The Impact of COVID-19 on Families in Michigan – Parenting Time, Child Support, Resources

News involving COVID-19 coverage is everywhere, and Michigan is no exception, having recently been named a coronavirus “hotspot.” On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the closing of all K-12 for all in-person education for the rest of the 2019-2020 school year in response to the coronavirus global pandemic. While this decision helps to ensure the safety and health of Michiganders, the impact of COVID-19 on families is yet to be fully understood.

For some families, the impact of COVID-19 on daily life may be as simple as coordinating work schedules and childcare needs. For others, coronavirus ...

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When Home Isn’t Safe – Domestic Violence Resources During COVID-19 Michigan Shelter-In-Place

Victims of domestic violence often feel trapped in their relationship, and under the current Michigan shelter-in-place order, that is a prominent reality for many. A recent statement from the Executive Director of the Safehouse Center explains concerns posed by COVID-19 for domestic violence victims, including isolation, lost access to help, and fear of exposure to the virus when leaving the home. If you are stuck at home with an abusive partner, there are still resources and services available to help you during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Many open call-lines, service organizations, and shelters ...

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Michigan Supreme Court Response to COVID-19

Michigan Supreme Court Suspends Filing Deadlines and Limits Court to Essential Functions Only During COVID-19 Pandemic

In light of the limitations put in place in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan’s Supreme Court has issued a number of Orders outlining how Michigan’s trial courts will continue to operate during this unprecedented time. While various counties have also enacted their own additional measures, the Supreme Court’s mandates provide some measure of consistency regarding court operations throughout the state.

Initiating Lawsuits in Michigan During COVID-19

With respect to the initiation of lawsuits, it has been ordered ...

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Co-Parenting During an Unexpected School Closure

An unexpected school closure such as a snow day or a sick day is especially difficult to navigate as a divorced parent. However, recent events are forcing many to asses their co-parenting childcare options in extreme measures. If you have shared custody, read on.

Update #1: On March 23, 2020, Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a shelter-in-place order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan. Now, in addition to questions stemming from co-parenting during unexpected school closure, many parents are wondering how this impacts their custody arrangement.

Update #2: On April 2, 2020, Governor Whitmer issued an ...

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Risks of Using Car Insurance Tracking Devices

You’ve probably seen advertisements for them everywhere. Or maybe your agent has filled you in on a “great way to save on your car insurance!” At the cost of a fractional reduction in your insurance premium, you’re asked to install a device in your car or an app on your phone that tracks your every movement and “rewards safe driving!” But don’t get caught up in the gimmicky marketing ploys – the risks of using car insurance tracking devices abound!

Drive Safe, Save Money, Reliquinsh Privacy

Every major car insurance company in the United States now has what is referred to as ...

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Sinas Dramis Attorneys Sworn into Bar of the United State Supreme Court

On Wednesday, November 13, 2019, Sinas Dramis attorneys Jackie Dupler and Katie Tucker, along with 10 other members of the Mid-Michigan region of the Women Lawyers Association of Michigan were sworn into the Bar of and to practice in front of the United States Supreme Court by Chief Justice John G. Roberts. The swearing-in ceremony took place at the beginning of the Court session, in front of eight of the sitting Justices. Unfortunately, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg was absent due to illness. Honorable Michelle Rick, Clinton County Circuit Court Judge who is also currently running for the ...

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Tom Sinas Named a Top Lawyer in Grand Rapids by Grand Rapids Magazine

In an effort to help West Michigan residents find the best lawyer for their legal matter, Grand Rapids Magazine and Grand Rapids Business Journal recently published the Grand Rapids 2019 Top Lawyers List. We are proud to announce that attorney, Tom Sinas, received this noteworthy distinction.

Inclusion as a Top Lawyer in Grand Rapids is solely based on a peer-review survey sent out to local licensed attorneys. Those receiving the most votes were named 2019 Top Lawyers in Grand Rapids. For people researching “best attorneys in Grand Rapids,” this list provides further proof of excellence within the legal field ...

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Katie Tucker Recognized as “Up and Coming Lawyer” by Michigan Lawyers Weekly

It is with great pleasure we announce Katie Tucker’s recognition as an “Up and Coming Lawyer” for 2019 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. A celebration luncheon for the honorees was held on December 5, 2019, at the Detroit Marriott in Troy, Michigan.

I have had the pleasure of working closely with Katie for the past several years,” says Sinas Dramis Law Firm Partner, Mike Larkin. “She is incredibly thorough, intelligent and dedicated to her clients. She is most deserving of this honor and I am proud to call her a colleague and friend.”

Up and Coming Lawyers Credentials

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Child Custody and Substance Abuse – When to Get Legal Help Plus Local Resources

Michigan family courts are designed to protect the rights of and advocate for the best interest of children. While judges do their best to keep the family intact as much as possible, certain specifics regarding your family dynamic must be addressed and taken seriously, especially instances of child custody and substance abuse. If you or your child’s other parent suffer from addiction, it could have a major impact on your custody and parenting time schedule.

What is an addiction?

According to the Mayo Clinic, drug addiction (also called substance use disorder) “is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior ...

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Burn Survivor Attorney Steve Weston Attends 2019 World Burn Congress

Kalamazoo personal injury attorney, Steven Weston, has been representing and advocating for burn survivors for 34 years. Steve has a reputation among burn treatment professionals across the nation as an attorney who has taken the time to study the medical, psycho-emotional, and social-family challenges and needs of burn survivors. He has also been active in supporting efforts at burn prevention. While Sinas Dramis has advocated for the rights of burn survivors since we opened our doors in 1951, we knew when Steve Weston joined the firm, it was an opportunity to provide additional expertise and resources to this ...

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