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Posted: May 25, 2022, 10:20 AM
The Department of Health and Human Services made reasonable efforts to reunify the respondent-parents with their child despite the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Michigan COA has ruled in a published opinion.
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Posted: May 11, 2022, 9:45 AM
The trial court in this adoption case improperly denied the petitioners’ motion for discovery and wrongly quashed subpoenas that were issued to the Department of Health and Human Services and Bethany Christian Services, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled
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Posted: Apr 27, 2022, 10:40 AM
The trial court in this child-protective proceeding correctly placed the mother’s children under its jurisdiction because “some efforts” were made by DHHS to prevent removal of the children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Mar 30, 2022, 9:35 AM
The trial court in this child-welfare case did not make all the factual findings necessary to remove the minor child from her parents’ custody and, as a result, the removal order must be vacated, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Mar 4, 2022, 10:15 AM
The COA vacated the Trial Court’s order terminating mother’s parental rights because mother’s drug use during pregnancy does not qualify as an aggravated circumstance allowing for termination without first providing reasonable efforts.
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Posted: Feb 16, 2022, 11:15 AM
Although the trial court properly terminated the respondent-mother’s parental rights because at least one of the statutory termination factors was met, the trial court made “inappropriate references” to the fact that domestic violence had occurred in the home, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 27, 2021, 10:25 AM
A trial court’s order authorizing removal of the respondent’s minor child must be vacated, the Michigan COA has ruled, because DHHS did not make reasonable reunification efforts and the trial court erroneously authorized the removal petition.
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Posted: Sep 8, 2021, 9:50 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court has let stand an appeals court decision holding that a grandmother should not have been appointed full guardian of her grandchildren.
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Posted: Jul 21, 2021, 9:45 AM
A trial court properly terminated a father’s parental rights to his two older children after the youngest child died because termination was in the older children’s best interests, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a split decision.
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Posted: Jun 9, 2021, 10:10 AM
An order terminating a mother’s parental rights must be reversed because no case treatment plan existed and she “could not be faulted for failing to complete a nonexistent treatment plan,” the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Mar 31, 2021, 9:40 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals affirmed the trial court’s order taking jurisdiction over the child and vacated the trial court’s termination order. The Court stated that the trial court erred when it found by clear and convincing evidence that termination of parental rights to the minor child was proper.
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Posted: Mar 3, 2021, 11:25 AM
The trial court’s order removing the minor child from the respondent-mother’s care must be vacated because the respondent was denied her fundamental right to procedural due process, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Feb 24, 2021, 10:30 AM
The trial court improperly dismissed an authorized petition to terminate the respondent’s parental rights because it did not issue a decision on the merits of the case, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jan 6, 2021, 10:40 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals reversed the protective orders that were issued in these consolidated appeals, ruling the probate court “put[] the cart before the horse” when finding that the protective order requirements in the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) were satisfied.
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Posted: Aug 5, 2020, 10:40 AM
The Delta County Probate Court improperly exercised jurisdiction in this minor guardianship case and, as a result, erroneously appointed the children’s maternal grandmother as their guardian, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jun 17, 2020, 11:10 AM
A trial court applied the correct legal standard when denying the Department of Health and Human Services’ petition for temporary custody over the respondent’s children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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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: 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: 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 19, 2019, 9:15 AM
The case arose when the Department of Health and Human Services petitioned the Otsego Circuit Court, Family Division, to remove minor JF from her parents. The Department alleged that JF’s parents had failed to adequately attend to JF’s medical needs by missing several of her medical appointments; not refilling her prescription medications; and failing to provide adequate living conditions for JF.
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