Forward Thinking Family Law Since 1994

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Michigan is a “no-fault” divorce state, but the term “no-fault” is misleading. Fault isn’t a factor if the parties reach a settlement on all issues. However, if there are disputes about spousal support, property division, child support, par… Read More

Limited Scope Representation

Limited scope representation allows you to pick and choose which services our attorneys provide. This form of representation works well for clients who have done quite a lot of research about divorce and can communicate effectively with their spouse.… Read More

The Divorce Process

Every divorce follows basic legal steps. When we meet, we’ll explain how the process applies to your specific situation. The first step is deciding what process we will use to try to resolve your issues. Sometimes, it’s better to reach a settleme… Read More

Resolving Disputes

Getting a divorce, no matter how simple or complex the situation may be, puts an emotional strain on everyone involved. Change can be unsettling Divorce often involves many unsettling changes to deal with: finding a new place to live, handling new fi… Read More


In a divorce trial today, no one really wins. More and more divorcing couples are discovering that “having their day in court” doesn’t bring the results they expected. Often, couples don’t have the opportunity to have their say, because the a… Read More

Attorney-Assisted Mediation

Work with an attorney who is trained in mediation and fully understands the mediation process.   Much of our practice is mediating cases, and we recommend that our clients have their attorneys attend all mediation sessions, particularly when:  One… Read More

Collaborative Practice

Collaborative practice focuses on reaching a settlement and reducing the time and costs involved in getting a divorce. Collaborative practice has two basic principles: a commitment not to use judicial decision-making, and the support of a professiona… Read More


If a couple opts for an attorney-negotiated settlement, each party hires an attorney to represent them.  The parties negotiate what they can, and the attorneys negotiate with each other on the outstanding issues to reach a settlement, contacting the… Read More


Arbitration is an alternative to a trial. In arbitration, both parties agree to appoint an attorney to settle outstanding issues such as child custody, child support, spousal support, parenting time, and division of property. Arbitration works well f… Read More

Litigation and Appeals

Almost no divorcing couple wants to end up in court, but sometimes need a judge to decide their issues. When circumstances indicate that a trial is the best option, you can rely on the courtroom skills of our attorneys to present your case in a thoug… Read More

Child Custody & Support

Child Custody

Legal custody refers to the major decision-making for the child. It does not refer to the amount of time that the child spends with each parent. Custody is complicated Physical custody refers to the amount of time the child spends with each parent.… Read More

Parenting Time

Parenting time, formerly called visitation, details the schedule and time that each parent spends with the children. How the court decides Some courts order that one parent will have “reasonable parenting time,” leaving it up to the parents to de… Read More

Child Support

The amount of child support depends on many factors, but is primarily based on the needs of the children and their parents’ ability to pay.  Children come first Child support must be paid until the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high sch… Read More

Parenting Coordinator

When parents have ongoing problems communicating and making effective decisions about their children, the court may appoint a parenting coordinator. A court order specifies the powers of the parenting coordinator. This avoids having the struggle betw… Read More


Paternity issues depend on whether the parents were married or unmarried at the time of conception. When a married couple has a child conceived during the marriage, the child is presumed to be the biological child of both parents. This means that bot… Read More

Property Settlement

Make sure you fully understand the terms of a property settlement before you sign it. Property settlements cannot be changed, except in cases of fraud, clerical error, mistake, or gross unfairness at the initial trial, after the judgment is signed by… Read More

Spousal Support (Alimony)

The court considers many factors in spousal support. Spousal support (formerly called alimony) refers to court-ordered payments from one spouse to another. In deciding whether to award spousal support and in what amount, the court may consider: Past… Read More

Changing a Settlement/Order

The judgment of divorce marks the end of the marriage and is a final statement of the agreement. But life is not static—circumstances change and adjustments to the judgment may be needed. Changing an order is difficult but not impossible. Your atto… Read More

Tax Planning

We are not tax attorneys and do not give definitive tax advice, but we can refer you to qualified tax professionals. Divorcing couples should consider these effects on their taxes: Filing status and exemptions Dependent exemptions Spousal support… Read More

Separate Maintenance

Separate maintenance is an option for couples opposed to getting a divorce, but who cannot continue living together. It’s also used when the couple wants to continue health insurance coverage for an unemployed or retired spouse, after separation. S… Read More


An annulment is similar to obtaining a divorce, although there is no mandatory waiting period. Annulment is possible when the parties were ineligible to be married (void marriage) or the information available to one party induced them to marry, and i… Read More

Same-Sex Marriage

In 2004, voters banned same-sex marriage in Michigan, which remained the law until 2015, when the U.S. Supreme Court made same-sex marriage legal in all states. The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling granted to same-sex couples the same rights and protect… Read More

Prenuptial Agreements

Prenuptial agreements protect significant assets before you marry and protect the interests of children from former relationships. Establishing Expectations Prenuptial agreements establish each person’s expectations before they enter into marriage.… Read More

Estate Planning

Some may feel it is too complex or too costly to draw up an estate plan, but not planning is the most costly error for you and your family. Estate planning is about caring for your loved ones, seeing they are provided for, and making sure your proper… Read More


If you have a will, you’re a step ahead of half of all Americans, whose families stand to lose significantly if they die unexpectedly. Why you need a will Your will lets you control what happens to your property. If you have minor children, a will… Read More


Trusts help you control your property during your life or disability and after your death. Consult an attorney to set up the right kind of trust for your family and financial situation. Among the many factors to consider when you set up a trust are:… Read More

Financial Power of Attorney

You can appoint someone as your financial power of attorney to handle a single transaction or grant very broad powers over your finances if you become unable to conduct them. Your financial power of attorney can handle any or all of the following, as… Read More

Patient Advocate

A patient advocate is your voice in health care decisions. A durable power of attorney for health care, also known as a health care proxy or a patient advocate, is a document in which you appoint another person to make medical treatment and related p… Read More

Parental Power of Attorney

When your children live apart from you—or if they travel without you or you travel apart from them—we recommend that you have a parental power of attorney. This document appoints another adult to act in your place in case of your child’s medic… Read More

Elder Medition

Elder mediation helps preserve family harmony, one of the most precious gifts a family can give to an elderly member. Older adults, their families and caregivers may need help making difficult decisions related to long-term care, guardianship, medica… Read More


When you die, some of your estate may go through a court process called probate, which manages, settles, and distributes your property. The probate process is governed by state law. The effect of a will If you have a will, your property is distribute… Read More

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