What are the Michigan Adoption Factors Used to Determine Whether an Adoption is Granted?

In a Michigan Adoption the Court evaluates whether to grant a adoption using certain factors which are similar to the best interests factors in child custody. Similar to custody cases, these factors focus on the best interests of the adoptee foremost and are codified in MCL 710.22(g): (i) The love, affection, and other emotional tiesContinue reading “What are the Michigan Adoption Factors Used to Determine Whether an Adoption is Granted?”

Must Michigan Courts Grant a De Novo Hearing Upon Request?

After a referee hearing in Michigan child custody matters litigants usually have the right to request a new hearing before the Judge assigned to the matter if they are not satisfied. What happens if that request is denied? Do litigants have a leg to stand on in an appeal? In a recent Michigan case, ButtersContinue reading “Must Michigan Courts Grant a De Novo Hearing Upon Request?”