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.

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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 ...

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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?

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Grandparents’ Rights in Michigan – Visitation and Grandparenting Time

Every year, the Sunday following Labor Day celebrates grandparents as National Grandparents Day. First recognized in 1979 under the Jimmy Carter Administration, National Grandparents Day honors the values, strength, and guidance passed down from grandparents to subsequent generations. Attorney Bryan Waldman went over grandparents’ rights in Michigan on WLNS 6 Legal Edge in honor of the holiday.

What is Grandparenting Time?

When people talk about their rights as grandparents, they’re most likely referring to grandparenting time. If you’ve never heard the term ...

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

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 ...

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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, ...

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