February 5, 2014

Responsibilities for creating a parenting plan for stepchildren

Parents of blended families in Michigan may come across a complicated issue when they divorce. They may wonder what their rights and responsibilities are when their soon-to-be ex-spouse has a child from another relationship with whom they have bonded. Are they legally responsible for caring for that child after the divorce? Legally, there is no […]

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January 3, 2014

Importance of gifting in a parenting plan

Giving gifts to your children is likely one of the highlights of special occasions, such as Christmas. For children who have divorced parents, these gifts might turn out to be headaches. Michigan parents who are divorced and have children might like to take some points about gifting to the children into consideration before another gift […]

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October 25, 2013

Michigan court rules against same-sex partner in custody case

Potentially setting a precedent for hundreds of similar cases, the Michigan Court of Appeals recently decided that a woman may not sue her former same-sex partner for parental or visitation rights as she is not related to the child by blood. The couple was married in Canada before moving to Michigan, where they separated in […]

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May 10, 2013

Michigan father could lose visitation rights

A Michigan woman says the state law that allows the father of her six-year-old daughter to visit the girl is preventing her from protecting her child. The father is a convicted sex offender, meaning that he cannot go near schools, sporting events and other places where children are present. Michigan law, however, does not expressly […]

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October 9, 2012

Man seeks visitation rights with daughter conceived by rape

A 24-year-old man wants to see the child of a girl he admitted to raping when he was 17, filing a petition seeking visitation rights because he is currently paying $110 in weekly child support to the child’s mother. She was 14 at the time of the rape. The case has raised the question of […]

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July 20, 2012

Father’s Day visitation subject of lawsuit by basketball star

Parents in Michigan and elsewhere who are struggling with visitation issues may face legal action in order to protect the well-being of children when they are not in compliance with court-ordered visitation arrangements. This issue recently came up when professional basketball player Dwyane Wade filed charges against his ex-wife for violation of visitation orders. Wade […]

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June 8, 2012

Visitation rights at issue in Usher court case

Child custody and visitation are frequent issues in Michigan divorces as well as throughout the country. Such issues are not immune to the rich and famous, however, as it is demonstrated in the ongoing battle with recording artist Usher and his ex-wife. Usher, who filed for divorce from his estranged wife in June of 2009, […]

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May 4, 2012

Court awards visitation rights to unmarried dad

An unmarried father estranged from the mother of his daughter waged a court battle over custody for the child he only saw once in four and a half years. On April 27, a judge issued an order mandating that the father be granted ongoing visitation rights with his daughter. Single fathers in Michigan frequently have […]

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January 20, 2012

Mother accused of using son to spy on his father

A child custody battle between parents inevitably has an effect on the child. Parents may disagree about the conditions set for visitation, child support and other issues that commonly come up during a child custody case. If one parent is unwilling or unable to abide by obligations set in a custody hearing, there may be […]

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