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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: My son wasn't put on his daughter's birth cert & now the birth mom is denying all visits & communication for no reason.

My son's (he is 19 years old) daughter is almost 17 months old & we have had her almost every weekend since birth, including 3-4 separate times when her mother left her with us for 7-10 days while she was out of state. Her mom abruptly stopped visits but since my son is not on the birth cert, he... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Feb 22, 2020

Your son will need to start a paternity action to establish paternity. If you search on the State Court Administrator's Office website, you'll find the forms to fill out. You are right that establishing paternity alone will not change custody. Your son will then need to petition for custody and... Read more »

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Q: Regarding paternity and custody

My 25 yr old son was in a relationship, woman said he was the father of baby. They broke up in May 2019 and she will not have anything to do with us or him. No communication at all. He truly needs help and does not have much money. Can he get a legal aid attorney and how? He wants to be in the... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 22, 2020

Many courthouses have a legal assistance center or otherwise a place where they have forms available for these sort of matters and have staff able to assist in filling them out appropriately. Do that and get this matter before a judge. Continued communication with this woman is unlikely to yield... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Our court order says “parenting communication is strictly between parents” no third party contact unless emergency...

Can my wife go to doctors appointments, school conferences or is that going against “no third party contact” and “parenting communication strictly between parents”

Tammy Lyn Wincott
Tammy Lyn Wincott answered on Jan 17, 2020

Generally that means that the parents should communicate directly with each other and not boyfriends/grilfriends or new spouses.

Both parents should be involved in the childrens education and health regardless of whether you are still together or not. It is in the best interest of the...
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1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I move out of state with my kids when I just filed for divorce?

I filed Jan 3rd and have tried to get him to agree to letting me move just outside of michigan. I cant file a motion because I dont have the money for a lawyer to do it. I just want to know if I can get in trouble if I move with them anyways!

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 12, 2020

Yes, the move could be used against you. Not wise to do so. If you cannot afford a lawyer at the moment, you should check in to your local legal aid office. Or, your courthouse may have a legal assistance center with forms available to file the required motion on your own.

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Q: The opposing party filed a lying objection to the investigators recommendations to the judge. Should I file a response

This is for a custody battle. The investigator recommended I get full custody.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Jan 5, 2020

You may, although by filing an objection, a hearing will be set where both sides may present evidence.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Child Support, Family Law and Bankruptcy for Michigan on
Q: How can I respond to a child support case in a county 2 hours away where I barely can make it to? My child was not conc

Not conceived in this county. This is where her mother moved.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Dec 17, 2019

You will have to get the Addresses and correspond with them by mail.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Can i file a motion for custody within the child's home state, but from a different county within that state?

I live in central Ohio, my ex lives in northern Michigan with my children. I would like to file the custody motion from a different county in Michigan so that me and my ex both travel the same distance. Otherwise, I have to travel 8 hours one way and he only travels 15 minutes. I end up having to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 7, 2019

No. Venue - or the proper court to file - typically depends on what county the child resides in. There are some other factors that help determine venue. But you certainly cannot file in a county just because it happens to be a halfway point, as that court would have no jurisdiction.

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Q: Through home paternity test I learned that my son (17) is not mine. I have full custody as bio mom lives in another

State and does not pay any required child support. Is there any legal action I should consider taking.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 7, 2019

Not really. The Revocation of Paternity Act essentially has a 3 year time bar. At 17 years old, your case is well beyond that. And with you having full custody, I would imagine even if some form of relief were possible to get in front of a judge, a court would find that it's in the child's best... Read more »

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Q: If I voluntarily gave custody to fictive grandparents, can I get custody back of my daughter without going to court?

Last year I gave custody of my daughter to fictive grandparents due to health care reasons. There is a custody order. I am now wanting to get custody back, am I able to without going to court? What first steps should I take?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Dec 5, 2019

You will need to go to court even if these grandparents agree.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: How long do I have to ask my son's father if he will be taking him for his court ordered parenting time?

I was granted full physical and legal custody of my son. We agreed that my son's father would have supervised visits for 2 hours every Friday. The first visit I was supposed to drop him off then he would pick him up from then on. I have contacted him every Friday since to see if I should drop him... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 25, 2019

You can and probably should file a motion with the court asking to modify the parenting time order and cite his missed visits. Until a court says otherwise, you have an obligation to make the child available.

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Q: Not married, domestic violence from father can I get full custody of our children
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 22, 2019

We'd need a lot more facts to even hazard a guess. Custody is determined by 12 "best interest" factors; domestic violence is part of one factor.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Child Support for Michigan on
Q: in the state of mi can a mother keep the child from the father because child support has not been paid
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 22, 2019

Absolutely not. Child support does not buy parenting time.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: i have a court date for child custody how do i go around to talk about how he abuse me should i print the text msg?

i also have two police reports should i get that too? he wants joint legal and physical and i want joint legal and sole physical we live in different county, and how do i file my respond complaint?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Nov 2, 2019

Police reports would be most helpful, perhaps. But the relevant inquiry is to what extent the child has been exposed to domestic violence, or to what extent either parent can foster a healthy parent relationship between the child and other parent.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: What can I legally do as the childs father?

My child is 12 years of age, her mother and I have joint physical custody. Her mother does not take her parenting time and sends our child to her grandparents house on her weeks. When she does have our child she misses school quite often she also has not reported to the Friend of the Court that she... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Oct 31, 2019

You can find a motion to change parenting time, or possibly custody, particularly with regard to the child missing school while in her care. You will, of course, need to document these concerns - particularly with regard to drugs in the home.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Michigan on
Q: Can I change my kids last name from my maiden name to my married name. I have soul and legal custody
Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 26, 2019

No, and particularly not if you and your new spouse are not doing a step-parent adoption.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: Can I lose sole custody of my 15-year-old son?

My son moved with me 5 years ago from Michigan to Wisconsin and it was court approved. Since living in WI he has made great friends, plays in sports he never did before, and has great grades in school. Back in December of 2018, my son told an older cousin of his back in Michigan that he wanted to... Read more »

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 26, 2019

This being in the midst of a school year, I doubt a judge would order a change at this point. However, your son is 15, old enough and hopefully mature enough for a judge to take his opinion seriously. If he wants to move back to Michigan, and can articulate valid reasons (besides "Dad lets me party... Read more »

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Q: How long do I have to wait for a parent pickup for parenting time

My son has every other weekend and Wednesday’s for 3 hours with his dad and his dad has not picked him up one weekend and picked him up on day 2 the next weekend. Can he just pick him up whenever he wants or is there a time limit to him losing his weekend?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 26, 2019

You should contact the Friend of the Court in your county, or a local family law attorney who practices regularly in those courts to determine what the local standard is. In a lot of places, 30 minutes is considered a reasonable amount of time to wait around; anything more and you can safely assume... Read more »

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Q: I just had a set of twins just over a month ago, the maconiam came back with just a slight trace of methamphetamin

The cps investagator says i need to do random drugscreens for 90 days and be supervised, i dont think there is a court order or warrant for this. I am not a criminal or felon, can she make me do this legally? I need to speak to a vanburen county lawyer but no money, who do i call? Help please

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Sep 10, 2019

You do not want to be in a position where a court is ordering you to do this. And best believe that if there is a positive test result from the birth, and CPS is involved, that would be the next thing to happen through the filing of a petition in family court. It sounds like CPS is asking you to do... Read more »

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Q: The mother of my 3 year old daughter is trying to take me to court so my daughter will no longer be able to see my

My fiancé is that even possible?

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 20, 2019

It's possible. Especially if your fiance has any substance abuse or criminal history.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Michigan on
Q: What can I do about him not being my biological son but I have been there for his whole life.

My ex just did a paternity test for my son and I and it came back I am not his father. I on his birth certificate. I have been there since day 1.

Brent T. Geers
Brent T. Geers answered on Aug 20, 2019

Until there is a legal change in your status, you are the father regardless of what a test indicates. That test could be used as a basis to revoke your paternity, though.

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