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Child Custody Archives

Families Bring Lawsuit Against Agencies for Adoption Fraud

Parents who want to create a family or add to their family have a few options. Adoption can be an excellent way to bring a child into family and can be accomplished through independent means or through an adoption agency. Adoption agencies are either public or private and the state regulates them as they work to place children with new parents.

Child Custody Dispute Rocks Michael Jackson's Family

Michigan residents may know that the children of Michael Jackson are now the subject of a child custody dispute stemming from a battle over the deceased King of Pop's will. Their grandmother and legal guardian, with whom the children reside, disappeared over the weekend and allegations surfaced that she was being blocked from contacting the children.

Financial Role of Grandparents Can Be Significant, Before or After Divorce

Inevitably, divorce has an effect not only on children, but on their grandparents. The effect is not only emotional, but potentially financial. In the uncertain, post-recession economy, many grandparents are helping cover daily living costs for grandkids. Indeed, a recent AARP survey put the number of grandparents doing this as 37 percent - more than 1 in 3.

Establishing domicile with non-custodial parent for PIP coverage

An article in the May 7, 2012 Michigan Lawyers Weekly notes that a decision by the Michigan Court of Appeals may mean that first-party insurers for both parents should split the cost of personal injury protection (PIP) benefits resulting from an auto accident, regardless of who has primary custody or whose car the child was in at the time of the accident. See Grange Insurance Co. v Lawrence. If a child regularly spends nights at the non-custodial parent's house and has a room and personal belongings there, domicile can be established for purposes of the Michigan No-Fault Law.

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