The Michigan Supreme Court, on June 20, 2012, in lieu of granting leave to appeal, reversed a March 2012 decision by the Court of Appeals in a case involving a mother's motion to relocate with the parties' minor child from Northern Michigan to Fayetteville, Arkansas, and reinstated the trial court's decision denying Mother's motion. What happened in this case illustrates the danger of committing to a move without having the agreement of the other parent.
Unfortunately, Mother committed to the move prior to obtaining a decision from the trial court and Father opposed the move. Mother's move was related to a lateral transfer with the company she worked for with a slight raise in salary, a signing bonus, and her claim of future possible advancement.
The C of A opinion reversing the trial court may be read here. Download Peck v Peck The dissenting opinion can be read here. Download Peck v Peck Dissent The Supreme Court's Order granting Mother's motion for immediate consideration and reversing the C of A for the reasons stated in the dissenting opinion may be read here. Download Peck v Peck,SCt . The supreme court reversed and reinstated the trial court's decision for the reasons set forth in the dissent.