ICLE | Michigan Family Law Benchbook, Second Edition
Michigan Family Law Benchbook, Second Edition

Get the Book the Judges Use

Prepared by ICLE for the SCAO, the Michigan Family Law Benchbook covers the family law matters that judges address. Written from the judge's perspective, it includes handy charts and scripts, along with concise summaries of the law.

With this book, you will be able to:

  • Hone your advocacy skills in divorce matters with tips from judges from around the state
  • Work more effectively with the Friend of the Court staff
  • Advise your clients using the child custody "decision tree" designed by and for judges
  • Handle paternity and parenting time issues with the benefit of judicial advice
  • See how a judge might evaluate spousal support factors
  • Apply complex Michigan and federal Indian child welfare laws

Highlights of the latest update include:

  • New legislation regarding parentage and surrogacy
  • New analysis of extreme risk protection orders
  • Updates on the appointment of standby guardians
  • New court of appeals cases on paternity, minor guardians, and more

798 pages, 1-volume, 7x10 paperback. Includes a download of forms. Current to 04/15/24. Next update June 2025. Subscription service available.

Fully searchable and continually updated. Citations link to Michigan caselaw, statutes, and court rules. Includes online index, downloadable forms, and summary of changes. Price is for a one-year subscription.

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