Detroit Man Facing Serious Child Support Woes

The child support system in Michigan can be an imperfect one. A clerical error or false information often makes victims out of perfectly innocent men or women. This is a lesson that a Detroit man is learning as he works through a debacle that has him owing the state $30,000 for a child that he did not father. Read more

Children of Divorce

As prevalent as it is today, divorce is a relatively common way of life. The Michigan State University Extension recently released an article that highlighted data revealing that, in 2011, 3.6 per 1,000 marriages ended in divorce. Here in Michigan, that number was right around the average at 3.4 per every thousand. Read more

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Grandparent Visitation – Don’t Ask for it until it’s been Denied!

Michigan law allows grandparents to seek court-ordered visitation with their grandchildren under limited grounds. The court gives significant deference to a fit parent’s decision not to allow visitation, but if a grandparent can get their foot in the door it is possible to successfully argue a grandparent visitation case. One of the first hurdles is demonstrating an “actual denial” of visitation. Read more

Uniform Collaborative Law Act

On May 1st I went to Lansing to testify on behalf of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act (“UCLA”). I testified in my role as President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan (“CPIM”). The UCLA has been passed in seven states and the District of Columbia. It is currently pending in eight states, including Michigan. Read more

Mediation in Unique Circumstances

On April 25 and 26 of this year, I took 16 hours of advanced mediation training regarding adult guardianship/elder care issues. It was a fascinating training. It was designed to help families where the parent or parents are having difficulties. It may be simply difficulties associated with old age all the way to situations where parents were virtually totally incapacitated with Alzheimer’s or other end-of-life diseases. Read more

Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan

Last month I went to Lansing as President of the Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan which is the statewide organization for Collaborative professionals. I was there to testify in support of the Uniform Collaborative Law Act. Three of us attended the State Senate Judiciary Committee meeting prepared to testify but our lobbyists informed us that we had all the votes we needed to pass the Judiciary Committee of the Senate. Read more

New Legislation may make joining the Bar Association Discretionary

In writing for this blog we generally stay nonpolitical. There are number of reasons for staying nonpolitical, but there is one subject which I am compelled to include in my turn to add to our firm blog.

There is currently legislation in Lansing to make joining the Bar Association discretionary. Currently, in order to legally practice law in Michigan you have to be a member in good standing with the Michigan Bar Association. Read more

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The 2013 Tax Season: Information for Divorced or Separated Parents Re: Dependency and Child Tax Credits

The 2013 tax season is upon us, which often brings a spike in court filings involving questions and confusion over what parent can claim what child as a dependency exemption and what child tax credits may be claimed and by whom.

The IRS issued Tax Guide 2013—Publication 17 (in English and Spanish) in November 2013, which is a 288-page document that provides valuable information for filers in search of clarity on who can claim whom and for what.  Read more