Mich. court debuts dedicated parenting-time docket (access required)

A specialized docket devoted exclusively to parenting-time issues is now up and running in Michigan's Wayne County Circuit Court, saving parties both time and money. A similar docket was in place several years ago but fell to the wayside when the presiding referee retired, according to Wayne Circuit Court Administrator Zenell B. Brown. The docket has been resurrected, she said, because it has been taking too long for parenting-time issues to be resolved. “When we scheduled motions across the board for all referees, they ended up coming after child-support issues and other filings, and people were having to wait a long time for a court date,” Brown said. “The judges were getting upset because parties were sometimes waiting 12 weeks for a parenting-time motion to be heard.”

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