On November 5, 2013, 69% of Ferndale residents approved an ordinance that decriminalizes the possession, use, and transfer of up to one ounce of marijuana by someone at least 21 years old on private property. But as with all local ordinances, there is a question about what will actually change in the city. (more…)
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Posted by Schmidt Law Services on November 14, 2013
When a court divides parenting time in divorce or custody cases, it is the parents’ voices that are heard in the court room. No one is there to speak directly for the children except in rare cases where the judge has appointed a guardian ad litem. Even so, it is up to the court to determine not what is best for the parties, but what is in the best interests of the children. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on September 5, 2013
Last week, Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt, presented Straight Talk on Gun Control at the Ferndale Public Library. A previous post described the legal landscape of gun regulations in 2012. This post will address the debate over whether more regulation is needed, and what lies ahead for Congress. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on February 28, 2013
Think it’s impossible for you to make your child or spousal support payments? You might be surprised just what lengths the Michigan Supreme Court wants you to go to before you give up. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on August 29, 2012
Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt will present Straight Talk on Child Custody on Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library. This free talk is open to the public and will last for 1 hour and include a period for questions.
Lisa J. Schmidt, who has worked as a family lawyer in several counties throughout Michigan, will demystify the custody decision process by explaining how the statutes work and who the different players are in a typical custody matter. She will also explain warning signs to watch for to know it’s time to change your custody arrangement. Child custody can be an issue in separations, during divorces, and between unmarried parents. In fact, nearly 3/4 of all family law cases involve the concept of child custody.
Child custody can be an emotional and confusing issue for many parents. Let Lisa J. Schmidt help you sort out the confusion Monday, May 21, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Ferndale Public Library.
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 17, 2012
Last week, Attorney Lisa J. Schmidt of Schmidt Law Services, PLLC, presented Straight Talk on Medical Marijuana Laws at the Ferndale Public Library. In that talk she discussed recent proposals by both legislators and the public to modify the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act and the effects these modifications may have on the ability of qualified patients to use the drug. A previous post addressed the current state of the law and its application.
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on May 4, 2012
The United States Supreme Court announced today that it would hear oral arguments in a Texas case on Affirmative Action. National Public Radio author, Mark Memmott explained in his article that the timing of the oral arguments (which are likely to occur this fall) has the potential to make this a big issue in the upcoming election. The case centers around a young woman who was not admitted into the University of Texas. She alleges that the rejection was inappropriately based on the fact that she is white. This is not the first time the Supreme Court has heard a case of what is called “reverse discrimination”, but it is possible that this time the court could rule that any inclusion of race in such determinations is unconstitutional. (more…)
Posted by Schmidt Law Services on February 22, 2012