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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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Trial Court Return to Full Capacity​​ Directory

The Michigan Supreme Court has created a directory of the individual policies and procedures every trial court in the state is implementing to make sure everyone stays safe as Michigan courts return to full capacity.

Click here for the directory.

 

Virtual Courtroom Lookup

Use this tool to lookup the virtual courtrooms around the state!


June 26, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-19, which revisits earlier orders put into place due to COVID-19. The order codifies the rules that were put in place during the shut down to increase access that parties had to the court system electronically.


June 3, 2020 

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-16. Which resumes filing deadlines in the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals effective June 8, 2020.


June 1, 2020

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-110, rescinding her Safer at Home order and moving the entire state to phase four of the MI Safe Start Plan

Under this order, retailers will be allowed to resume operations on June 4. Restaurants and bars may reopen fully on June 8. 

Michiganders must continue to wear face coverings when in enclosed public spaces. Indoor social gatherings and events of more than 10 people are prohibited. Outdoor social gatherings and events are permitted so long as people maintain six feet of distance from one another and the assemblage consists of no more than 100 people.


May 22, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-99 (COVID-19), which extends the ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe” guidelines until June 19th. While the order does lift a lot of restriction, court activity is expected to remain mostly virtual.


May 7, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-77 (COVID-19), which extends the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" guidelines until May, 28 2020.


May 6, 2020

Yesterday the Supreme Court Administrative Office (SCAO) published two updated FAQs regarding:


May 6, 2020 

The MSC recently issued Administrative Order No. 2020-14. Which continues the status quo of court operations and lays out a phased return to full court operations. It is accompanied by the supplement - Return to Full Capacity - COVID-19 Guidelines for Michigan's Judiciary.


April 29, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued the following order: Administrative Order No. 2020-13. Authorizing the courts to collect contact information including mobile phone number(s) and email address(es), from any party or witness to a case to facilitate scheduling of and participation in remote hearings or facilitate case processing. 


April 27, 2020

The Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-12, extending expiration dates of the key earlier orders  (Nos 2020-1, 2020-2, 2020-6 & 2020-9) "until further order of the court".

That includes authorization of emergency measures to protect the public from the spread of COVID-19 in court facilities, while allowing access to the court system and temporarily amending court rules in response to the emergency.


April 27, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court recently issued the following order: Administrative Order No. 2020-11 which extends Personal Protection Orders that expire during the State of Emergency.


April 22, 2020

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-58 (COVID-19), which tolls all statute of limitations deadlines from March 10, 2020 until the end of the declared state of emergency


April 21, 2020

Check out the Supreme Court FAQ's regarding the expansion of remote proceedings.


April 20, 2020

The State Court Administrative Office (SCAO) issued updated FAQs regarding Child Support During the COVID-19 Outbreak. 


April 20, 2020

Thank you Chuck Kronzek for sharing the following tip sheet on video visits between parents and children. Check out the sheet here!


April 17, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-9, which details temporary amendments making it easier for people to access the court system remote, and the extension of court deadlines until the end of the declared state of emergency..


April 13, 2020

The Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement published an article "Economic Impact Payments under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act"  regarding the stimulus checks and the offset procedure. 


April 10, 2020

SCAO released a document titled "Frequently Asked Questions and General Guidance Regarding Emergency Court Response to COVID-19". Family court matters can be found on pages 2 and 3. 


April 10, 2020

A memo from the State Court Admistrative Office was issued, giving guidance to family law attorneys and parents regarding two school year issues; 1. post-majority support and 2. summer vs school year parenting time schedules in this period of shutdown. See pages 2 and 3. 


April 10, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-7 which extends the expiration dates in Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-6 through April 30, 2020, or until further order of the Court.

Administrative Order Nos. 2020-1, 2020-2, and 2020-6 stated, respectively, that trial courts are authorized to implement emergency measures to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus, trial courts are ordered to limit access to courtrooms and other spaces to no more than 10 persons, and expanding the authority for judicial officers to conduct proceedings remotely. 


April 9, 2020

Governor Whitmer extends the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order until April, 30th. Executive Order No. 2020-42 takes effect on April 9, 2020 at 11:59 pm.


April 9, 2020

The latest executive order -  Executive Order 2020-41 - from Gov. Whitmer encourages the use of electronic signatures and remote notarization, witnessing, and visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Which could be helpful in family law if an attorney needs to file a motion that is reqired to be verified by the client.

  • Attorney Dennis Germain drafted a quick cheat sheet for Section 5 of the above order - check it out here!

April 7, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-6, which expands the authority given to judges to conduct remote hearings, along with the requirements that must be met for those hearings.


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

The new State Court Administrator Thomas Boyd released a memo concerning Administrative Order 2020-2 - read it 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

Admisitrative Order No. 2020-4 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 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 issued the following order Administrative Order No. 2020-2. The order stated 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). This has been indefinitely extended until the end of the declared state of emergency.


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. 


March 15, 2020

To comply with the executive order and prevent the spread of the virus further, the Michigan Supreme Court issued Administrative Order No. 2020-1 on March 15, 2020, which limited court activity to only essential functions.


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: 

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