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Our Concerns with HB 4691

MCEDSV’s Concerns with Presumptive Joint Custody Legislative For decades, Michigan’s family courts have placed the best interests of Michigan’s children at the forefront of any custody decisions in cases where the parents are unable to agree. Presumptive joint custody would abandon the best interest factors analysis, in favor of a “one size fits all” approach…. [ Read More ]

How to Attend Coffee Hours

First impressions matter. Take a moment for a warm greeting. Legislators meet with a lot of people. Make sure to introduce yourself and share your connection to the district (where you live or work). Stay focused. Coffee hours are on a walk-in, first-come-first-served basis for most representatives, not by appointment. Plan to speak for 5… [ Read More ]

Ridesharing Safety

Ridesharing use is on the rise. But so are reports of sexual misconduct victimizing rideshare passengers. MCEDSV believes that ending sexual violence requires both prevention through education and awareness, as well as justice for survivors of sexual abuse by holding their perpetrators accountable. Some details in the following story have been changed for privacy reasons. … [ Read More ]

Where to eat during Facing Race – Detroit

Welcome to Detroit, host city for this year’s Facing Race Conference. The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic & Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) is excited to see the diverse group of this year’s attendees. And we want you to enjoy your stay in Detroit. I don’t know about you, but activism makes me hungry. Please allow me… [ Read More ]

Know the Facts: Research on Joint Custody

Joint custody has not been shown to have a positive impact on children when it is not voluntarily agreed to by the parents. The research often used to support joint custody presumptions do not distinguish between arrangements that are voluntarily reached by the parents and those that are imposed by a court (Allen, 2014; Pruett… [ Read More ]

Committee Changes: HB 4691(H2) Compared to the Bill as Introduced

On June 20, 2017, the House Judiciary Committee passed an amended version of HB 4691 (view HERE). The Michigan Coalition to End Domestic and Sexual Violence (MCEDSV) continues to have serious concerns about this bill and strongly opposes it.  We believe that despite the changes, HB 4691(H2) still: Is dangerous for victims of domestic violence and… [ Read More ]

How to contact your representative and voice your opposition to HB 4691

Earlier this year, HB 4691(H2) passed  the Michigan House Judiciary Committee and was sent to the House floor. It is critical that legislators understand that this bill would create a “one-size-fits-all” presumption of joint physical and legal custody in all child custody cases. Here’s how you can take action to make a difference in 2 easy steps:  Find… [ Read More ]

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