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 cases covering personal protection orders for emancipated minors, home state jurisdiction, established custodial environment, and modification of physical and legal custody
  • New cases involving paternity issues and spousal support issues
  • Amended court rules addressing e-filing, personal identifying information, and the Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act
  • Discussion of the differences between a lawyer–guardian ad litem and a guardian ad litem
  • New practice tips discussing motions for ex parte relief, entry of judgments in nonmilitary affidavits, deviations from the Michigan Child Support Formula, and child support software

790 pages, 1-volume, 7x10 paperback. Includes a download of drafted forms. Current to 05/01/22. Next update June 2023. 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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