Is It Okay to Say “No Thanks” to Custody?

It is ok for moms and dads to say no thanks to custodyA divorce without kids is all about dividing assets and debts, but as soon as kids get involved, custody inevitably becomes the big issue. So what do you do if you are a parent who doesn’t want custody? Is it okay to say “no thanks”? (more…)

In Revocation of Paternity Cases, Conception Date is Key

Conception date is key to a biological father's rights under the Revocation of Paternity ActWhat does it matter whether a child was conceived during or after a marriage? Doesn’t the Revocation of Paternity Act erase that difference? A recent Court of Appeals decision says the conception date is the key to determining a biological father’s right to seek paternity. (more…)

6th Circuit Judges Won’t Rule for Marriage Equality, But They Might Vote For It

6th Circuit Upholds Gay Marriage BansLate on Thursday, November 6th, 2014, the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals made history by being the first court of appeals to uphold a gay marriage ban since the Supreme Court struck down DOMA. The decision may force the Supreme Court to decide the issue sooner than it would have liked. (more…)

Your Vote Tomorrow Could Change Marriage Equality

file0001083121666The President may not be up for a vote, but with governors, representatives, and judges on the ballot, tomorrow’s election could change the climate of marriage equality in Michigan. Find out where they stand and then look up where to vote before the polls open in the morning. (more…)

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: (more…)

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. (more…)

‘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”? (more…)

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. (more…)

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. (more…)

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? (more…)