In 2014, I served on a team of devoted lawyers and mediators to help advocate for a new court rule to create a less adversarial approach to filing paperwork with the court. On September 20, 2018, the Michigan Supreme Court issued an Order to help create my new favorite court rule, MCR 3.223 Summary Proceeding for Entry of Consent Judgment or Order. This new rule became effective on April 1, 2019, and allows a joint petition to be filed with the court requesting a final hearing without the typical pretrial requirements. After 60 days have passed, a hearing may be scheduled for both petitioners to attend and provide the necessary testimony for entry of the signed court documents. To learn more about the joint filing petition and process, contact our office at (248) 587-7888.