MI Supreme Court to Hear Arguments on Custody Case in N. Michigan

The Michigan Supreme Court plans to hear arguments on a custody case in Northern Michigan.

They’ll consider whether it’s appropriate for judges to see conditions of someone’s home before determining their parental rights.

It comes after judge Michael Cooper in Otsego County inspected the home of a couple whose daughter has a chronic kidney disease, before taking away their parental rights.

Lawyers from both sides were with the judge, but couldn’t ask questions or explain the conditions of the mobile home.

The appeals court said the visit was illegal but they upheld the judge’s decision to take away the parents’ rights.