order to protect their children?s inheritances. Others decide against marriage in order to avoid the risk of having to cover long-term care and other medical costs often incurred by the elderly...


Bitter Litigant Trashes Divorce Lawyers | Fair Indictment?

Posted on March 21, 2014
Divorce Corp purports to expose a "corrupt" system. "Divorce Corp" is a "documentary." Joseph Sorge was pretty steamed after a trial court judge ordered him to pay his ex-wife's attorney fees in a post-judgment child support modification. Sorge was ordered to pay $200,000 in legal fees for his ex-wife's attorney during and after a bitter child support modification motion...


Post-judgment Custody Modification

Posted on March 19, 2014
In this digital age, letting loose with digital messages (emails, text messages) or even letters disseminating information to third parties happens far too often in custody and parenting time matters. When are they going to learn? Facebook, MySpace and other intrusions upon privacy ...


International Child Abduction | 20/20 Report - Mother Abducts Two Boys

Posted on March 12, 2014
In a gripping report, NBC's 20/20 documents the abduction of two American children from the US to Slovakia. The children were born in American during the mother's marriages to two different men. One of the fathers successfully used social media to help get information who were located in France.


Military Families - Paying It Forward

Posted on March 09, 2014
Myles Eckert in an 8-year-old boy who lives with his mother and family near Toledo, Ohio. Myles' father was a soldier who was killed in Iraq when Miles was just five weeks old. Myles is a Gold Star kid whose family that pays it forward, a lesson Myles made clear to Lt...


Celebrate the Tenaciousness of Youth | About Minimum Mandatory Sentences

Posted on February 17, 2014
I read today in the Detroit Free Press about the efforts of a 16-year-old young woman, Matilyn Sarosi of Ann Arbor, who has just--with the help and guidance of others--submitted an amicus curiae brief to the Michigan Supreme Court. Sarosi's mentors support her convictions, emanating from her strong belief in social justice and the power of redemption.


Children's Exposure to Marijuana

Posted on February 12, 2014
study to be published by the Annals of Emergency Medicine shows that accidental exposures to marijuana among children under the age of have increased in states that have laws allowing liberalized access to marijuana.


Protection Orders Granted to Restrain Internet Harassment & Abuse

Posted on February 11, 2014
Use of Internet social media to embarrass a spurned spouse or lover is abuse warranting issuance of a protection order in many states.


Service of Process - U.S. Servicemembers

Posted on January 31, 2014
Unfortunately, separation and divorce affect U.S. Servicemembers as well as the pubic. Many military spouses lack the ability to retain legal counsel and may resort to a Do-It-Yourself Kit. I do not recommend this for many reasons. If a military spouse can afford counsel, counsel still has to make service of process on the SM.


Wilderness Camps | Dangerous Place for Troubled Teens

Posted on January 26, 2014
In a journal article recently published in The Michigan Child Welfare Journal, Professor Daniel Pollack and his colleagues explore the sinister side of various programs that are for so-called "troubled teens." Often costing $10,000/month or more, these programs offered stressed out parents a proffered "residential school" or "wilderness camp" environment in which their children are theoretically to receive therapy...


Texas Hospital Ordered to Remove Life Support from Pregnant Woman

Posted on January 25, 2014
In the saddest news articles I've read in a long time, a Fort Worth, Texas judge ordered a hospital to remove Marlise Muñoz, who is 22 months pregnant, from life support. The judge also ordered the hospital to pronounce Mrs....


Securing Payment of Legal Fees

Posted on January 23, 2014
Divorces, especially those having child custoday, parenting time and support issues can be complicated and also expensive. Lawyers are often, if not always, reluctant to extend credit. However, many clients, especially young people, don't have the ready cash or the...


DIY Divorce or Inexpensive Divorce Using One Lawyer

Posted on January 03, 2014
Can you really afford to Do It Yourself? Do you really know how to protect your interest in the following: Child Custody and Parenting Time Child Support Property Division Pension Rights Real Property Rights Intangibles Separate (Pre-marital) Property Spousal Support...


France: Divorce by Mutual Consent & No Judicial Action?

Posted on January 03, 2014
According to the Associated Press today, France is considering a process of divorce by mutual consent bypassing judicial oversight or intervention. France's Social Affairs Minister Dominique Bertinotti reports that more than half of divorces in France are uncontested...


Does a Tree Grow in Prison?

Posted on December 16, 2013
Stating that husband and wife showed ?an amazing display of chutzpah? in presenting evidence at the trial and in written statements of hiding money in order to avoid paying taxes on the income, Palm Beach County Judge Edward Garrison issued a written opinion in which he said the couple would just have to stay married.


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