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Experienced Family Law Representation Customized to Your Unique Situation

A consultation with a divorce lawyer can help answer many questions. It may also assist with divorce planning and establishing a timeline for the actual filing. The decision to initiate a divorce can be difficult to make. Understanding the legal process itself, determining the financial information necessary to obtain, how to best prepare, reviewing child-related issues, and identifying potential problems can help clarify the best manner, and when, to proceed.

Michigan has a no fault divorce law, which means that a divorce case may be filed without alleging a reason or fault by either party for the divorce. The initial complaint must state only 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”, rather than ascribing a reason or blame to either party.

However, based upon the facts in a particular situation, the issue of fault may be relevant to the issues of spousal support or property division and distribution.

Each case is unique and requires expertise in specific legal areas. These legal areas can include:

  • Legal custody
  • Physical custody
  • Parenting time
  • Child support
  • Change in domicile
  • Property division and distribution
  • Spousal support
  • Other financial support
  • Prenuptial agreements
  • Postnuptial agreements
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration
  • Trial
  • Same sex marriage
  • Other family law issues

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Driven – Taking a ride through Divorce Land with family law attorney Susan E. Cohen