COVID-19 Back to School Advice for Separated Parents from a Family Law Attorney

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As the summer months dwindle down, Michigan families are experiencing unprecedented back to school anxiety this year. For many families, unanswered questions abound following the school's early shutdown due to coronavirus last spring. Is your school district re-opening for fall classes? How will your family navigate back to school in the COVID era? Should you keep the kids home and teach them virtually? What about your own work? These questions can be even further complicated for divorced parents, families with a parenting time arrangement, and others navigating the Michigan family law system during COVID-19. If this is you, our Michigan...

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

COVID-19 and families in Michigan, early end to in-person schooling

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 may pose more difficult...

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Co-Parenting During an Unexpected School Closure

Co-Parenting and Unexpected School Closures

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 order closing all K-12...

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

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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 and...

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Who Pays for the Children’s Medical Expenses After a Divorce?

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As co-parents navigate their way through the divorce process or unmarried couples separate, one thing that often generates a lot of confusion and concern is how to handle medical expenses. Who pays for the children's medical expenses after a divorce? How are the bills split? Are both parents responsible for a portion of every single medical expense? If you're in the process of filing for divorce or have recently separated and are wondering how to handle child medical bills after divorce, Michigan family law attorney, Jackie Dupler, offers the following information and advice. Medical Expenses Factored into Child Support Calculations Inevitably, your...

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Post-Divorce Parenting: How to Effectively Co-Parent Even When You Don’t Get Along


Co-parenting is a buzzword in the world of family law. But what does it mean? How do you do it? And do you really have to? Simply put, co-parenting is the trendy new term for something separated parents have been trying their best to do all along - successful post-divorce parenting. Co-parenting means working together with your child's other parent in the child's best interest. It ranges from encouraging a positive relationship between the child and the other parent, to being flexible when “life” happens for the other parent. Ultimately, the focal point of co-parenting is effectively communicating with your...

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