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The Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan provides education, information, and analysis about issues of concern through meetings, seminars, this site, public service programs, and publication of a newsletter. Membership in the Section is open to all members of the State Bar of Michigan. Statements made on behalf of the Section do not necessarily reflect the views of the State Bar of Michigan.

Family Law Section on SBM Connect

The Family Law Section has launched a new website for its membersSBM Connect. This private community will enhance the way we communicate and build relationships through the Section. Log in to SBM Connect today and see what the buzz is all about!

  • ACCESS to archived seminar materials and the Family Law Journal
  • FIND upcoming Section events
  • NETWORK via a comprehensive member directory
  • SHARE knowledge and resources in the member-only library

SBM Connect will eventually replace the current section website. Both websites will run concurrently to allow you time to discover the new tools and features available to members.


Handling Property Division & Spousal Support Issues

    Cosponsored with ICLE

    Date: Tuesday, January 20, 2014
    Time: 9:00–5:00 p.m.
    Location: The Inn at St. John's, Plymouth [Directions]
    Register with ICLE

    Property division and spousal support issues are often hotly contested and difficult to resolve in a divorce proceeding. Learn how to effectively approach these issues and get the best results for your client from this highly-skilled faculty.

Winter Conference 2015

    Dates: January 31–February 7, 2015
    Location: Maroma Resort & Spa, Riviera Mayan, Mexico [website]
    Registration Deadline: July 15, 2014

    Registration Form

    Named "The Top Beach" on the Travel Channel's "World's 10 Best Beaches"

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    Quite possibly the best kept secret in Mexico, Maroma Resort is a hideaway that is intent on preserving the ecology of its many acres of fine white sand beach and jungle—all the while taking individual service and luxury to unprecedented heights.

    The advanced level seminar is taught by some of Michigan's finest family law attorneys.

Michigan Bar Journal—Family Law Issue

Council Meetings

    Saturday, December 6, 2014, Kellogg Center, East Lansing
    Saturday, January 24, 2015, Kellogg Center, East Lansing
    Saturday, March 7, 2015, Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor
    Saturday, April 11, 2015, Double Tree Hilton Hotel, Novi
    Saturday, May 2, 2015, Amway Hotel, Grand Rapids
    Saturday, June 6, 2015, Weber's Inn, Ann Arbor

    All regular, monthly Council meetings start at 9:30 a.m. and are preceded by a breakfast buffet starting at 9:00 a.m. The Annual Meeting customarily starts at 9:00a.m., with breakfast buffet at 8:30 a.m. Family Law Section members who are not Council members are welcome at all Council meetings. However, if you know you are going to attend a meeting, kindly send an e-mail in advance so we are sure to have plenty of space and food. If a presenter or member wishes access to audio-video equipment let us know 7 days in advance.

    James J. Harrington, Ill

Join the Section

    Why Join the Section? PDF by Liisa R. Speaker
    There are many intricacies of family law that require an attorney who knows his way around the court room, the referee's office, the family law statutes, the court rules, and case law. Attorneys who practice any amount of family law should join the SBM Family Law Section. [Read the Full Article PDF]

    Section Membership Application PDF

Calendar of Section Meetings & Events



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