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COVID-19 Resources

This information is to help you understand how the Coronavirus is currently affecting family law cases and appeals.

We will post updates as we receive them, so keep checking this page. If you or someone you know has questions or concerns about how the coronavirus could affect your case please call our office or submit a contact form!

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Attention Parents and Trial Attorneys: Use the following chart to determine if your child or your client's child is at risk of contracting/spreading coronavirus. The following chart is provided by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services: 

"I think I have been exposed to COVID-19, what should I do?" 


April 7, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court recently issued the following order: ADM File No. 2020-08: Administrative Order No. 2020-6 (Order Expanding Authority for Judicial Officers to Conduct Proceedings Remotely).


April 3, 2020

The State Court Administrative Office issued many FAQs about Custody and Parenting Time During the COVID-19 Outbreak. 


March 30, 2020

Elizabeth Bransdorfer, a family law attorney at the firm Mika Meyes, PLC wrote an article on the CARES Act payments for divorced and never-married parents. Read it here


March 27, 2020

The HuffPost published an article titled "How To Co-Parent During The Coronavirus Pandemic". The author, Brittany Wong disscusses how divorce lawyers and separated parents are handling social distancing, custody arrangements and child support during the COVID-19 crisis.


March 27, 2020 

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administratvie Order No. 2020-5, effective immediately, which extends the expiration date in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1 and 2020-2. 


March 26, 2020

Memo from new State Court Administrator Thomas Boyd concerning Administrative Order 2020-2. Read here.


March 26, 2020

The Michigan Courts posted answers to some FAQ's: Frequently Asked Questions and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Court Response to COVID-19


March 26, 2020

A new Admisitrative Order has been issued by the MI Supreme Court. The order suspends all COA and SCT filing deadlines – including jurisdictional deadlines, effective March 24, 2020. 


March 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer Signs “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order. 

Parenting time exchanges are still permitted under the shelter in place order. We highlighted two exceptions in the order for reference - read them here.


March 23, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-3 (Order Extending Deadline for Commencement of Actions). 

This order is only for INITIAL pleadings (and in family law only a very few of them are time sensitive – like a revocation of paternity action) and for the first Responsive pleading (like answer to a divorce complaint or custody complaint)


March 23, 2020

Update from the Michigan Supreme Court: All oral arguments scheduled in April have been canceled. NOTE: there were only two on the schedule and neither of them were family law cases.


March 23, 2020

Update from the Michigan Court of Appeals regarding the April Case Call: 

"In light of Governor Whitmer’s declaration of a state of emergency addressing how to reduce the spread of the coronavirus,​ and to remain consistent with the Michigan Supreme Court’s concerns stated in Administrative Order No. 2020-2, the Court will be issuing notices in those cases assigned to the April calendar where the panel does not deem oral argument essential, and thus, the case will be decided without oral argument pursuant to MCR 7.214(E). Cases in which oral arguments are required will be held by way of conference call arranged by the Court, and one case will be selected, upon the parties’ consent, to be argued by videoconference on a Zoom platform. If that experiment proves successful, and should we not be able to resume our normal oral argument practices for case call hearings in May, other panels may make use of the Zoom platform or other technology beginning in May.​​​"


March 22, 2020

The law firm Wilson Kester posted their thoughts and recommendations on Facebook regarding the suggested guidelines for addressing non-compliance with parenting time order during COVID-19 crisis. Check out the post here.


March 20, 2020

The AAML just released a statement of guidance titled "Seven Guideline for Parents Who are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic". Click HERE to read it!


March 18, 2020

We recently shared a special report that discusses what we currently know and don't yet know about how the trial courts and appellate courts are conducting cases amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To read that report click HERE!


March 18, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court released an order on March 18th stating that for family law matters, trial courts can only hear in-person ex parte motions “necessary for the safety and well-being of a litigant and/or children.”  All other family law matters must be heard remotely (such as by video) or be adjourned until April 3, 2020. To read the entire order and the section on family law cases about emergency motions, click HERE.


March 16, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court has has issued a statement that all parenting time orders are to be followed, unless modified by the trial court. Click HERE to read the Supreme Court news release.