Deconstructing 

the opposition's case

 Barnet G. LeVine, Esq.

Explaining Family Law

 Note: the outer edges of reasonable and best interest represent the outer limits of court approved stipulations (notice, there's both plenty of latitude to consent (stipulate) to terms that exceed the reified bounds of court orders, but they cannot exceed the broadest bounds of "reasonable" and best interest (as both a practical and practice specific note, denial  of stipulations is exceptionally rare.    

Court order

Presupposes a conflict with something that would harm or endanger a child 

Expectations: practical, forgiving of minor things, and work with each other.  

Accounts for emergencies, imminent circumstances to depart from court orders (rare)

Reifies concrete rules that are "reasonable" and in the child's best interest, in light of all relevant 

circumstances...

 

Violations can be treated with a host of coercive tools that range from admonishments  to show cause hearings contempt findings and sanctions.    

 "Reasonable"

Best Interest of the child 

 The term self describes its meaning.  And the Michigan legislature offers a host of factors to litigate in the custody modification context and other instances.      

 

 Note: the outer edges of reasonable and best interest represent the outer limits of court approved stipulations (notice, there's both plenty of latitude to consent (stipulate) to terms that exceed the reified bounds of court orders, but they cannot exceed the broadest bounds of "reasonable" and best interest (as both a practical and practice specific note, denial  of stipulations is exceptionally rare.    

Explaining Family Law Breakdown

  t  The outer edges of reasonable and best interest spheres in the illustration above represent the outer limits of court approved stipulations (notice, there's both plenty of latitude to consent (stipulate) to terms that exceed the reified bounds of court orders, but they cannot exceed the broadest bounds of "reasonable" and best interest (note: as both a practical and practice specific note, denial  of stipulations is exceptionally rare)...