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Joint Custody Bill Debate Hits Grand Rapids

Child custody matters are incredibly sensitive during a divorce. As divorce attorneys, we know there can enormous benefits to parents reaching agreement through Collaborative Divorce, but sometimes litigation is necessary. A judge’s custody determining is often challenged later on as life situations change and parents’ views on their children’s best interests vary.

Proposed Michigan legislation, however, would change the system and create a presumptive 50/50 child custody split. House Bill 4691, the Michigan Shared Parenting Act, passed a House Panel earlier this summer and lawmakers are now trying to send it to the house floor. Recently, a town hall was held in Grand Rapids to invite community discussion on the bill. Read more

Controversial Mandatory Joint Custody Law Passes House Panel

Potential new legislation, aiming to drastically change Michigan child custody laws, recently passed the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. We recently shared introductory information on the bill, which is sponsored by Rep. Jim Runestad, R- White Lake. Now that it has passed the Judiciary Committee, the bill still must make it through the full State House, Senate, and be signed by Governor Snyder to become law.

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Potential Custody Changes Coming to Michigan

Typically, one of the most sensitive issues during a divorce involves children, both custody and support. We believe in helping all parents with forward-looking guidance to achieve what is best for the long-term wellbeing of children, even in the most complex of cases. Read more

Is Divorce And Excuse For Embezzlement?

Shannon Schelling first got caught embezzling money in Mecosta County, north of Grand Rapids, back in 2003. She was again caught embezzling from a different West Michigan company in 2009. She is now on trial for a third case of embezzlement from a third company. The difference in her recent case is that she is now using divorce and child custody as a plea for leniency. Read more

Detroit area woman fights sperm donor for child custody

Child custody cases can be complex even for traditional marriages. These matters become more convoluted when the case features sub plots that land within gray areas of divorce law.

Take, for instance, the current case of a Metro Detroit woman. The 44-year-old lesbian has found herself fighting for custody and for the status as legal parent of her three children. Read more