trust. In particular, a minister. I might offer several choices. Mom and dad can sit down together andhash through this without $300 per hour lawyers.I would just try to get a written agreement on the parenting time schedule, and volunteer to pay childsupport by the proper application of the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual.As lawyers often say, by the time they're involved, the parents have already lost. Sadly, some bad onesmake sure that's the case.Personally, I believe that the best way to solve this is for the two parents to come to a mutualagreement. I would urge you to do this as quickly as possible. Lawyers and courts are extremelyexpensive, and it's not in the interest of the children that they parents spend a lot of money on them if it's not absolutely necessary.
The Judge Can Refuse to Hear New Evidence and May Not Even Hold aHearing
Firstly, please be aware that the Judge handles "de novo" review. One of the things that's important isthat the judge can refuse to hear new evidence that was previously available to the parties before thereferee hearing, and the judge can just look at the evidence and make a “de novo” review without evenholding a hearing with the parties:Michigan Law, MCL 552.507, reads in part:
A hearing is de novo despite the court's imposition of reasonable restrictions and conditions to conserve the resources of the parties and the court if the following conditions are met:(a) The parties have been given a full opportunity to present and preserve important evidence at the referee hearing.(b) For findings of fact to which the parties have objected, the parties are afforded anew opportunity to offer the same evidence to the court as was presented to the refereeand to supplement that evidence with evidence that could not have been presented to thereferee.....(6) Subject to subsection (5), de novo hearings include, but are not limited to, the following:(a) A new decision based entirely on the record of a previous hearing, including anymemoranda, recommendations, or proposed orders by the referee.(b) A new decision based only on evidence presented at the time of the de novo hearing.c) A new decision based in part on the record of a referee hearing supplemented byevidence that was not introduced at a previous hearing.