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Drug abuse by a parent is sufficient evidence to terminate parental rights when the parent has been given an opportunity and assistance to maintain sobriety but chooses to continue abusing substances

Holding that the trial court did not clearly err in finding that § (c)(ii) was established by clear and convincing evidence, or in finding that termination was in the children's best interests, the court affirmed the trial court's order terminating the respondent-father's parental rights. The trial court found that the other condition was the father's substance abuse and that he "was given a reasonable amount of time to address this condition, but he failed to address it and there was no reasonable likelihood that father would rectify his substance abuse within a reasonable time considering" the children's ages. The court agreed. The trial court adopted the services that were recommended, but the evidence showed that he "never participated in any services offered in the proceeding." He admitted to using meth twice in 6/14, and he was arrested that month for operating or maintaining a meth lab. He never showed "that he was committed to sobriety or would be able to maintain the same outside of confinement. In fact, at the termination hearing," he said that he did not think meth "was worse than alcohol and did not participate in services while not incarcerated because he did not think he needed them." The court also rejected as meritless respondent's arguments that the DHHS failed to make reasonable efforts to help him with transportation to enable him to participate in services, and that he had family members able and willing to care for the children. Efforts were made to assist him with transportation, but there was no evidence that he made an effort to participate in the services. He gave no indication that he had family members willing to care for the children until the termination hearing. The children had been living with their maternal grandparents since 3/13, and while he did nothing to facilitate that placement, he agreed it was a good one for the children and that they were doing well there. The grandparents wanted to adopt them, and respondent's failure to comply with services indicated that termination was in the children's best interests. 

5 Common Misdemeanors Affecting People in Michigan

Originally posted on 11/08/2019 There are many different levels of crime and the consequences once someone has been charged with them. One bracket of crimes is known as a misdemeanor. Let’s go over this level of crime and some common...

PROBATE 44: The court held that the probate court did not err by declaring a will executed by the decedent invalid on the basis that she lacked testamentary capacity to execute it and that it was the product of petitioner’s undue influence.

Defendant and Decedent met in August 2017. In approximately November 2017, Decedent began talking constantly about wanting Defendant to take her to see an attorney for the purpose of changing her will. On March 19, 2018, Defendant filed a petition...

Michigan Expungement Law Updates For 2021

There has been a new laws regarding expungements for the state of Michigan.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation that expands the criteria for expungements related to traffic offenses, marijuana convictions, and minor...

Wills and Trusts

Originally posted on: 02/14/2014 Aldrich Legal Service provides legal advice and representation for residents in Plymouth, Ann Arbor, and Southeast Michigan. We also review recent legal cases to examine what took place and what we can...

REAL ESTATE 68: Holding that plaintiffs-buyers’ allegations of fraud in this case arising from the sale of a residence did not preclude the trial court from granting defendants’ motion for summary disposition based on a release, the court affirmed.

This cause of action arises from plaintiffs’ purchase of a residence from defendant, who had rights in the house under a land contract from co-defendant, the legal owner of the house. Before the house was for sale, in January 2018, an upstairs...

REAL ESTATE 65: Determining that it could not conclude the trial court erred in its factual findings, and that it did not err in reforming a 2005 deed, the court affirmed the ruling that defendants were fee simple owners of the disputed 50-foot area

This case arose from a real-property dispute between brothers, as well as their respective wives. After a bench trial, the trial court rendered its findings of fact. The trial court determined that plaintiffs did not prove that excluding the...

FAMILY LAW 58: The trial court did not err by denying defendant-father’s motion to change custody and modify his parenting time of the parties’ child without having an evidentiary hearing to determine if there was proper cause or a change in circums

This case arose from a custody and parenting-time dispute between plaintiff-mother and father over their minor child. After father failed to respond to the paternity complaint within the 21 days of receipt of the complaint, mother filed an affidavit...

DIVORCE 53: Although the court affirmed the trial court’s decisions to deny defendant’s motions to set aside the default and the default JOD, it vacated the portions of the default JOD as to the distribution of marital property, custody, parenting t

Plaintiff filed for divorce. Defendant filed an answer and a counterclaim for divorce.  Plaintiff and defendant were both ordered to appear at the settlement conference. After defendant failed to appear, the trial court entered a default. Soon...

FAMILY LAW 53: The trial court erred by treating the parties’ GAL as an LGAL and denying the parties the right to question her at a hearing; however, the trial court did not err in requiring the parties to compensate the GAL for her services.

Plaintiff and Defendant were never married, but share a young son who was born in 2016. The parties have battled over custody, child support, and other parenting issues ever since. In the spring of 2019, the parties filed competing motions to modify...

The Difference Between Theft, Robbery, and Burglary

Original Post: 1/11/2019 Often, burglary, robbery, and theft are used interchangeably even though there are distinct differences between all of them. Though, what all three do have in common is they may involve the unlawful taking of...

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