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Family Law

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Family Law

Michigan family law is complex and constantly evolving. You need an experienced attorney who understands the issues surrounding any legal matter involving families, couples and children.
We help clients face important and emotional decisions in in their lives by providing professional and compassionate legal guidance. Our attorneys represent clients on a variety of family law issues, including, but not limited to:
  • Adoption
  • Divorce
  • Mediation
  • Legal Separation
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Parenting Time
  • Alimony
  • Child Support, Spousal Support and Alimony
  • Domestic Violence
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Dealing with family legal issues can be one of the most stressful and sensitive times in a person’s life. Whether you are considering a separation, have questions about legal rights or are seeking to finalize an adoption, our experienced family law attorneys are here to help.

Divorce

Michigan has certain divorce laws and procedures that need to be followed. Michigan is a “no fault” divorce state, meaning that a resident of Michigan can obtain a divorce without establishing that the other party did something wrong. The court can grant a divorce if it finds that "There has been a breakdown in the marriage relationship to the extent that the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved." While a determination of fault is not necessary to obtain a divorce, the judge can consider fault if you and your spouse disagree about custody of your children or about how to divide your property.  

In order to file for divorce, you must have been a resident of the state of Michigan for at least 180 days and must have resided in the county where the divorce complaint is filed for a least 10 days prior to filing.

During the divorce proceedings, marital property and debt acquired during the marriage will be divided fairly. The court will also decide if you or your spouse will pay spousal support (alimony). Alimony can be temporary or permanent, or can be paid all at once in a “lump sum.” If there are minor children, the court will also make determinations regarding custody. Custody decisions are based on the “best interests of the child.” In addition, if one parent is given sole custody, the court will also make decisions regarding parenting time and child support for the other parent.

Michigan divorce laws intend that the Plaintiff and the Defendant receive a fair divorce. Hiring an experienced divorce attorney is the best way to ensure that this happens.

Child Custody

In child custody matters, the court is asked to decide who will make decisions for a child and when a child is going to be with each parent. If the parents in a child custody case have not reached an agreement, the court will be asked to determine when the child is going to be in the care of each parent. The court will attempt to structure the custody arrangement to promote a strong relationship between children and their parents. The primary concern that the court has in any child custody proceeding is the best interests of the children.

There are several custody arrangements that can be agreed upon by parents or ordered by the judge. Sole custody occurs when primary physical custody and legal custody are given to one parent. In these cases, the other parent may be granted parenting time, to be determined at the discretion of the court. Joint custody occurs when custody is shared by both parents. Joint legal custody means that the parents will share decision making authority as to the important decision affecting the welfare of the child. Joint physical custody means that there will be specific times when each parent will have the child with them.

Child custody is extremely complex from a legal standpoint and often emotionally difficult from a personal one. It requires the expertise and focus of experienced attorneys.

Find out what our experienced Kalamazoo-area child custody attorneys in Portage, Michigan can do for you. Give us a call today.
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