Families & Children Blogs & Articles

Divorcing parents don’t always have to sort through their issues in court

When divorcing spouses do not see eye-to-eye, children involved often get caught in the cross-hairs. While husband and wife may be at odds over a variety of topics, dealing with child custody and parenting plans often become the primary battles. Read more

Child Support Woes

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

Effect of Divorce on Children

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

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

Child Support Options in the Collaborative Process

Whenever there are minor children one issue that must be addressed, whether a case is collaborative or not, is child-support. Obviously it costs money to raise children.

In the litigation realm generally the information requested by the Michigan Child Support Foundation (i.e. incomes, tax status, overnights, medical insurance for children, and childcare) is put into the state approved software and a for child support number is generated. This number reduces as each child reaches age eighteen or graduates from high school, whichever is later. Also there is a formula for paying children’s medical expenses. Read more

Grandparent Visitation – Who has rights?

In Michigan, a grandparent may seek a court order for visitation with their grandchildren under one of the following circumstances: (1) an action for divorce, separate maintenance or annulment involving the child’s parents is pending before the court; (2) the child’s parents are divorced, separated under a judgment of separate maintenance or have had their marriage annulled; Read more

Revocation of Paternity Act Significantly Changes Standing for Alleged Fathers

On June 12, 2012, the Revocation of Paternity Act (RPA) was enacted, which changes standing for a potential biological father seeking to revoke an acknowledgment of parentage from what it was in the Acknowledgment of Parentage Act (APA).  Issues regarding standing in paternity cases have been a source of much attention because they involve questions of whether a biological father’s rights are inviolate compared to the “rights” of an equitable father or, even, the rights and best interests of the child at issue.  Read more