It is very important that lawyers and laypersons filing objections to a referee's decision and recommendation for order and asking for a de novo review follow the procedures dictated by Michigan court rules.
The Michigan court of appeals recently released an unpublished decision affirming in part and reversing in part an award of sanctions under MCR 2.114 for bad faith pleading. The issue arose when the litigant filed a defective objection to a referee’s decision and recommendation for order, requesting a de novo hearing.
Michigan's court rules are very clear about the procedure for the filing of objections and the request of a de novo hearing. The procedure is set out clearly in Michigan Court Rule 3.215.
Note that it is well-established that sanctions are mandatory for violation of MCR 2.114, as the COA reiterates.
This opinion is well worth reviewing for its analysis of the issue so that you can avoid sanctions for filing objections that are non-conforming. The case is Salmon v Smith, Docket number 277752; the lower court is in Kent County. Read it here.
For another lower court opinion awarding sanctions for a lawyer’s failure to properly investigate existence of custody determinations in other courts prior to filing registration and enforcement papers in a court, see this opinion out of the Emmet County Circuit Court, Family Division. There is some good law cited in the opinion as well, and see the footnotes.