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Posted: Sep 23, 2020, 10:25 AM
A mother’s request to change the school of the parties’ minor child was wrongly denied because the trial judge 1) did not interview the child about his school preference and 2) failed to consider several of the best-interest factors in MCL 722.23, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Aug 19, 2020, 9:50 AM
A mother’s parental rights were properly terminated in this stepparent adoption case because the termination was supported by clear and convincing evidence and was in the children’s best interests, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jun 10, 2020, 9:35 AM
A trial court erroneously treated a father’s motion to designate a school for his child as a motion for change of physical custody, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: May 6, 2020, 12:45 PM
The trial court in this custody action erroneously discounted the role of the parent who worked outside the home and, as a result, improperly ruled that the child only had an established custodial environment with the stay-at-home parent, the Michigan Court of Appeals has decided.
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Posted: Mar 25, 2020, 10:05 AM
On appeal, the defendant claimed the trial court’s decision regarding proper cause or change in circumstances was erroneous. Among other things, he challenged the timeliness of the evidence considered by the trial court
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Posted: Mar 11, 2020, 1:15 PM
The plaintiff and the defendant are the parents of twins. The parties were never married or in a romantic relationship. The parties shared legal custody and the defendant had physical custody of the children. The parties were able to effectively co-parent throughout much of the children’s adolescence.
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Posted: Jan 22, 2020, 10:50 AM
In Demski (Docket No. 322193), the defendant mother gave birth to the child, MP, shortly after she married another man, Jeffrey Petlick, who was the child’s presumed father under Michigan law. After paternity testing determined that MP was the plaintiff’s biological daughter, the plaintiff filed a custody and parenting time action in the Berrien County Circuit Court.
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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 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: 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: Apr 17, 2019, 3:51 PM
In this action involving a mother’s motion to relocate the parties’ child to Sault Ste. Marie, the trial court erred by failing to properly address whether an established custodial environment existed and, if it did, whether the relocation would alter that environment, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jan 30, 2019, 2:20 PM
The evidence in a custody action demonstrated that a change in circumstances had occurred and, therefore, the trial court wrongly denied a mother’s motion to modify a custody order, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, instructing the trial court to analyze the best interest factors on remand.
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