This information is to help you understand how the courts are responding to the coronavirus crisis, how that response impacts your family law case, and what you can do to avoid being in court after this is over.

We will post updates as we receive them, so keep checking this page. The crisis is changing daily and this page will change along with the response being implemented at federal, state, local and judicial levels. If you have questions or concerns about how the coronavirus crisis may impact your family law case, call our office at (248) 956-6933.

Updates FRom the state and courts

March 25, 2020

The Eastern District of Michigan Bankruptcy Court released a notice that a security officer tested positive at the Detroit location. Because of the positive result, the courthouse at Detroit has been closed until April 1, 2020. To read the full Executive Order, click HERE

March 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer’s Executive Order to “stay home, stay safe” provides a list of exceptions to the rules including addressing the compliance with custody orders. Section 7(b)(4) states that “individuals may also travel (1) to return to a home or place of residence from outside this state; (2) to leave this state for a home or residence elsewhere; (3) to travel between two residences in this state; and (4) as required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement.”. To read the full Executive Order, click HERE

March 23, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued an order that extends deadlines in cases. To read the full administrative order, click HERE

March 23, 2020

Governor Whitmer issued an executive order telling Michiganders to stay home, stay safe.” This order prohibits in-person work that is not necessary to sustain or protect life. There are exceptions to the order. To read the full executive order, click HERE

March 20, 2020

The AAML released a statement of guidance titled “Seven Guideline for Parents Who are Divorced/Separated and Sharing Custody of Children During the COVID-19 Pandemic” To read their guide for some tips for your questions about parenting time, click HERE

March 18, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court released an order stating that for family law matters, trial courts can only hear in-person ex parte motions “necessary for the safety and well-being of a litigant and/or children.”  All other family law matters must be heard remotely (such as by video) or be adjourned until April 3, 2020. To read the entire order and the section on family law cases about emergency motions, click HERE

March 16, 2020

The Michigan Supreme Court issued a statement that all parenting time orders are to be followed, unless modified by the trial court. To read the Michigan Supreme Court news release, click HERE

tips for parenting time 

March 27, 2020

Melissa is planning to host a Zoom video meeting to provide some general guidance to every parenting on what to do right now, how to help your children, and answer general questions. Check back for more information and check your emails over the weekend and early next week for how to sign up.


March 18, 2020

March 24, 2020

We posted a blog with tips on how to minimize the anxiety your children may be feeling during the coronavirus crisis. In the blog, we some tips for exercising parenting time and maintaining healthy relationships for children during the Stay Home, Stay Safe Executive Order. To read the full blog, click HERE

March 18, 2020

We posted a blog on what you need to know about parenting time and the coronavirus crisis. In the blog, we address the common question coming in about what to do about Spring Break. To read the full blog, click HERE