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Posted: Mar 5, 2021, 1:20 PM
The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision denying the defendant’s motion to quash subpoenas because it was unclear whether the defendant knew that his communications with his attorney, through the use of his employer-provided email address, were not protected by the attorney-client privilege.  
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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: Feb 17, 2021, 11:10 AM
The trial court in this dog-bite case improperly granted summary disposition to the animal’s owners, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the dog was not provoked by the victim.
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Posted: Feb 10, 2021, 9:35 AM
The father in this case was erroneously granted joint physical and legal custody of the parties’ children, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the trial court improperly conflated his motion to change custody with the mother’s motion to change domicile, effectively placing the burden of proof on the mother for both motions.
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Posted: Feb 3, 2021, 10:10 AM
A mother’s motion for modification of custody was erroneously denied, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the trial court failed to conduct an evidentiary hearing to determine whether she had established the required proper cause or change in circumstances.
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Posted: Jan 27, 2021, 10:20 AM
The trial court correctly modified the parties’ custody order to give the mother sole legal and physical custody of the children, according to the Michigan Court of Appeals, because the father’s use of corporal punishment as a method of discipline constituted domestic violence.
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Posted: Jan 20, 2021, 11:30 AM
In this divorce action, the trial court properly held that a postnuptial agreement the parties had entered into did not violate public policy and was enforceable, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jan 13, 2021, 10:05 AM
The trial court properly ordered that the children be removed from their father’s custody because there was sufficient evidence that the father’s alleged “roughhousing” presented a substantial risk of harm to the children, 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: Dec 30, 2020, 9:40 AM
The trial court did not abuse its discretion by appointing the paternal aunt as the juvenile guardian of the respondent-father’s children, the Court of Appeals has ruled, because the appointment was in the children’s best interests.
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Posted: Dec 23, 2020, 11:05 AM
The trial court in this divorce action should not have denied the defendant’s request for attorney fees without conducting a hearing and allowing the defendant to support her request for fees, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Dec 16, 2020, 10:35 AM
A trial court properly 1) ordered the defendant in this divorce action to pay the plaintiff’s attorney fees as a sanction and 2) held the defendant’s former legal counsel jointly and severally liable for the attorney fees, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Dec 9, 2020, 9:45 AM
A trial court did not violate a father’s due process rights and properly terminated his parental rights because the father validly waived his participation in the best-interest hearing, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 25, 2020, 10:10 AM
An ex-wife must repay Ford Motor Company more than $243,000 that she mistakenly received as part of her ex-husband’s retirement benefits in her divorce, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 18, 2020, 10:55 AM
In this no-fault insurance case, the trial court properly denied the defendant-insurer’s motions for summary disposition because a genuine issue of fact existed as to whether the plaintiff was “domiciled” in the same household as his grandparents, who were the insureds, at the time he was injured in a motor vehicle accident, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Nov 11, 2020, 10:30 AM
In this divorce action, the Michigan Court of Appeals held that the trial court did not abuse its discretion by: 1) awarding the ex-wife attorney fees, 2) including newly vested stock in the total vested stock to be divided between the parties and 3) modifying the spousal support award and divorce judgment to order the ex-husband to purchase a life insurance policy naming the ex-wife as the beneficiary.
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Posted: Nov 4, 2020, 11:20 AM
A Bingham Farms attorney was properly held in criminal contempt for taping trial court proceedings without first obtaining the judge’s permission, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Oct 28, 2020, 10:05 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has upheld a probate court order granting a paternal grandparent’s petition to be named guardian of her son’s two minor children, striking down the respondent’s argument that MCL 700.5204(2)(b) of the Estates and Protected Individuals Code (EPIC) is unconstitutional.
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Posted: Oct 13, 2020, 3:50 PM
The Kalamazoo Circuit Court properly assumed jurisdiction over the respondents’ children and placed them in foster care because a preponderance of the evidence demonstrated educational neglect, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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