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Acknowledgement of Parentage and Custody: AG Opinion
Attorney General Opinion which affirms that an executed acknowledgement of parentage gives the mother custody and concludes that law enforcement may rely on the acknowledgement as establishing the mother's custody.

The following model brief was written by William Berndt, a third year law student in the Michigan Clinical Law Program, in response to numerous requests from members of the Family Law Task Force for assistance in writing a brief requesting that the court deny joint custody in situations involving domestic violence.

Common Legal Cites for Family Law
Quick reference of common legal citations in Michigan Family Law.

For for use by clients and advocates where notice is required under MCR 2.004.

Instructions for use by clients and advocates where notice is required under MCR 2.004.

Custody law is a mixture of statutes, case law, court rules, tradition and local county procedures. Both its' substantive and procedural provisions are mixed together, and jurisdictional issues are ill-defined.

Presumption of Joint Custody (HB 5267) Introduced in Michigan
The bill creates a presumption of joint custody and requires courts to order joint physical and legal custody with some exceptions.

Selected portions of a sample brief written by Miriam Aukerman of Legal Aid of Western Michgian.