Effective February 2, 2009, all newly-filed divorce cases with minor children filed with the Kent County Circuit Court (17th Circuit Court) will be part of a pilot project that will continue for a minimum of 6 months. The purpose of the pilot project is to study the effectiveness of using of non-adversarial language in pleadings, judgments, and orders, and the effectiveness of a proposed provision for inclusion of parenting time plans, particularly in relation to the just, speedy, and economical determination of the actions involved in the pilot project and the reduction of post-judgment litigation. For the duration of the pilot project the forms and procedures printed in Michael Maran’s Michigan Divorce Book – with minor children are not valid for use in Kent County.
Information about the project — including tips for navigating the pilot project and answers to frequently asked questions — is available online at www.accesskent.com/CourtsAndLawEnforcement/17thCircuitCourt/cpp_default.htm. There is also a list of downloadable court forms in PDF format which can be printed from the internet. According to the Legal Assistance Center this is only a partial list of the necessary forms. Packets containing the additional forms needed (but not available online) are available for a cost of $7.50 from the Legal Assistance center; the complete packet of approved forms is available for $15. More information and assistance is available from the Legal Assistance Center (http://www.legalassistancecenter.org phone 616-632-6000). Financially eligible persons may also be able to get help from Legal Aid of West Michigan (http://www.legalaidwestmich.org phone 616-774-0672; toll free 800-442-2777.)
The pilot project affects only Dissolutions of Marriage within Kent County. Residents of other counties will still be able to use the forms and procedures as printed in the most recent edition of the book.
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