Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt Warns Attorneys of Child Support Loophole

Mail requirement creates child support loopholeEarlier this year, Michigan passed two new paternity laws that make it easier for state agencies to connect parents in need with child support from their former partners. Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt explains why that may not always be a good thing. Read the full post »

After the Divorce: Joint Legal Custody

Joint Legal Custody after DivorceThe divorce is over. The Judgment is signed. Now what do you need to do to take care of your kids? What does it mean to have joint legal custody after the divorce? Read the full post »

Disrupting Class or Resisting Arrest?

Last week, social media was enraged by the conduct of one police officer in one school with one student. But despite the statement of the Sheriff who fired him, this wasn’t ultimately about policy. It’s about the ever shrinking line between disrupting class and resisting arrest. Read the full post »

After the Divorce: Financial Beneficiaries

Who is your financial beneficiary after a divorce?Once your Judgment of Divorce has been signed and the case is closed, you may be ready to move on with your life. But neglecting the final steps of putting your divorce into action could be a time-consuming and costly mistake. Read the full post »

School Shootings and the Problem With School Security

School Shootings and the Problem with School SecurityOver the last two weeks the news once again was filled with stories of yet another school shooting. A gunman brought several weapons to Umpqua Community College where he killed 10 students and injured seven more. Whenever these tragic stories hit the news, we as a country tend to react by throwing more security into the schools to try to shield our young people from such violence. But is it working? Or are we doing more harm than good? Read the full post »

A Muslim Student, a Clock, and a Lesson on School Justice

A Muslim Student, a Clock, and a Lesson on School JusticeA young Muslim student was arrested and suspended recently when an English teacher thought a homemade clock looked like a bomb. The incident raised concerns of discrimination and Islamophobia. But what is the arrest telling the students of MacArthur High School about school justice? Read the full post »

Do Long Jail Sentences Prevent Juvenile Crime?

Do Longer Jail Sentences Prevent Juvenile Crime?A teen breaks the law, gets caught, is arrested and eventually goes to jail (specifically a juvenile detention center). What is it that keeps him from doing it all over again once he is released? Will a longer jail sentence set her straight? A new Department of Justice report says no. Read the full post »

Religion, the Constitution, and Kim Davis

Religion, the Constitution, and Kim DavisI was going to leave it alone. I was going to let Kim Davis’s protest of the United States Supreme Court’s gay marriage decision go without comment, figuring it would work itself out eventually. Then she ignored a court order and was held in contempt and her supporters began yelling about religious persecution. Read the full post »

Michigan's New Sentencing Rules Aren't Better for Defendants

Defendants question benefit of new Michigan Sentencing lawMichigan defendants face a new level of uncertainty when they walk into criminal court for sentencing. The state Supreme Court’s decision may have been based on defendants’ right to a jury trial, but it doesn’t protect them from judicial discretion. Read the full post »

Gay Marriage Meets the Revocation of Paternity Act

Gay Marriage and the Revocation of Paternity ActThe public face of the marriage equality movement has always been about the dignity and respect due to gay and lesbian couples. Behind the scenes, though, there are thousands of state and federal laws that are affected by expanding the definition of marriage, including the Michigan Revocation of Paternity Act. In the next few years, the courts are going to be asked to figure out how the law works in same-sex marriages. Read the full post »

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