Driver Beware: Michigan Authorizes Roadside Drug Tests

Don't refuse road side drug testsIt’s been the law in Michigan that your license can be suspended if you refuse to take a Preliminary Breath Test for alcohol. But a new law will add drug testing to the mix. Know your rights and responsibilities at a traffic stop. Read the full post »

Michigan Passes Tough Laws Against Human Trafficking

Michigan cracks down on human traffickingHuman trafficking has been gaining visibility over the past several years. Federal and state law enforcement have wrestled with how to track, charge, and convict offenders without bringing more harm to the victims. Now they will have new tools since the Michigan legislature has passed some of the toughest laws in the country to help stop the abuse. Read the full post »

Before Your Family Lawyer Initial Consultation

What can you do before your initial consultation?A lot of law firms, including Schmidt Law Services, PLLC, offer free initial consultations in family law cases. But what you get out of that consultation will depend on how you prepare for the appointment. Here are 3 questions you should be ready to ask and answer: Read the full post »

Should Surrogacy be Legal?

Should Surrogacy be Legal in Michigan?Is surrogacy like prostitution? Should it be regulated or does it inherently exploit the surrogate mother? Should Michigan change its law banning surrogacy for compensation? Check out the arguments and then weigh in for yourself. Read the full post »

‘Til Retirement Do Us Part? The Rise of Gray Divorce

Why are more gray divorces happening?The Internet is filled with stories of happily married old couples. But a growing number of older adults are getting divorced. What is causing this rise of the “gray divorce”? Read the full post »

It Takes a Village To Keep Kids In School

To Keep Kids in School, Look at HomePoliticians and educators have been trying to keep students from dropping out for years. Now a study from Johns Hopkins University suggests we need to focus outside the classroom to keep kids in. Read the full post »

Domestic Violence and Parenting Time: The Control Game

Domestic Violence victims need strong advocates when it comes to parenting timeIn honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I want to address one of the most painful parts of family law: the intersection of abuse and parenting time. Read the full post »

The History and Future of Marriage Equality (With Maps)

The map of marriage equality in the U.S. is changing so fast, it’s hard to keep up. The Supreme Court denied certiorari (hearings) to the 5 states before it on Monday, October 6 2014, and the 9th Circuit struck down the bans in Idaho and Nevada on Tuesday, October 7, 2014. That brings the total number of states where gay marriage is now or will soon be legal to 35. Here’s how we got there. Read the full post »

Abercrombie Goes to the Supreme Court over Religious Discrimination

Can wearing a hijab lose you a job? At Abercrombie it can.Imagine your boss telling you to take off your cross necklace or go home. Or wearing your religious headscarf to an interview and having it cost you the job. Would you be angry? For one Muslim woman, the issue was serious enough to take it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. Read the full post »

Police Ask Victims to Prove Rape, Domestic Violence

police ask victims to prove rape, domestic violenceImagine waking up and realizing that you have been raped or sexually assaulted. Imagine the fear and confusion and shock as you try to figure out what happened and what you should do. Now imagine the police put the weight of the investigation entirely on your shoulders. What would you do? Read the full post »