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COVID-19 and Parenting Time

March 24, 2020 To Our Clients, Colleagues, and Friends: Effective today, Governor Whitmer Executive Order 2020-21 (COVID-19) takes effect which requires all non-essential workers as defined in the Order, to Stay Home Stay Safe for the next three weeks at least, starting at midnight on March 23, 2020  COVID-19 and parenting time? The Executive Order [..]

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Court Closure

The Wayne County Circuit Court issued a press release on March 13, 2020 that provided the following regarding Court Closure. Detroit, MI – The Chief Judge, acting pursuant to MCR 8.110(C)(2)(c) and (3)(C) and recognizing the states of emergency declared by the President and the Governor, hereby orders that the Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan (Third [..]

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Court and Coronavirus

Court and Cornavius Impact: The Michigan Supreme Court is recommending that local courts postpone jury trials in light of the state’s first confirmed cases of coronavirus.  The recommendation comes after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer declared a state of emergency to slow the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Supreme Court recommends that court administrators [..]

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Change of Circumstances or Proper Cause

Some time has passed since the entry of your last custody and parenting time Order.   You now want to change parenting time but are not sure how accomplish the change.  It is well understood that child custody, parenting time and child support are always modifiable until the child reaches the age of 18. However, the [..]

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Michigan Family Law: Back to School

It is about that time of year whereby  parents are involved with back to school shopping and tracking down the ever growing list of back to school supplies.   In a few weeks the children will be back in school to meet new teachers, friends and to adjust to a different routine.  The transition back to [..]

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Michigan Divorce, should I keep the home?

Michigan Divorce, should I keep the home? As a Michigan Divorce attorney, a common question that I receive from our clients is should I keep the marital home?  The answer that I usually provide is that I am not trying to be evasive but the answer to that question depends on numerous factors. A house [..]

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Michigan Parenting Time

Michigan Parenting Time How can you as a parent help your child(ren) with the separation from either a divorce or a relationship breakup?  The following is intended to be a general guideline and not an exhaustive list of potential issues that occur with Michigan Parenting Time. Michigan Parenting Time: Life Changes. A major cause of [..]

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Michigan Child Custody

  By: Robert J. Stelmock, Divorce Attorney & Mediator at Stelmock Law Firm, PC There are few things more stressful and emotionally fraught than a child custody or parenting time case. As a parent, you are worried about being able to protect your rights to see and care for your children. Unfortunately, Michigan’s child custody [..]

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Guardian Ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litem: what are they? A Guardian Ad Litem, also known as GAL, is someone designated by a Judge to investigate and represent the best interests of a child.  The court, if it determines that the minor’s interests are inadequately represented, may appoint a lawyer– GAL MCL 722.24(2). The role of the lawyer–GAL is [..]

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Divorce in Michigan

Residency Requirements: If you are seeking a Divorce in Michigan there are residency requirements which must be met to file for divorce in Michigan. In order to file for divorce in Michigan, the individual filing the complaint for divorce, or that persons spouse, must have resided in the state of Michigan for at least six [..]

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