Consulting with a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that a divorce is inevitable. Many of our clients seek our advice to facilitate reconciliation or simply to understand their rights.
As with all of our communications with our clients, all consultations are handled discreetly and entirely in confidence. The goal of our initial consultation is to educate you about the divorce and/or reconciliation process, matters pertaining to your minor children, property division, child support, spousal support, and all other issues related to your matter. You will receive straightforward and practical answers and sound legal advice, based upon the reality of your situation. Initial consultations are $100.00.
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Where do I file for divorce?
Residency rules require that you file in the county where you or your spouse has lived for six months preceding the filing of the complaint about divorce.
How long will it take to get a divorce?
There is a sixty-day waiting period after the complaint is filed before a Judgement of Divorce can be granted if there are no minor children, and a six month waiting period if there are minor children born during the marriage.
How much will a divorce cost?
It depends on how much time an attorney works on your case, as the attorneys charge by the hour. If you have a complicated divorce with many disputed issues, the cost will be more than if you and your spouse have issues amicably resolved prior to filing the case. It is typical to pay a downpayment or retainer to hire your lawyer.
Will my children testify in court?
Generally, children never testify in court in a divorce case. There are a few exceptions to this rule. In a disputed custody case, the children are interviewed privately by the judge.
If I move out of my house, am I guilty of abandoning my spouse, family, or property?
No. There is no such charge as abandonment in a divorce proceeding. You are merely changing your residence. However, you should seek legal advice, as you may continue to have financial responsibilities for your spouse, children, or property despite moving out.
Our goal is to restore order and security to your life from what may feel like chaos and confusion. First and foremost in our minds always is the welfare of our clients’ children. The welfare of your children is of paramount importance.
When it comes to protecting your financial security, our financial acumen and business experience is unparalleled. In every case, we develop a detailed analysis of assets and liabilities, income and cash flow, and expenses and lifestyle. Impeccable thoroughness and accuracy are the cornerstones of our work. Through our knowledge, strength, and compassion, we will be your partners in revitalizing your life and planning for your future.
While the majority of our cases arise in the Eastern Michigan counties of Saginaw, Bay City and Midland we regularly handle cases across the state of Michigan.