Same-Sex Adoption Upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court

Posted on March 9, 2016
On March 7, 2016, the United States Supreme Court unanimously reversed an Alabama Supreme Court ruling that refused to recognize a Georgia adoption and denied parental rights to a same-sex parent. VL v EL, 577 US ____ (2016). Previous to the Alabama Supreme Court... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Fit Parent Presumption Upheld In Grandparenting Time Case

Posted on March 4, 2015
“Fit parents” have a constitutionally guaranteed liberty interest in raising their children as they see fit. Grandparents, on the other hand, have no constitutionally protected interests regarding the upbringing of their grandchildren. Therefore, when a “fit parent” denies a grandparent the opportunity to visit... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Bill Proposes To Decriminalize Possession Of An Ounce or Less of Marihuana

Posted on February 16, 2015
Two bills were introduced recently in the State Senate that would amend both the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the Public Health Code. One bill proposes to further limit the rights of those protected under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act, while the other increases... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

New Michigan Law Seeks To Prevent Child Abduction

Posted on January 19, 2015
The “Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act” is one of several new acts signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder on January 12, 2015. As the name implies, the purpose of the act is to prevent the abduction of children, more specifically, of those children... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

4 Things Every Unmarried Couple Living Together Should Know: Your Assets May Not Be Protected

Posted on January 14, 2015
A recent unpublished Court of Appeals opinion serves as a cautionary tale for cohabitating couples: mere commitment to a long-term relationship will not provide asset protection when the relationship ends. Breininger v Huntley, unpublished opinion per curiam of the Court of Appeals, issued November... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Court Awards Ex-Wife Deceased Husband’s Pension Benefits

Posted on September 9, 2014
As if there are not enough reasons for a woman to dislike her husband’s ex-wife, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently gave Pauline Ruff one more good reason. In Ruff v Ruff, 2014 WL 3704903 (July 24, 2014), the court awarded the pension benefits... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Remarriage/Cohabitation May Impact Spousal Support

Posted on June 10, 2014
When couples are in the midst of divorce proceedings, the idea of a future marriage may be far from their minds. Yet, a recent opinion by the Michigan Court of Appeals, explains the effect remarriage or cohabitation could have on future payments of spousal... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Who’s Your Daddy? The Answer Might Surprise You

Posted on February 24, 2014
According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, DNA may have nothing to do with answering the question: Who’s your daddy? In a split opinion, the Court’s majority upheld a lower court decision denying the legal designation of paternity to a child’s biological father in... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

A “Weighty” Issue: When a Child’s Weight Becomes a Factor in Custody

Posted on March 27, 2013
Adults aren’t the only Americans struggling with an ever-expanding waistline. For years, obesity has been on the rise in our children (see the most recent CDC statistics) and is a focal point of Michelle Obama’s well-publicized “Let’s Move” campaign. In recent years, the battle... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law

Parenting Time and Travel Considerations in a Mobile Society

Posted on March 1, 2013
Nearly half of all marriages will end in divorce. As our society becomes increasingly mobile, the need to address long-distance parenting time becomes progressively more common. When dealing with a divorce where the parties will live and work in different states, there are many... CONTINUE READING
CATEGORY: Family Law