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Posted: Dec 4, 2019, 10:45 AM
The plaintiff and the defendant were married in October 1995. When the couple divorced in 2018, the plaintiff was 58 years old and the defendant was 65 years old. The parties have two children, one of whom was a minor at the time of the divorce.
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Posted: Nov 27, 2019, 9:35 AM
Adoption appeals frequently involve situations that require immediate action by the courts, which means emergency motions must be filed. Two recent adoption cases exemplify when such emergency motions are necessary: In re MGR and In re LMB.
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Posted: Nov 20, 2019, 12:20 PM
The father in Blakeman was being kept out of his home and away from his four children pursuant to an Ingham County trial court order, which was contrary to the recommendations of Children’s Protective Services (CPS) case workers.
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Posted: Nov 13, 2019, 2:30 PM
Child custody cases regularly require the filing of an emergency motion – which is what happened in Brenner v Kerkstra (Docket No. 346078). In Brenner, the appeal by right deadline had been missed, leaving an application for leave to appeal as the only option for appellate review.
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Posted: Nov 6, 2019, 11:35 AM
In Palmer, the plaintiff and the defendant were never married and had one child together, AP. The Gratiot County Circuit Court had previously granted the plaintiff sole legal and physical custody of AP; had granted the defendant reasonable supervised parenting time with no overnights; and had permitted the plaintiff to move with AP to North Dakota, where he had secured a higher-paying job.
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Posted: Oct 30, 2019, 9:30 AM
In 2015, the parties entered into a consent judgment of divorce. They had one child together during their marriage. The judgment set forth the agreed-upon custody and parenting time schedule. Because both parties were nurses who worked 8-to-12-hour shifts, the judgment included an RFR provision.
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Posted: Oct 23, 2019, 10:40 AM
The parties were divorced and had two children, AAM and MCM, during their marriage. The divorce judgment, entered by the Ionia County Circuit Court, awarded joint legal custody of the children to both parties and primary physical custody to the plaintiff. The defendant, who served in the military, accepted a job in Virginia in 2013. He returned to Michigan in 2016 and filed a motion for parenting time, which the trial court granted.
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Posted: Oct 16, 2019, 11:15 AM
In Slocum v Floyd, the defendant was divorced from the plaintiffs’ son. After the divorce, the plaintiffs’ son had primary physical custody of the children and both parents shared legal custody. The plaintiffs’ son later remarried but died in a motorcycle accident. After their son’s death, the plaintiffs filed emergency petitions seeking a temporary guardianship over the children.
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Posted: Oct 11, 2019, 3:05 PM
In August 2014, Dr. El-Khalil had sued Oakwood Healthcare, Inc., alleging racial discrimination in violation of the Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act (ELCRA), as well as tortious interference with an advantageous business relationship and defamation.
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Posted: Oct 9, 2019, 10:55 AM
In Luna v Regnier, the Tuscola County Circuit Court completely suspended the mother’s parenting time with her children, finding there was clear and convincing evidence the children’s mental and emotional health was endangered by allowing her to visit with them.
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Posted: Oct 2, 2019, 4:00 PM
In a recent published Court of Appeals opinion, Slocum v Farm Bureau General Insurance Co of Michigan, issued June 18, 2019 (Docket No. 343333), the Court of Appeals was called upon to consider a consolidated appeal about “whether a deceased’s dependents are entitled to the replacement cost of obtaining medical and dental benefits similar to those provided by the deceased’s former employer or to the monetary value of the premiums paid by the former employer.”
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Posted: Sep 25, 2019, 11:30 AM
In In re White Trust (Docket Nos. 338008 and 338009), the decedent was the father of the petitioners, James, Bruce, Jeff and Doug White, and was the father of the respondent, David White. The decedent’s original will and trust devised his estate equally to all five sons.
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Posted: Sep 18, 2019, 12:10 PM
In the case of In re Estate of Seville (Docket No. 348819), plaintiff Tonya Phillips and defendant Andrew Seville were divorced. The couple had a contentious relationship. When their daughter was killed in a 2019 accident, the plaintiff and the defendant sought to be individually named as the personal representative of her estate.
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Posted: Sep 11, 2019, 11:30 AM
A probate court erroneously applied the statute of limitations in the Michigan Trust Code to bar the plaintiffs’ challenge to the validity of their mother’s trust, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 4, 2019, 10:15 AM
Carol Rosebrook and Robert Lewis were a couple for about 24 years but never married. They had several joint and individual bank accounts. This case involved three bank accounts jointly owned by Rosebrook and Lewis, who had equal ownership of the accounts and had equal rights to access and use the funds.
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Posted: Aug 28, 2019, 11:05 AM
In In re AMR (Docket No. 344560), the petitioner-mother and the respondent-father were never married and had one child, AMR, together in 2013. When the petitioner married Adam Dizotell in 2017, she filed a petition to terminate the respondent’s parental rights so that Dizotell could adopt AMR.
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Posted: Aug 21, 2019, 9:30 AM
In In re AGD, Minor (Docket No. 345717), the petitioner-mother and the respondent-father were never married and in 2015 had one child together, AGD. The respondent established paternity by affidavit of parentage.
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Posted: Aug 14, 2019, 10:50 AM
In In re RC, Minor (Docket No. 343736), the biological parents’ rights had been terminated and the child, RC, was committed to the Michigan Children’s Institute (MCI) for adoption planning. RC was placed in the care of the petitioner, Lucinda Carrier, who had obtained a foster care license and was the child’s paternal aunt. Thereafter, the petitioner sought to legally adopt RC.
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Posted: Aug 7, 2019, 10:50 AM
The petitioners appealed, arguing their case was timely brought before the ALJ. They claimed an evidentiary hearing would have shown this to be true, but the ALJ made factual findings against them without giving them the opportunity to present their evidence.
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Posted: Jul 31, 2019, 12:45 PM
Battalion chiefs are second-in-command to the fire chief. Their duties include supervising firefighters, devising work plans, administering disciplinary action and inspecting/maintaining equipment, among other things.
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