In Weiss v Gross, Docket No. 308804, Decided July 17, 2012 [Unpublished], the court of appeals affirmed the trial court's denial of the mother's request to change the child's school district. The mother attempted to present the case as quite similar to the Pierron v Pierron factual situation. She claimed that the 25 mile move would not have any impact on the established custodial environment ("ECE"). [In Pierron, the change in school resulted in a 60 mile distance between the mother's house and the father's house, yet did not result in a change in the ECE.]
The COA, however, noted that the trial judge's decision (Judge David Hoort in the Ionia Family Court) recognized some disparities between this case and Pierron. The COA also examined this case in light of the published decision in Gagnon v Glowacki, 295 Mich App 557, __ NW2d __ (2012) and upheld the trial court's denial of the mother's motion to change schools.