Should Spanking Be Illegal?

Should Spanking Be Illegal?The nation is in an uproar over NFL running back Adrian Peterson’s criminal conviction for “spanking” his 4-year-old son. As reporters, psychologists, and sports casters weigh in on when and how and if corporal punishment is appropriate in disciplining one’s children. But is spanking be a recipe for an obedient child or a criminal conviction? (more…)

“Favorite Child” May Mean More Than You Think

Which one is your favorite child?Most parents will deny having a favorite child. They’ll say “I love them all equally” or “in their own way.” But research shows that how your children perceive favoritism could affect their education and even their juvenile record. (more…)

Is 50/50 Custody Best for the Kids?

Should Dads get 50/50 custody?Fathers’ rights advocates are making news, pushing for 50/50 parenting time splits in most cases. But does this kind of legal presumption serve the children or just the fathers? (more…)

A Note From Your Children About Divorce

Notes from your children about divorceDivorce is stressful for everyone. Often, you are ending one of your longest and closest relationships and splitting apart everything you own into mine and his (or hers). Imagine for a moment what your children are experiencing: two people they love most in the world are at each other’s throats. Their home is being ripped in two. So when you’re dealing the kids during divorce, remember these notes from their side: (more…)

2 Rulings, 1 Week: A Summary of the Gay Marriage Debate

7th Circuit, Louisiana rule on gay marriageThe last week has been busy for gay marriage advocates. On Wednesday, September 3, 2014, a federal district court judge in Louisiana became the first since US v. Windsor, to uphold a gay marriage ban. The very next day, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals struck down Indiana’s and Wisconsin’s bans. The two opinions provide a clear review of the debate. (more…)

While Michigan Waits, 7th Circuit Hammers Gay Marriage Ban

7th Circuit hears gay marriage cases, gives advocates reason to cheerIt as a good day for marriage equality last Thursday, August 28, 2014. Judges in the 7th Circuit put Illinois’ Solicitor General through his paces, demanding a factual basis for the state’s same-sex marriage ban. (more…)

FAQs on PPOs

What You Need to Know About PPOsA Personal Protection Order (PPO) or “restraining order” can be a powerful tool when relationships break down. But there are some things you need to know before filing or responding to a petition in Michigan. (more…)

Marriage Equality Hits the 6th Circuit Court

Last Wednesday, August 6, 2014, The 6th Circuit Court of Appeals heard 6 back-to-back cases that together could change the face of gay marriage across the Midwest. (more…)

Will My Kids Have to Testify in Court?

Do kids have to testify in court?There are lots of reasons kids get involved in court. When mom or dad come in for consultations, one question is often “will my kids have to testify?” The answer depends on the type of case, and the child’s role. (more…)

TODAY: Michigan Rallies for Marriage Equality

Marriage Equality Rallies in Michigan TodayThe Michigan Marriage Equality case will be heard tomorrow in the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals. But even if you can’t get to Cincinnati, you can still show your support at one of the rallies behind held around the state this evening. (more…)