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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 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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Posted: Oct 7, 2020, 3:45 PM
In this child-support modification case, the trial court erroneously imputed potential overtime income to the father based on overtime work that he had declined, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Sep 30, 2020, 11:15 AM
In this parenting-time dispute, the trial court improperly 1) treated the guardian ad litem (GAL) as a lawyer-guardian ad litem (LGAL) and 2) denied the parties’ right to question the GAL at a hearing, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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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: Sep 9, 2020, 10:55 AM
The trial court should not have denied the defendant’s motion to set aside the parties’ divorce judgment based on alleged fraud because the motion was timely and was allowed under the terms of the divorce settlement agreement, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Aug 26, 2020, 11:30 AM
In this legal malpractice action, the Michigan Court of Appeals ruled the trial court: 1) should not have summarily dismissed the malpractice claim against the lawyer and her firm and 2) wrongly awarded the lawyer fees for representing herself and her law firm in the matter.
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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: Aug 12, 2020, 10:45 AM
Twenty-year-old Ledura Watkins was wrongfully convicted of murder in 1976. A Detroit jury found him guilty based on a single piece of evidence: a strand of hair allegedly found on the victim’s pants. In 2017 – more than 40 years later – a 61-year-old Watkins walked out of the Wayne County Jail a free man.
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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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