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Family Law

  • 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
    HB4357 The Michigan Penal Code, Setting of Bond
    HB4470 The Social Welfare Act
    HB4471 Probate Code of 1939, Placements by Child Placing Agency
    HB4472 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    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
    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
    HB4481 Child Custody Act of 1970, Custody or Parenting Time
    HB4482 Child Custody Act of 1970, Requirement to File Motion for Change of Custody
    HB4622 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Personal Protection Orders for Victims of Human Trafficking
    HB4658 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Collection of Court-Ordered Financial Obligations
    HB4731 An Act to Provide for the Issuance of Marriage Licenses
    HB4732 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof
    HB4733 An Act Establishing Minimum Ages for Contracting Marriages; to Require a Civil License in Order to Marry and Its Registration
    HB4742 A Bill to Make Uniform the Laws Relating to Support Enforcement
    HB4743 Office of Child Support Act
    HB4744 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    HB4745 Friend of the Court Act
    HB4840 Probate Code of 1939, Requirement for Adoption Licensees with State Contracts to Provide Services to All Applicants
    HB4841 An Act to Provide for the Protection of Children Through the Licensing and Regulation of Child Care Organizations
    HB4842 The Social Welfare Act, Adoption and Foster Care Licensees With State Contract to Provide Services to All Applicants
    HB4845 Child Custody Act of 1970, Legal Residence Change
    HB5511 The Michigan Penal Code, Repeal Prohibition of Lewd and Lascivious Cohabitation
    HB5520 An Act to Provide that Judgments of Divorce and Separate Maintenance Shall Make Provision in Satisfaction of the Claims of the Wife
    HB5536 Child Custody Act of 1970, Parenting Time
    HB6087 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Personal Protection Orders
    HJRL To Allow the Recognition of Marriage or Similar Unions of Two People
    SB0009 Child Custody Act of 1970, Requirement to FIle Motion for Change of Custody or Parenting Time Order When Parent Called to Military Duty
    SB0227 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof, Remove Prohibition on Same-Sex Marriage
    SB0228 Issuance of Marriage Licenses, Allow Issuance to Same-Sex Couple Without Publicity
    SB0229 Foreign Marriage Act, Remove Prohibition on Same-Sex Marriage
    SB0249 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB0252 Michigan Employment Security Act
    SB0254 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Service of Papers
    SB0255 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Housing Discrimination for Domestic Violence Victims
    SB0256 A Bill to Require Employers to Permit Use of Sick Leave to Address Issues Arising from Domestic Violence
    SB0257 A Bill to Create the Address Confidentiality Program
    SB0258 Child Custody Act of 1970, Factors Determing Best Interest of Child
    SB0351 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Contacting a Party to a Divorce Action
    SB0458 Probate Code of 1939, Grounds for Termination of Parental Rights
    SB0811 A Bill to Establish Gestational Surrogate Parentage Contracts
    SB0858 Revocation of Paternity Act
    SB0925 Probate Code of 1939, Adoption
    SJRI To Allow the Recognition of Marriage or Similar Unions of Two People
  • 2013-2014 Legislative Session

    HB5463 The Paternity Act, Certain Genetic Testing Establishes Paternity
    HB5464 Genetic Parentage Act
    HB5465 Summary Support and Paternity Act
    HB5466 The Paternity Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions
    HB5467 Revocation of the Paternity Act, Consolidation of Chld Support Functions
    HB5468 The Family Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions
    HB5469 Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions
    HB5470 Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act, Consolidation of Child Support Functions
    HB5471 An Act to Establish the Status of Minors, Consolidation of Child Support Functions
    HB5472 Support & Parenting Time Enforcement Act, Alternative Contempt Track Docket
    HB5473 Revocation of Paternity Act
    HB5508 Office of Child Support Act
    HB5509 Michigan Gaming Control and Revenue Act, Child Support Arrearages
    HB5654 Address Confidentiality Program for Victims of Domestic Violence
    HB5655 Michigan Employment Security Act
    HB5656 Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act, Housing Discrimination
    HB5658 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Personal Protection Orders
    HB5659 Seizure of Firearms and Ammunition During Domestic Violence Incident
    SB0980 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Service of Papers
    SB0981 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Contacting a Party to a Divorce Action
    SB1015 Child Custody Act of 1970, Change of Custody or Parenting Time Order
    HB4054 Eligible Domestic Relations Order Act
    HB4120 Child Custody Act of 1970, Joint Custody
    HB4336 Support & Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    HB4583 Probate Code of 1939, Visitation Rights
    HB4584 Child Custody Act of 1970, Grandparenting Time
    HB4646 Probate Code of 1939, Adoption, Temporary Placement
    HB4647 Probate Code of 1939, Supervisory Period for Infants
    HB4648 Probate Code of 1939, Termination of Rights of Putative Father
    HB4659 Public Health Code, Responsible Father Registry
    HB4660 Probate Code of 1939, Putative Father Identification
    HB4661 Probate Code of 1939, Responsible Father Registry
    HB4662 Probate Code of 1939, Notice to Putative Father
    HB4724 Veteran Disability Compensation
    HB4881 Change of Name As Part of Solemnization of Marriage
    HB4909 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof
    HB4910 Certain Marriages Solemnized in Another State Recognized by this State
    HB4927 The Social Welfare Act, Objection to Placements
    HB4928 The Probate Code of 1939, Objection to Placements
    HB4991 Licensing and Regulation of Child Care Organization, Objection to Placements
    HB5082 Child Custody Act of 1970, Parenting Coordinator
    HJRV Recognition of Marriage
    SB0131 Child Custody Act of 1970, Parenting Time
    SB0325 Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act
    SB0405 Of Marriage and the Solemnization Thereof
    SB0406 Marriages Solemnized in Another State Recognized by this State
    SB0457 Probate Code of 1939, Second Parent Adoption
    SB0519 Revised Judicature Act of 1961; Fines, Costs, and Other Indebtedness to Courts
    SB0520 The Michigan Penal Code, Restitution Orders for Crime of Nonpayment of Support
    SB0521 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB0522 Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Act
    SB0526 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB0527 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Child Support
    SB0528 McCauley-Traxler-Law-Bowman-McNeely Lottery Act, Child Support
    SB0529 Office of Child Support Act
    SB0530 Friend of the Court Act
    SB0714 Uniform Collaborative Law Act
    SB0743 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Voluntary Membership in State Bar
    SJRW Recognition of Marriage
  • 2011-2012 Legislative Session

    HB5328 Acknowledgment of Parentage Act
    HB5329 The Paternity Act
    HB5682 Eligible Domestic Relations Order Act
    HB5766 Name Change Upon Solemnization of Marriage
    HB5779 An Act to Provide for Changing and Determing the Names of Divorced Women
    HB5812 Child Custody Act of 1970
    HB5986 Probate Code of 1939, Parental Rights
    HB5987 Child Custody Act of 1970, Grandparenting Time
    SB0989 Child Custody Act of 1970
    SB1000 Child Custody Act of 1970
    SB1001 Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB1005 Probate Code of 1939, Parental Rights
    SB1296 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Statute of Limitations
    SB1312 Child Custody Act of 1970, Best Interest of the Child
    HB4067 Child Paternity
    HB4068 Paternity Law
    HB4069 Paternity Law
    HB4249 Second Parent Adoption
    HB4414 Application Requirements for Marriage License
    HB4672 Division of Property in Divorce
    HB4673 Division of Property on Divorce
    HB4740 Child Custody Act of 1970
    HB4844 Revised Judicature Act of 1961
    HB4883 The Paternity Act
    HB5124 Revised Judicature Act of 1961, Concurrent Jurisdiction
    HB5163 Child Custody Act, Visitation Rights for Service Members
    HCR0011 A Concurrent Resolution for a Constitutional Amendment to Establish Fundamental Parental Rights
    SB0135 The Parental Rights Restoration Act
    SB0257 Application Requirements for Marriage License
    SB0545 Of Dviroce, Require Divorce Effects Program
    SB0546 Prerequisites for Issuance of a Marriage License
    SB0547 Child Parenting Plan
    SB0549 Requirement of Premarital Education
    SB0557 A Bill to Determine the Paternity of Children in Certain Circumstances
    SB0558 Acknowledgment of Parentage Act
    SB0559 The Paternity Act
    SB0560 Estates and Protected Individuals Code
    SB0694 Probate Code of 1939, Termination of Parental Rights
    SB0743 Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act
  • 2009-2010 Legislative Session

    HB5940 Child Support
    HB5949 Requirements for Divorce
    HB5950 Marriage License Application
    HB5951 Covenant Marriage
    SB1118 Termination of Parental Rights
    SB1119 Termination of Parental Rights
    SB1120 Termination of Parental Rights
    SB1127 No-Fault Divorces
    SB1176 Persons Authorized to Solemnize Marriage
    SB1200 Adoption
    SB1201 Paternity Rights
    SB1202 Paternity Rights
    SB1203 Adoption
    HB4005 Rights of Putative Father
    HB4015 Access to Certain Adoption Records
    HB4061 Termination of Child Support Obligations
    HB4118 Procedure for Placement of Children in a Foster Home
    HB4131 Second Parent Adoption
    HB4197 Great-Grandparenting Time
    HB4222 Personal Protection Orders
    HB4312 Adoption Leave
    HB4470 Adoption Leave
    HB4641 Domestic Violence Victims
    HB4671 Acknowledgment of Parentage
    HB4672 Provision of Certain Birth Records
    HB4704 Change of Name Procedure
    HB4794 Personal Identifying Information
    HB4795 Personal Identifying Information
    HB4796 Personal Identifying Information
    HB5114 Joint Custody
    HB5587 Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage
    HB5588 Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage
    HB5643 Adoption
    HB5715 Annual Child Support Fee
    HJRL Repeal Term Limits
    HJRNN Prohibition of Same-Sex Marriage
    SB0067 Child Support Payment from Lawsuit Settlement
    SB0068 Payment of Child Support Arrerages from Casino Winnings
    SB0099 Friend of the Court Act
    SB0100 Supporting and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
    SB0101 Friend of the Court Act
    SB0102 Driver License Suspension Due to Child Support Arrearage
    SB0103 Consolidated Fees from Divorce, Paternity, and Family Support Acts
    SB0104 Elimination of Child Support Bench Warrant Enforcement Fund
    SB0105 Collection and Distribution of Child Support Provision
    SB0106 Collection of Medical Expenses
    SB0107 Collection of Medical Expenses
    SB0185 Early Lease Termination
    SB0197 Establishing Paternity
    SB0227 Guardianship Assistance Act
    SB0458 Requirement of Presentence Report for Non-Payment of Child Support
    SB0568 Child Custody
    SB0569 Child Custody Disputes
    SB0745 Supreme Court Election Districts
  • 2007-2008 Legislative Session

    HB5598 Placement of Pets by the Court in a Divorce
    HB5761 Higher Burden of Proof in Divorce with Minor Children
    HB5993 Claim to Revoke Acknowledgment of Paternity
    HB6189 Social Security Number on Domestic Relations Order
    HB6265 Great-Grandparenting Time
    HB6281 Personal Protection Orders
    HB6571 Child Support COLA Increases
    SB1418 Coordination Between Friend of the Court and Department of Human Services
    SB1501 Child Support Payment from Lawsuit Settlements
    SB1502 Child Support Payment from Casino Winnings
    HB4140 Prohibits Award of Custody to Parent Convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct Against His or Her Child
    HB4147 Provides for Termination of Child Support Obligations When DNA Evidence Demonstrates Payer is not the Biological Parent
    HB4174 Electronic Visitation for Parents and Grandparents
    HB4259 Second Parent Adoption
    HB4521 Prohibit Inclusion of Personal Information in Judgment
    HB4522 Prohibit Inclusion of Personal Information in Order of Filiation
    HB4523 Prohibit Inclusion of Personal Information in Family Support Act Order
    HB4564 Mandate Joint Custody in Disputed Cases
    HB4566 Repayment of Child Support
    HB4731 Cohabitation
    HB4735 Foster Home Placement
    HB4736 Foster Home Placement
    HB4741 PPO: Include Animals
    HB4818 Best Interest Factors
    HB4896 Original Birth Certificate to Adopted Individuals
    HB4925 Uniform Child Abduction Prevention Act
    HB5050 Friend of the Court
    HB5245 Receiving Benefits - Domestic Violence Victim
    HB5324 Personal Protection Orders
    HB5464 Rights of Putative Father
    HB5513 Change of Name Procedure for Divorces
    HB5586 Dower Rights
    HB5587 Dower Rights
    HB5588 Dower Rights
    HJRNN Parental Rights
    SB0034 Eliminate R