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Posted: Mar 5, 2018, 2:15 PM
A trial court erroneously used a “preponderance of the evidence” standard to determine it was in the child’s best interest to change the established custodial arrangement, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a 2-1 decision that may create more confusion as to how to apply the burden in custody cases.
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Posted: Feb 27, 2018, 2:00 PM
Same-sex couple. Domestic partnership declared. Donor insemination contract. Two children born during the relationship. Domestic partnership terminated. Custody and parenting-time dispute.
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Posted: Feb 23, 2018, 11:30 AM
In this termination case, In re Jones, Minors, No. 336271, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) appealed the Oakland County Circuit Court’s order dismissing the petition to adjudicate and terminate the parental rights of the respondent-mother to her three minor children.
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Posted: Feb 20, 2018, 12:30 PM
In a case out of Oakland County, Elkins v Benner, Nos 331701, 332664, 333114, the plaintiff Elkins argued the alter-ego rule to make the defendant Nancy Benner, spouse, responsible for her ex-husband/disbarred attorneys’ failure to pay the agreed upon referral fee. The defendant filed a motion for summary disposition.
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Posted: Feb 13, 2018, 10:30 AM
The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit reversed the Middle District of Tennessee’s denial of defendant Circle C’s motion for attorney fees and sent the case back for an award of legal fees and expenses related to the trial and appeal of the government’s “excessive” damages demand. The case is United States ex rel. Wall v Circle C Construction, LLC, No. 16-6169 and is before the court for the third time.
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Posted: Feb 7, 2018, 12:55 PM
A defendant could not claim the mediation agreement he signed during his divorce proceedings was unenforceable based on perceived procedural mistakes when it was clear that he “simply regretted making the agreement,” the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jan 30, 2018, 10:30 AM
In the case of In re Conservatorship of Rhea Brody, No. 332994, the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA), affirmed the lower court’s appointment of a conservator over Rita Brody, an adult, under the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) MCL 700.5101 et seq.
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Posted: Jan 24, 2018, 10:30 AM
The case of Ray v Swager, No: 322766, came to the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) on remand from the Michigan Supreme Court. In the first appeal to the MCOA, Eric Swager appealed the trial court’s denial of his motion for summary disposition. The MCOA reversed the trial court’s decision and remanded for entry of summary disposition in Swager’s favor based on the conclusion that reasonable minds could not conclude that Swager was “the proximate cause” of plaintiff Ray’s injuries.
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Posted: Jan 18, 2018, 11:00 AM
Kevin Clark and Erica Kosinski had a child together. Their tumultuous relationship ended in a child custody dispute. During that time, Clark found listening devices and GPS tracking devices concealed in the child’s clothing during his parenting time.
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Posted: Jan 15, 2018, 12:00 PM
In In re Miller Minors, newborn twins were born at the hospital, where the mother surrendered them. As permitted by the statute, the mother (Surrendering Parent) did not identify the father. Pursuant to the statute, the hospital social worker attempted to learn as much as she could about both the surrendering parent and non-surrendering parent-again where the surrendering parent is not required to give any information. The hospital contacted an adoption agency, who placed the twins with prospective adoptive parents.
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Posted: Jan 9, 2018, 2:30 PM
A defendant must understand their plea before it can be entered in front of the court. With juveniles, MCR 3.941(C) says “the court shall tell the juvenile: the possible dispositions.” At a very basic level this means that the defendant must understand the consequences of what will come as a result of their plea.
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Posted: Jan 4, 2018, 11:00 AM
In the case of In re Detmer/Beaudry, Minor, No.336348, the two minor children, AB and KD, and their mother are members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians (the Tribe) and thus, when AB was “removed” from his mother, the special protections of the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act (MIFPA) applied. Because the trial court didn’t comply with those protections, the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) vacated the court’s order and remanded for further proceedings.
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Posted: Jan 2, 2018, 2:30 PM
In three consolidated cases, Hegadorn v DHHS, No. 329508, the court looked at the individual funding of long-term care under Medicaid deciding that assets placed by an institutionalized individual’s spouse into a “Solely for the Benefit of” Trust (“SBO Trust”) are countable assets for determining whether the institutionalized individual is eligible for Medicaid benefits.
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Posted: Dec 28, 2017, 11:30 AM
In the matter of In re B. Hadd, Minor, No: 337095, 337097, the termination of parental rights of both parents by the lower court was upheld by the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA). The application of the MCOA order is being held in abeyance pursuant to the order of the Michigan Supreme Court, SC: 156604 because the Court believes the decision in the case of In re Hill, Minors (No.155152) presently before it may resolve a similar issue raised in the Hadd application for leave to appeal.
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Posted: Dec 22, 2017, 4:25 PM
Charging Lien: Discharged attorneys may obtain a charging lien, which “is an equitable right to have the fees and costs due for services secured out of the judgment or recovery in a particular suit.” George v Sandor M Gelman, PC, 201 Mich App 474 (1993).
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Posted: Dec 5, 2017, 2:35 PM
Change in circumstances often lead to a motion to change custody. In D’itri v Bollinger, unpublished per curiam opinion of the Court of Appeals, Docket 337815 (2017), the mother of the child filed a motion to change custody claiming there was a change in circumstances in the child’s living situation.
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Posted: Nov 20, 2017, 4:05 PM
In In re LMB (Docket No. 338169), the Court of Appeals held that entry of an order of filiation while an adoption appeal was pending mooted the adoption appeal.
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Posted: Nov 16, 2017, 10:00 AM
For the second time and on identical issues, the matter of In re Jones, Minors, No. 336836, came before the Michigan Court of Appeals (MCOA) on the father’s appeal of a circuit court order terminating his parental rights. The MCOA again reversed and remanded for further proceedings, this time before a different jurist.
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Posted: Nov 6, 2017, 3:30 PM
In its recently published opinion, In re Guardianship of Dorothy Redd, __ Mich App __; __ NW2d __ (2017) (Docket 335152), the Court of Appeals addressed the standard for removal as well as the burden of proof for removing the guardian of an adult. The case involved Dorothy, an incapacitated elderly woman, Gary, her son, and Nichole, Gary’s daughter and Dorothy’s granddaughter. Gary had served as Dorothy’s guardian for 2 years.
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Posted: Nov 1, 2017, 2:30 PM
A writ of garnishment, upheld by the lower court following a motion to quash, was reversed and remanded by the Michigan Court of Appeals (COA) in DC Mex Holdings LLC v Affordable Land LLC (Docket 332489) due to trial court error.
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