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Family Law

Our practice focuses on the following areas of family law:

  • Family Law Matters: Traditional and Out-of-Court Divorce, Custody, Parenting Time, Paternity, Child Support and Spousal Support Matters

  • StreamlineDivorce℠: a form-based system to streamline the divorce or mediation process

  • Comprehensive Pre-Divorce Planning: Discussing options available and advice to help you decide your next steps.

  • Mediation: The process of using a neutral trained third party to assist in negotiations to settle family matters out-of-court. The proceeding is private and can be conducted with or without attorneys present.

  • Collaborative Practice (also called "Collaborative Divorce" or "Collaborative Law"): An out-of-court process that utilizes specially trained Collaborative Professionals, including lawyers, mental health and financial professionals (depending on the situation), to educate, support and guide you in reaching balanced, respectful and lasting agreements. This typically begins prior to filing a case with the Court and continues until a resolution is reached.

  • Parenting Coordination: Specially trained professionals that focus on helping co-parents manage their parenting plan, improve communication, and resolve disputes regarding their child or children.

  • Prenuptial Agreements: An agreement made by a couple before they marry concerning the ownership of their respective assets should the marriage fail. We encourage prenuptial agreements whenever the parties are blending families or there exists a pronounced difference in their financial resources prior to the marriage. Prenuptial agreements also are strongly encouraged for individuals with business interests.

The StreamlineDivorce℠ system, Mediation and Collaborative Law all represent progressive, out-of-court approaches to handling divorce and family law as compassionately and cost-effectively as possible.

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Navigating Divorce in Michigan:

Options to Know Before You File

Written By: Denise Couling & Jamie O’Brien

Our book explains your options in divorce and family law in detail so that you can make a smarter choice.