5 Tips to Divorce in a Digital Era

Divorce in a Digital EraToday’s access to social media and online records can make your divorce a lot easier, or more complicated. Here are a few things to keep in mind about getting a divorce in a digital era. Read the full post »

Federal Bill Would Protect LGBT Students Against Bullying

New Bill could protect against LGBT bullyingLast week, Representative Jared Polis introduced the federal Student Non-Discrimination Act. The bill, if passed would protect LGBT students against bullying based on sexual orientation or gender identity by tying protection to federal school funding. Read the full post »

How Will the DHS Merger Affect Michigan Families?

Governor Snyder announces DHS MergerIn Michigan’s State of the State address, Governor Snyder announced that he would be merging the Department of Human Services and the Department of Community Health in an attempt to address people, not problems. But how this merger will happen and how it will affect Michigan families remains to be seen. Read the full post »

Michigan LGBT Civil Rights Debate Heats Up – Again

LGBT Civil Rights in 20152014 was a busy year for LGBT Civil Rights. With two lawsuits for gay marriage and bills to amend Michigan’s Elliot Larsen Civil Rights Act, advocates had their work cut out for them. December didn’t end the battle. 2015 promises to heat up the LGBT Civil Rights debate – again. Read the full post »

Breaking Free From Domestic Violence Takes a Team

Escaping Domestic Violence Takes a TeamIf you know someone in a domestic violence relationship it can be hard to understand why the person won’t simply leave. But many times a successful break requires much more support than any one person, even a lawyer, can provide. Instead, it takes a team. Read the full post »

California Leads the Way on Restorative Justice

California implements restorative justice practicesEducation professionals and students’ rights advocates have been pushing for big changes in school discipline procedures, including the use of restorative justice practices. Now the results are in: California is showing the rest of the country what it takes to keep students in school. Read the full post »

Am I Allowed to Attend School Board Meetings?

Am I allowed to attend school board meetings?As a parent, you are probably very invested in your child’s education. If something unpleasant happens in the school district, you may even want to get involved. But could the administrators tell you that you can’t attend school board meetings? Read the full post »

US Supreme Court to Hear Michigan Gay Marriage Case

Supreme Court grants cert to gay marriage casesThe word came down on January 16, 2014: the US Supreme Court had granted certiorari to¬†four gay marriage cases on appeal from the 6th Circuit. But what does that mean for couples? And could the Court’s order hint at its eventual ruling? Read the full post »

Gov. Snyder Vetos Law to Give Guns to Domestic Violence Offenders

Snyder vetos gun law to protect domestic violence victimsShould having a personal protection order (PPO) or domestic violence charges against a person prevent him or her from carrying a concealed weapon? The Michigan Legislature didn’t think so, but Governor Rick Snyder disagrees. On January 15, 2015, he vetoed the bill out of concern for domestic violence victims. Read the full post »

UPDATED: Federal Court Upholds 300+ Michigan Gay Marriages

Federal Court Upholds Michigan Gay MarriagesIn March 2014, gay marriage was legal in Michigan for just about 24 hours. That day, 300+ couples hurried to get married before the Court of Appeals issued a stay on the lower court decision. Now another judge has ruled that those marriages were valid and must be recognized. Read the full post »