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Family Law

  • 2023-2024 Legislative Session

    HB4053 Public Health Code, Requirement To Register A Mother’s Husband On Birth Certificate
    HB4120 Child Protection Law, Distribution Of Training Package To Individuals Designated As Mandatory Reporters For Child Abuse
    HB4257 The Michigan Penal Code, Penalties For Parents Or Guardians Who Procure Gender Transition Surgeries Or Irreversible Hormonal Procedures For Children Under 18
    HB4258 The Code Of Criminal Procedure, References To Crime Of Child Abuse
    HB4259 Corrections Code Of 1953, References To Crime Of Child Abuse
    HB4260 An Act To Revise And Consolidate The Laws Relative To State Prisons, References To Crime Of Child Abuse
    HB4293 An Act To Prohibit The Marriage Of A Person Under 16 Years Of Age
    HB4294 An Act Establishing The Minimum Ages For Contracting Marriages
    HB4295 An Act To Provide For The Issuance Of Marriage Licenses And Certificates Without Publicity
    HB4296 An Act To Release Legally Married Minors From Parental Control & To Determine Their Marital Rights & Duties
    HB4297 Estates And Protected Individuals Code, References To A “Married Minor”
    HB4298 Safe Families For Children Act, Reference To "Marriage Of Minor Child"
    HB4299 An Act To Define The Rights And Responsibilities Of Hotels And Bed And Breakfasts, Marriage License As Documentation Of Emancipation
    HB4300 Of Divorce, Action To Annul A Marriage Based On Legal Age Of Consent
    HB4301 An Act To Establish The Status Of Minors
    HB4516 An Act To Provide For The Prevention And Treatment Of Domestic And Sexual Violence
    HB4547 An Act Establishing The Minimum Ages For Contracting Marriages, Marriage License Fee
    HB4661 The Michigan Penal Code, Setting Of Bond Related To Spousal Or Child Support Arrearage
    HB4974 The Social Welfare Act, Objection To Placements By Child Placing Agency Based On Religious Or Moral Convictions
    HB5148 Public Health Code, Requirements To Obtain Certificate Of Live Birth Of An Adult Adoptee
    HB5149 Probate Code Of 1939, Central Adoption Registry
    HB5207 A Bill To Establish And Allow For The Use Of Assisted Reproduction, Including Surrogacy
    HB5208 Public Health Code, Birth Certificates Issued For A Child Whose Parentage Is Determined Under The Assisted Reproduction And Surrogacy Parentage Act
    HB5209 The Code Of Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Guidelines For Gestational Surrogate Parentage Contracts Involving Minors Or Intellectually Disabled And For Compensation
    HB5210 Estates And Protected Individuals Code, Revise For Children Conceived By Assisted Reproduction Or Surrogacy
    HB5211 The Paternity Act, Exclude Children Conceived By Assisted Reproduction Or Surrogacy
    HB5212 Revocation Of Paternity Act, Eliminate, And Refer To The Gestational Surrogate Parenting Act
    HB5213 Summary Support And Paternity Act, Exclude Children Conceived By Assisted Reproduction Or Surrogacy
    HB5214 Acknowledgment Of Parentage Act, Exclude Children Conceived By Assisted Reproduction Or Surrogacy
    HB5215 Genetic Parentage Act, Exclude Children Conceived By Assisted Reproduction Or Surrogacy
    HB5319 Of Marriage And The Solemnization Thereof, Persons Authorized To Solemnize Marriage
    HB5407 Probate Code Of 1939, Surrender Of A Newborn To A Baby Drop Box Under Safe Delivery Of Newborn Law
    HB5610 Mental Health Code, Deadline For Mental Health Providers To Release Mental Health Records Or Information To Child Protective Service Workers
    HB5611 Child Protection Law, Continuing Education For Mandated Reporters In Child Abuse And Neglect Detection
    HJRO To Eliminate The Designation Of Incumbency On Judicial Ballots
    SB0053 Child Protection Law, Availability of Confidential Records
    SB0083 The Issuance Of Restraining Orders Prohibiting Certain Individuals From Possessing Or Purchasing Firearms
    SB0209 An Act To Prohibit The Marriage Of A Person Under 16 Years Of Age
    SB0210 An Act Establishing The Minimum Ages For Contracting Marriages
    SB0211 An Act To Provide For The Issuance Of Marriage Licenses And Certificates Without Publicity
    SB0212 Estates And Protected Individuals Code, References To A “Married Minor”
    SB0246 An Act To Release Legally Married Minors From Parental Control & To Determine Their Marital Rights & Duties
    SB0257 Revised Judicature Act Of 1961, Video Recordings Of Court Proceedings
    SB0514 Revised Judicature Act Of 1961, Fees For Transcripts
    SB0809 A Bill To Enact The Uniform Premarital And Marital Agreements Act
  • 2021-2022 Legislative Session

    HB4164 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Online Attorney Access to Court Documents
    HB4182 Probate Code of 1939, Definition of a Sibling
    HB4195 Of Divorce, Public Disclosure of Divorce Filings
    HB4226 An Act Establishing the Minimum Ages for Contracting Marriages
    HB4227 An Act to Prohibit the Marriage of a Person Under 16 Years of Age
    HB4228 An Act to Establish the Status of Minors
    HB4229 An Act to Provide for the Issuance of Marriage Licenses
    HB4640 Child Abuse & Neglect Prevention Act
    HB4653 A Bill to Create the Child Abuse Offenders Database
    HB4709 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    HB5191 Marriage & Divorce References, Foreign Marriage Act
    HB5192 Marriage & Divorce References, Marriage Licenses
    HB5193 Marriage & Divorce References, Statutes of 1846
    HB5196 Uniform Child-Custody Jurisdiction & Enforcement Act
    HB5340 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Family Treatment Court
    HB5368 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Date of Birth
    HB5443 The Michigan Penal Code, Setting of Bond Related to Spousal/Child Support Arrearage
    HB5459 Child Custody Act of 1970, Factors Determining Best Interest of Child
    HB5460 Child Custody Act of 1970, Factors Determining Best Interest of Child
    HB5464 The Social Welfare Act, Food Assistance
    HB5758 Estates & Protected Individuals Code, Allowing Electronic Signing
    HB5759 Michigan Law on Notarial Acts, Electronic Notarizations
    HB5860 The Paternity Act, Child Support
    HB5861 Support & Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    HB6290 Probate Code of 1939, Videorecorded Statements
    HB6291 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Videorecorded Statements
    HB6292 Child Protection Law, Video Recording of Child Interrogations
    HB6389 The Code of Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Guidelines
    HB6390 Public Health Code, Birth Certificate Provided to Intended Parents of Child Born Under Gestational Surrogate Parentage Contract
    HB6391 Revocation of Paternity Act, Reference to Surrogate Parenting Act
    HB6392 A Bill to Establish and Allow for Gestational Surrogacy Agreements
    SB0371 A Bill to Create the Child Abuse Offenders Database
    SB0387 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    SB0856 A Bill to Provide for the Issuance of Restraining Orders
    SB0857 An Act to Regulate the Purchasing of Firearms, Extreme Risk Protection
    SB0858 The Code of Criminal Procedure, Extreme Risk Protection Order
    SB1114 An Act to Prohibit the Marriage of a Person Under 16
    SB1115 An Act Establishing the Minimum Ages for Contracting Marriages
    SB1116 An Act to Provide for the Issuance of Marriage Licenses and Certificates
    SB1119 An Act to Establish the Status of Minors
    SB1120 Of Divorce, Action to Annul a Marriage Based on Legal Age of Consent
    SB1128 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Videorecorded Statements
    SB1129 Probate Code of 1939, Videorecorded Statements
    SB1130 Child Protection Law, Video Recording of Child Interrogations
    SB1177 A Bill to Establish and Allow for Gestational Surrogacy Agreements
    SB1178 Public Health Code, Birth Certificate Provided to Intended Parents of Child Born Under Gestational Surrogate Parentage Contract
    SB1179 The Code of Criminal Procedure, Sentencing Guidelines
    SB1180 Revocation of Paternity Act, Reference to Surrogate Parenting Act
    SJRJ Consideration of Best Interests of the Child in Child Custody Cases
  • 2019-2020 Legislative Session

    HB4074 Child Custody Act of 1970, Removing Exemptions
    HB4128 Probate Code of 1939, Parental Consent Required for Name Change
    HB4304 Support & Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    HB4305 Friend of the Court Act
    HB4329 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Transcript Fees
    HB4357 The Michigan Penal Code, Setting of Bond
    HB4469 Licensing & Regulations of Child Care Organizations
    HB4470 The Social Welfare Act
    HB4471 Probate Code of 1939, Placements by Child Placing Agency
    HB4472 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    HB5148 Probate Code of 1939, Adoptive Parents or Guardians
    HB5149 The Michigan Penal Code, Legal or Physical Custody of an Individual
    HB5417 Michigan Do-Not-Resuscitate Procedure Act
    HB5418 The Revised School Code, Regarding Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
    HB5419 Estates and Protected Individuals Code, Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders
    HB5476 Public Health Code, Patient Directives
    HB5787 Marriage License Signature Requirements
    HB5806 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Online Attorney Access to Court Actions
    HB5850 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB0070 A Bill to Create the Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0071 Michigan Election Law, Regarding Individuals in Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0072 The Revised School Code, Prohibition from Disclosing Records
    SB0073 Michigan Vehicle Code, Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0074 Enhanced Driver License, Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0075 Official Personal Identification Card, Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0209 The Michigan Penal Code, Setting of Bond
    SB0272 Licensing & Regulations of Child Care Organizations
    SB0273 Probate Code of 1939, Placements by Child Placing Agency
    SB0274 The Social Welfare Act, Child Placing Agencies
    SB0275 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    SB0463 The Michigan Penal Code, Parental Eavesdropping
    SB0790 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Video Recordings of Court Proceedings
    SB0865 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Cellular Telephones in Courtrooms
    SB0941 Child Custody Act of 1970, Requirement for Custody Orders/Parenting Time Arrangements
    SB1090 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB1091 Friend of the Court Act
    SB1107 A Bill to Create the Foster Care Task Force
    SB1187 Michigan Law on Notarial Acts
    SB1188 Uniform Real Property Electronic Recording Act
    SB1189 Estates & Protected Individuals Code, Electronically SIgning & Witnessing Certain Documents
    SB1221 Probate Code of 1939
    SJRI To Recognize the Best Interests of the Child in Child Placement
  • 2017-2018 Legislative Session

    HB4096 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Personal Protection Orders
    HB4691 Child Custody Act of 1970, Joint Custody in Every Custody Dispute Between Parents
    HB4751 An Act to Provide for the Rights & Liabilities of Married Women, Enforceability of Prenuptial Agreements
    HB4891 The Michigan Penal Code, Parental Eavesdropping
    HB4959 Of Divorce, Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
    HB5359 Foster Care & Adoption Services Act
    HB5415 Conveyance of Marital Residence
    HB6229 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    HB6230 Licensing of Child Care Organizations, Objection to Participation in Placements
    HB6231 Probate Code of 1939, Objection to Placements Based on Religious or Moral Convictions
    HB6232 The Social Welfare Act, Actions Against Child Placing Agencies
    HB6233 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof, Same-Sex Marriage
    HB6234 Marriages Solemnized in Another State, Same-Sex Marriage
    HB6235 Issuance of Marriage Licenses, Same-Sex Couple
    HB6316 Probate Code of 1939, Termination of Parental Rights
    HB6553 Right of Legislature to Intervene in Any Proceeding
    HJRLL Repealing Section 25, Article I, Recognition of Marriage
    SB0222 The Michigan Penal Code, Repeal Prohibition of Lewd and Lascivious Cohabitation
    SB0665 A Bill to Require Employers to Permit Use of Sick Leave to Address Issues Arising from Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, or Stalking
    SB0666 Michigan Employment Security Act
    SB0667 A Bill to Prohibit Local Units of Government from Penalizing or Sanctioning Tenants, Occupants, or Landlords of Rental Dwellings for Contacts made for Police or Emergency Assistance in Certain
    SB0911 Probate Code of 1939, Petition to Adopt a Child
    SB1182 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Attorney Fees
    SB1183 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Attorney Fee Awards
    SJRQ Consideration of Best Interests of the Child in all Parental Termination Cases
  • 2015-2016 Legislative Session

    HB4023 Licensing & Regulation of Child Care Organizations, Limitation of Allowable Hours Per Day
    HB4028 Public Health Code, Responsible Father Registry
    HB4071 Child Custody Act of 1970, Requirement to File Motion for Change of Custody
    HB4132 Child Custody Act of 1970, Right to First Refusal of Child Care
    HB4133 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    HB4141 Child Custody Act of 1970, Joint Custody Mandate
    HB4170 Of Divorce, Exclude Veteran Disability Compensation from Marital Estate
    HB4188 An Act to Provide for the Protection of Children Through the Licensing & Regulation of Child Care Organizations
    HB4189 Probate Code of 1939, Objection to Placements by Child Placing Agency Based on Religious or Moral Convictions
    HB4190 The Social Welfare Act, Licensure of Child Placing Agency that Objects to Placements on Religious or Moral Grounds
    HB4374 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof, Remove Prohibition on Same-Sex Marriage
    HB4375 Foreign Marriage Act, Remove Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage
    HB4376 Issuance of Marriage Licenses, Allow Issuance to Same-Sex Couple Without Publicity
    HB4411 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Housing Discrimination for Domestic Violence Victims
    HB4412 Michigan Employment Security Act, Disqualification From Receiving Benefits
    HB4413 Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence Crimes
    HB4414 Use of Sick Leave
    HB4476 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Mediation in Domestic Relations Actions
    HB4477 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Provide for Alternative Service if Party is Protected by a Protective Order
    HB4478 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Personal Protection Orders
    HB4480 Child Custody Act of 1970, Factors Determining Best Interest of Child