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The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan. Statements made on behalf of the Section do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Bar of Michigan.

Mid-Summer Conference

    Dates: July 17-20, 2014Boyne Mountain Resort
    Location: Boyne Mountain Resort, Boyne Falls, MI
    Conference Registration: online or by mail/fax form PDF

    Hotel Registration: online or contact the resort at 800-462-6963 to reserve your room. Mention that you are with State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section to receive our special rate. To get the group rate, you must reserve with the hotel by June 11, 2014.


    Friday, July 18

    • 8:00–9:00 a.m. Breakfast for conference registrants, sponsored by QDRO Express.
    • 9:00 a.m.–Noon Friday's three seminar sessions will focus on the Intersection of Divorce and Probate. We will have "state-of-the-law" presentations by Sandra Glazier and Anthea Papista on subjects such as: statutory exemptions and allowances, GALs for adult and elder law, as well as estate tax concepts in divorce, elder care services and investment strategies for varying age groups by Bruce Knapp, Jason Leroy, Todd Moss, and John Mullins.
    • 6:00–8:00 p.m. Cocktail party for conference attendees and their guests sponsored by Doren Mayhew and Greystone Financial Group.

    Saturday, July 19

    • 8:00–9:00 a.m. Breakfast for conference registrants, sponsored by Speaker Law, PLLC.
    • 9:00 a.m.–Noon Saturday's three seminar sessions will address a variety of non-financial topics:
      • an update on the status of marriage equality in Michigan by Ric Roane and Peter Kulas
      • an update on the new Uniform Collaborative Law Act and the new Uniform Parenting Time Coordination Act by Randy Velzen
      • a look at dealing with serious mental health issues in family law cases by Jude Pereira and Rebecca Decoster of Varnum, the materials sponsor for the seminar

    All speakers will provide written materials to enhance the value of the presentations. Both days will also feature panel discussions and Q & A sessions with the presenters on the topics presented.

Annual Business Meeting

    This event is offered in conjunction with the Bar's Annual Meeting

    Date: Thursday, September 18, 2014
    Time: 9:00 a.m.–Noon
    Location: DeVos Place, Grand Rapids
    Registration is requested to allow for proper facilities planning. Visit the Bar's Annual Meeting page for more details.

Winter Conference 2015

    Dates: January 31–February 7, 2015
    Location: Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Mayan, Mexico [website]
    Registration Deadline: July 15, 2014

    Registration Form

    Named "The Top Beach" on the Travel Channel's "World's 10 Best Beaches"

    More Information

    Quite possibly the best kept secret in Mexico, Maroma Resort is a hideaway that is intent on preserving the ecology of its many acres of fine white sand beach and jungle—all the while taking individual service and luxury to unprecedented heights.

    The advanced level seminar is taught by some of Michigan's finest family law attorneys.

Michigan Bar Journal—Family Law Issue

Council Meetings

    Saturday, March 8, 2014, Double Tree, Novi
    Saturday, April 5, 2014, University Club, Lansing
    Saturday, May 3, 2014, Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor
    Saturday, June 7, 2014, Amway Hotel, Grand Rapids

    All regular, monthly Council meetings start at 9:30 a.m. and are preceded by a breakfast buffet starting at 9:00 a.m. The Annual Meeting customarily starts at 9:00a.m., with breakfast buffet at 8:30 a.m. Family Law Section members who are not Council members are welcome at all Council meetings. However, if you know you are going to attend a meeting, kindly send an e-mail in advance so we are sure to have plenty of space and food. If a presenter or member wishes access to audio-video equipment let us know 7 days in advance.

    James J. Harrington, Ill

Join the Section

    Why Join the Section? PDF by Liisa R. Speaker
    There are many intricacies of family law that require an attorney who knows his way around the court room, the referee's office, the family law statutes, the court rules, and case law. Attorneys who practice any amount of family law should join the SBM Family Law Section. [Read the Full Article PDF]

    Section Membership Application PDF

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