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Posted on: April 13, 2020

[ARCHIVED] A Message from the Court Regarding Parenting Time Orders and COVID-19

Date:  April 13, 2020

To:       Friend of the Court, Attorneys and Parties

From:  Judge Anna Marie Anzalone and Judge Michael R. Olsaver

Re:       Summer Parenting Time                                            


The question of whether or not parenting time exchanges are to continue and should summer parenting time begin now due to the Executive Order closing school buildings has been posed to the Court.

With regard to parenting time exchanges, Executive Order 2020-21 clearly states that travel is allowed as required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement.

On March 16th the Michigan Supreme Court issued a statement providing that “The Supreme Court wants to remind parents that all court orders for a child’s custody, parenting time and support are still in force. Only a new court order can change that. Parents should continue to follow their court orders.”

Summer parenting time will commence as ordered according the school calendar as if school were still in session.  Please check the school calendar for your school district.

The FAQs about Custody and Parenting Time During the COVID-19 Outbreak from the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau can be found here.

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