Family Law

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Handle your next divorce case effectively. This how-to guide walks you step by step through the stages of a simple or complex divorce case, from initial filing through judgment and postjudgment relief. Includes 130+ forms and checklists.

Print Book with a Download of Forms | Online Book
Popular handbook covering the 22 most common areas of Michigan practice, from real estate to divorce, employment, probate, debt collection, ADR, and more. Each chapter summarizes the law, gives practical guidance, and includes sample forms.

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Have the book the judges use. Prepared by ICLE for the SCAO and distributed to all Family Division judges, this book covers all major areas within the jurisdiction of the Family Division from the judge's perspective. Includes practice tips for judges.

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If you handle any family law matters in Michigan, you'll want this book. Covers all major areas of practice, including divorce, child custody/parenting time, postjudgment matters, adoption, and child protection. Includes forms, motions, and checklists.

Follow a custody determination from intake through judgment in this online training. Watch a pretrial FOC hearing. See how expert litigators construct briefs, present evidence, draft a judgment, and more. Test your skills with hands-on exercises.

Join your colleagues in this systematic training program developed in cooperation with the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan. Personalize the program to suit your needs and walk away with a Certificate suitable for framing.

Judges and litigators demonstrate hearings in this online training: show-cause, modification (threshold and evidentiary), and move away. Test your skills with hands-on exercises. Get charts on legal standards, challenging judgments, and local practice.

Upcoming Seminars
Live 10/19/23 | On-Demand Seminar
Top practitioners show you how to draft a sound pre- or postnuptial agreement; modify the agreement; and skillfully litigate marital agreement disputes. Explore the ongoing impacts of Allard v Allard. Draft language that covers any development.

Live 11/16-17/23 | Electronic Materials
Hear from 10 Michigan judges, including Judge Janice K. Cunningham and Justice Megan K. Cavanagh. Connect with 500+ colleagues. Get caselaw updates. Navigate child support, spousal support, and gray divorces. Brush up on evidence, discovery, and more.

Live 03/05/24
Learn the best solutions to the range of issues found when property is divided during a divorce using a hypothetical case study as part of this livestreamed workshop in the Family Law Certificate Program.

On-Demand Seminars
Presented 02/23/21 | On-Demand Seminar
High-conflict divorce cases are known to expose parties' mental health issues. This can stymie lawyers' efforts to find a quick resolution. Get expert advice on how you can identify and address these issues early in a case for the benefit of everyone.

Presented 04/06/23 | Webcast |
Experts guide you through the maze of law and procedural steps so you can provide thoughtful, sensitive advice to clients. Identify key provisions in the adoption code; explain types of surrogacy arrangements; advise clients on paternity issues; and more.

Presented 10/24/22 | On-Demand Seminar
Our expert discusses strategy development when civil contempt is an issue in family law cases as well as how to draft, prepare, and represent a client during motion to enforce and motion to show cause hearings.

Presented 09/23/21 | On-Demand Seminar
LGBTQ couples still have unique family law issues that were not resolved when same-sex marriage was legalized. Our expert discusses the status of the case law and provides best practices when working with LGBTQ families.

Presented 06/01/21 | On-Demand Seminar
Cases involving divorce and bankruptcy will likely pose unique challenges. Our experts offer some guidance for the family law lawyer facing challenges with a spouse or former spouse of a client in bankruptcy.

Presented 04/01/22 | On-Demand Seminar
Improve your drafting with expert advice. Maximize discovery requests, take home 35 interrogatories to comply with discovery rules, get sample language for your next ex parte order, use best practices for drafting support orders, and more.

Posted 12/22/21 | On-Demand Event
Hear straight from judges, including Hon. Janice K. Cunningham. Get ahead of the curve on the new parenting time guidelines. Refresh yourself on the rules of evidence. Take away the latest thinking on COVID 19-related issues.

Presented 11/18/22 | Electronic Materials
Join the Michigan family law community for practical insight from judges, including Hon. Janice K. Cunningham’s caselaw update. Dive into everything from cyberstalking to spousal support. Grasp discovery and negotiation techniques when there’s deceit.

Presented 04/17/23 | On-Demand Seminar
Sharpen your litigation skills in family law cases from initial consultation to posttrial, including working with scheduling orders, preparing documents and exhibits, identifying appropriate witnesses, and preparing your client for court.

Presented 07/06/22 | On-Demand Seminar
Our experts provide insight into major cases, court rule amendments, and administrative orders that occurred in the past year as well as provide practical advice to assist family law attorneys regarding zoom hearing and pandemic-related family law issues.

Presented 07/18/23 | On-Demand Seminar
Get family law case updates from the Michigan Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, and see how they will impact your practice. Our experts break down cases on custody and parenting time, change in domicile, child and spousal support, and property issues.

Presented 11/11/21 | On-Demand Seminar
Experienced practitioners share their knowledge through real-life, practice-proven approaches. This seminar provides all the essential tools to successfully handle divorce cases, from creating a streamlined intake process to drafting complete pleadings.

Presented 02/07/22 | On-Demand Seminar
Adoptions involving guardians have an extra step that practitioners can miss. Our expert offers information and guidance on securing probate court authorization, terminating parental rights, and maneuvering through different local rules.

Presented 10/13/22 | Webcast |
New to family law? Get up to speed on the latest in child custody, support, and parenting time. Experts give you all you need to advise your clients on these complex issues.

Presented 04/30/21 | On-Demand Seminar
Tackle hotly contested divorce issues and get the best results for your clients. Hear from an all-star faculty on determining property distribution, understanding property value, drafting for enforceability, and more.

Presented 11/08/21 | On-Demand Seminar
Foster v Foster I overturned long-standing caselaw and reinforced federal preemption. Foster v Foster II is pending. Anticipate the impact of these decisions. Get tips on handling military divorces with disabled veterans.

Presented 12/12/22 | On-Demand Seminar
Get a new perspective on the retroactivity of the 2019 no-fault amendments, priority rules for minors of divorced parents, assignment of benefits issues, and more. Hear insights into recent appellate decisions impacting your no-fault practice.

Presented 09/18/23 | On-Demand Seminar
Friend of the Court (FOC) offices vary across the state. Hear from four different FOC offices on how they handle motions and investigations, alternative dispute resolution, custody and parenting time, support, and postjudgment and enforcement.

Presented 09/01/21 | On-Demand Seminar
Tackle family law tax issues. Get tips from top tax experts on everything from using Section 71 payments to tapping retirement funds. Draft your next judgment of divorce to include key QDRO language. Recognize the best strategies for your clients.

Presented 07/17/23 | On-Demand Seminar
Understand the potential issues following the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Dobbs v Jackson Women's Health Org. Our experts discuss how Dobbs impacts abortion and other legal issues related to minors, same-sex marriages, and criminal law.

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