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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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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...

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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.

Weird Things People Fight over in a Divorce

Posted on December 14, 2013
Weird Things People Fight over in a Divorce. A PPT presentation by Karon Leigh Washburn Rowden.

Business Valuation | Double-Dipping Issues in COA Decision

Posted on December 13, 2013
The Michigan Court of Appeals ["COA"] yesterday decided a case involving some interesting issues: business valuation, spousal support, double-dipping, property distribution, attorney fee award, and spousal support. The COA affirmed the trial court.

Return to the Night Shift Grounds for Change in Custody

Posted on December 11, 2013
In a recent case, the trial court held that the overall change in the children?s home environment because of the father's return to the midnight shift had a significant effect on the children?s well-being so that the mother could get over the hurdle imposed by Vodvarka v Grasmeyer...

Divorce or Separation Action Brought by Conservator

Posted on November 13, 2013
A divorce or separate maintenance action can be initiated in cases where elderly spouses are not living together (or are living very unhappily together) and one of the parties is suffering from dementia. Lack of competency to file for divorce is an issue--one that I'm afraid will arise more frequently given the advancing age of Baby Boomers.

Children in Limbo | Young Parents Without Money Fight Unjust Taking

Posted on November 03, 2013
A primary purpose of the UCCJEA is to prevent parents and third parties from benefiting from self help. In a recent Michigan Court of Appeals case, the COA affirmed the trial court's vacating of a custody order in the grandparents. But by this time, the child, an infant when she was taken, had been out of her mother's custody for five years.

Tools to Help Kids Whose Parents are in Jail or Prison

Posted on October 29, 2013
Ann Adalist-Estrin, Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families, and others worked with Sesame Street to develop materials for its "Little Children, Big Challenges" series on the topic of incarcerated parents. The materials can be accessed online.

Divorce, Bankruptcy & Discharge of Marital Debt

Posted on October 28, 2013
The 6th Circuit decided that it's not OK to engage in creative debt re-structuring in a judgment of divorce in an unpublished, but instructive case.

Jurisdiction to make Initial Child Custody Determination

Posted on October 25, 2013
Haffaker v Huffaker is a child custody dispute involving grandparents with a guardianship in Wayne County and parents who divorced in Utah . . . child born in Utah . . . presented the Court of Appeals (COA) with a unique opportunity to explain how to determine which state has subject matter jurisdiction to make the initial child custody determination.

Michigan Supreme Court Grants Leave in In re AJR

Posted on October 24, 2013
On October, 23, 2013, the Michigan Supreme Court granted leave in the case In re AJR. This is a step-parent adoption case that has important ramifications for relative adoptions.

Facebook Alteration Leads to Perjury Charge

Posted on October 09, 2013
Christine Paige Borrowdale will never win a Mother of the Year award. What did she do? In an attempt to get her boyfriend acquitted of abuse of her 16-year-old son, she allegedly created false Facebook postings. She now faces a warrant for perjury and tampering with evidence.

Emergency Removal of a Foster Child

Posted on August 07, 2013
What procedures are available for emergency removal of a foster child, if requested by the foster parents? How quickly must the agency respond? What legal procedural safeguards must be followed?

Device to Help Diagnose ADHD Approved by FDA

Posted on July 17, 2013
The FDA has approved a device that works like an EEG measures brain waves to assess attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in children and adolescents.

OK to Fire a Woman for Being too Attractive

Posted on July 15, 2013
The Iowa supreme court says it's OK to fire a woman who is doing a great job, but who is so attractive that a married boss wants to have sex with her. A married dentist, James Knight, fired his employee...

Iowa High It's OK to Fire an Employee Who

Posted on July 13, 2013
Iowa Supreme Court OKs firing attractive people.

Drop in HPV Follows Introduction of Vaccine

Posted on June 20, 2013
Studies show a decrease in the incidence of HPV strains 6, 11, 16 and 18 since the vaccine has been released.

Right of First Refusal | Does this Work for Parents?

Posted on June 06, 2013
Having a ?Right of First Refusal? in your custody and parenting time order is a guarantee that if a parent cannot provide care for children during his or her parenting time, they must give the other parent the right to do so before hiring a child care provider--a babysitter or a family member.

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