While Michigan offers beautiful landscapes and activities for the entire family, everyone wants to leave the states and enjoy an international holiday. Whether it's to Europe, Asia or Mexico, you want to see the world, especially with your child.
Fall is officially here, which means Halloween is just around the corner. Whether you already have the spooky decorations out or you are waiting a few more weeks, it is never too early to start thinking about what you will do with your kids.
June is Pride Month, so we'd like to share some legal matters of interest to our LGBT clients. If you would like to discuss these issues and protect yourself and your family, we are here to help.
Many family law practitioners were shocked when, in the case of In re AJR, the Court of Appeals construed the provisions of MCL 710.51(6) to mean that a stepparent adoption could not occur when the parents of the minor child at issue shared joint legal custody. This holding (affirmed by the Michigan Supreme Court on June 25, 2014), became a complete bar to stepparent adoptions in situations where parents share joint legal custody. Because joint legal custody is routinely granted by courts -- even in situations where the non custodial parent is not involved the child -- this holding added a new step to the adoption process by requiring that a parent with joint legal custody to petition the court for sole legal custody. As practitioners know, the threshold for changing custody is not an easy one to clear. The decision in AJR thus made it significantly difficult for anyone to obtain a stepparent adoption. This changed in September 2016 when the Legislature amended the statute.
Effective January 1, 2016, Colorado adopted its new spousal support maintenance formula. It follows the path of states like Maine, Oklahoma, Texas, and New Jersey in adopting a formula similar to child support to achieve uniformity, providing judges with a guideline to follow when awarding spousal support.