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Posted: Jun 29, 2022, 10:00 AM
An award of sole legal custody to the father of the parties’ minor child must be reversed, the Michigan COA has ruled, because the trial court did not exercise “a proper degree of caution” and the issue of legal custody was not properly before the trial court.
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Posted: Jun 22, 2022, 10:40 AM
A father’s parental rights were erroneously terminated under MCL 712A.19b(3) because his incarceration was the condition that led to the initial adjudication – and that condition alone is insufficient to terminate his rights, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jun 8, 2022, 11:20 AM
An adult sibling has standing to initiate child-protective proceedings against his parents over the care of his minor sister, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled in a published and binding decision.
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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 18, 2022, 9:45 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court has voided the Michigan Court of Appeals published decision in In re BMGZ, Minor, a stepparent adoption case where the plaintiffs wanted Special Immigrant Juvenile (SIJ) status for the minor child.
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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: Apr 20, 2022, 10:15 AM
Even though the parties’ consent judgment of divorce included an offset provision regarding the defendant’s military retirement benefits that was a “mistake” in the exercise of jurisdiction, the defendant’s challenge to enforcing that provision is an improper collateral attack, the Michigan Supreme Court has ruled
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Posted: Apr 13, 2022, 10:05 AM
In this divorce case, the MI Court of Appeals adopted a new legal framework that “blends” the “contractual approach” and the “balancing approach” to determine the disposition of a frozen embryo.
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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 23, 2022, 10:15 AM
The trial court’s decision to vacate the custody and parenting-time provisions in the parties’ divorce judgment must be reversed, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the trial court erroneously held that the defendant first had to establish paternity.
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Posted: Mar 16, 2022, 9:45 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled that it did not have jurisdiction to hear the appeal in a child-welfare case because trial counsel filed the appeal, and not the father whose parental rights were terminated.
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Posted: Mar 9, 2022, 10:35 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court is currently considering a case involving the denial of a residential tenant’s request for a “reasonable accommodation” – that is, the tenant wanted to keep an emotional support dog on the premises to help him with his alleged disability.
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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: Mar 2, 2022, 10:00 AM
The Michigan Supreme Court is considering whether to hear the case of a mother whose parental rights were terminated after the trial court agreed with the petitioning agency that she had subjected her children to “aggravated circumstances”.
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Posted: Feb 23, 2022, 10:05 AM
The trial court properly dismissed this action for no-fault survivor’s loss benefits, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled, because the decedent’s surviving daughter 1) did not “regularly” receive financial support from the decedent and 2) was not “domiciled” with the decedent.
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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: Feb 9, 2022, 10:10 AM
A trial court correctly denied a patient advocate’s request for an order directing that ivermectin be administered to her father, who was hospitalized with COVID-19, the Michigan Court of Appeals has decided.
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Posted: Feb 2, 2022, 10:40 AM
The plaintiff in this child-custody case is not a “natural parent” under the equitable parent doctrine and did not establish the necessary elements for third-person standing under the Child Custody Act, the Michigan Court of Appeals has ruled.
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Posted: Jan 19, 2022, 9:55 AM
The Michigan Court of Appeals has reversed a trial court’s order to euthanize a pit bull for attacking another dog, finding the pit bull did not meet the statutory definition of a “dangerous animal.”
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