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When parents get divorced or split up, the biggest question is usually: Who gets the kids?

Most child custody cases are settled outside the courtroom. But when parents can’t agree, it’s up to a family court judge to decide.

A bill introduced Wednesday in the State House would issue new guidelines about how judges make those decisions.

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MONROE, Mich. (AP) - A judge is urging two women in southeastern Michigan to reach a compromise in a dispute over rights to children after a broken relationship.

  Jennifer Zunk isn't legally recognized as a parent because she didn't give birth to the two children. Her former partner, Dr. Carin Hopps, is seeking to end Zunk's limited guardianship.

  Zunk and Hopps ended their 15-year relationship in 2015. They never married but had a civil union in Vermont.

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An attorney is looking for parents in Flint who may have lost custody of their children after having their water shutoff.

Attorney Valdemar Washington is heading a class action lawsuit against the city of Flint. The lawsuit seeks damages for the city’s sky high water rates.

Washington says he’s heard stories of child protective services allegedly removing children from Flint homes after the city shutoff water service because the family failed to pay their water and sewer bills.

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Michigan soldiers and sailors may soon have new protections in child custody cases.

ADRIAN, Mich. (AP) - A Michigan judge has called a time-out in a child custody dispute involving a sailor aboard a U.S. submarine.

Lenawee County Judge Margaret Noe released an order Sunday, delaying some matters until at least Oct. 22.