It is now clear that the economic misery occasioned by the coronavirus pandemic, and the government’s response to the pandemic, will be a disaster in itself, entailing severe economic contraction and perhaps even significant deaths from suicide, impoverishment, overwork, crushing obligations, and feelings of despair.[1] As a result of the anticipated economic train wreck,  U.S.…

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A new executive order issued by Governor Gretchen Whitmer is great news for those in need of legal services.  Executive Order 2020-41 allows for the signing, witnessing, and notarization of legal documents to be done without the need for everyone to be in the same room. What Does This Mean? In the state of Michigan,…

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Your first priority is to keep your children (and you and rest of your family) safe.  There is no “official” guidance regarding strictly following (or not) existing parenting plans.  The Governor’s office has clarified that the Stay Home Stay Safe order does NOT change the terms of existing parenting plans. Mike Faulk, a spokesperson for…

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Binding Arbitration

If you have been told that your Motion, Settlement Conference, or Trial has been cancelled and that the court is only going to hear “emergency” issues, you might feel as if you have no options.  Many of you might already have waited weeks, months, or even more than a year.  The prospect of many more…

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On April 2, 2020, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued an executive order closing all Michigan schools for the remainder of the school year.  As with many executive orders stemming from the COVID-19, parents are left to figure things out as they go.  For separated parents with parenting time orders in place, wading through the dos…

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Delays in the Court process are prejudicial and often result in oppressive pretrial incarceration, anxiety and mental anguish for the accused, and the possibility that the accused’s witnesses will be impaired by dimming memories resulting in the loss of exculpatory evidence. These are among the reasons why even those accused of the most serious crimes…

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Court Room

The passage of the coronavirus relief bill brought a bit of relief to many who are facing financial hardships as COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc on the economy.  The direct cash payments that are intended to help people through the crisis are expected to be sent soon; however, those who have child support arrears are…

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The novel Corona virus has had a rippling effect throughout the country. Montana continues to report new positive cases daily. New protective measures and directives have been released by Montana’s Courts and local governments. Most recently, Governor Bullock issued a “Directive Implementing Executive Orders 2-2020 and 3-2020 providing measures to stay at home and designating…

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Covid-19 has created a million questions and worries for parents throughout the county. One question that we at Gravis Law have seen repeatedly is: Do parents who are separated need to continue to follow parenting time orders from the courts? Now that many states are under stay at home orders, the questions around parenting time…

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On March 27, 2020, the President signed House Bill 748 – Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economics Security Act or CARES Act into law. The CARES Act consists of relief for small businesses, relief for and temporary changes to unemployment insurance benefits, individual recovery rebates, credits and deferred payment of certain employment taxes, various sections addressing…

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