Study Ranks Michigan 36th on Children in Group Homes

Study shows Michigan lags in group home placementMichigan’s Child Protective Services have been under scrutiny for a long time. Now a new study from the Michigan League for Public Policy shows that the system is slipping in one important way: how many children end up in group homes. (more…)

Joint Custody: Are 2 Homes Better Than 1?

Is Joint Custody better for your child?There has been a lot of talk recently about how important two parent households are to children’s well-being. But when divorce or separation is the best choice, is there anything you can do to make the situation better for your kids? Maybe you should consider joint custody. (more…)

Review: Supreme Court Hears Gay Marriage Cases

Supreme Court hears gay marriageIt’s been all over the news: on Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard cases that could legalize gay marriage nationwide. There won’t be a ruling until June, but the question for every LGBT advocate is, “What will they decide?” (more…)

TOMORROW: Gay Marriage Goes to the Supreme Court

Gay marriage goes to the Supreme CourtTomorrow is the big day – the day when Michigan lawyers and advocates will head to the Supreme Court to make the case for (and against) gay marriage. But even as the Court weighs the future of gay marriage, legislators back home are finding new ways to make life hard for LGBT families. (more…)

Why I Can’t Answer “How Much Will My Divorce Cost?”

How Much Does Divorce Cost?If you are shopping for a lawyer, you may be getting a little frustrated that none of us attorneys will give you a straight answer on how much your will your divorce cost. Here’s why: there isn’t one. (more…)

Does Drug Use Cause Domestic Violence?

Does drug abuse cause domestic violence?Domestic violence and drug use are big problems in American family courts today. Whether they result in a change of custody, Personal Protection Order (PPO), or parental rights termination proceedings, issues of substance abuse and domestic violence loom large in a judge’s decisions about the best interests of children and families in front of them. But does one necessarily lead to the other? (more…)

The CW’s “The Flash” Stands Up For LGBT Equality (SPOILERS)

The Flash Stands Up for Marriage EqualityOne short, powerful scene in a recent episode of the CW’s “The Flash” says a lot about the importance of LGBT equality, and not just at the wedding altar. (This post will be discussing the episode, so there may be SPOILERS.) (more…)

What Ashton Kutcher’s Tweet Says About Dads’ Parenting Time

Ashton Kutcher post supports dads' parenting timeActor Ashton Kutcher has been making news lately because of a Facebook post calling out restaurants for not putting baby changing stations in their men’s rooms. The comment has renewed a valuable debate about Dads’ parenting time and what it looks like to be a father. (more…)

UPDATED: Michigan Sends Mixed Messages on Adoption

Could Michigan's New Adoption Laws Disrupt Your Family?If you are considering adoption in 2015, get ready for a bumpy ride. New legislation coming down the pipe could leave many families more confused about their rights, not less. (more…)