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Relocation Lawyer

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Change of domicile, or moving of a child’s residence out of state or more than 100 miles from their prior home, can be a contentious issue for divorced parents. Whether a parent is moving for a new job or as a result of a new marriage it is important for all parties to focus on what really matters: arriving at a child custody and parenting-time arrangement that is in the best interests of the children, and which allows the children to remain close to the parent left behind.

Once a court action has been filed, parties wishing to move more than 100 miles from their previous residence or out of state must obtain permission from the court or the other parent. I handled one of the first appeals in Michigan, which served to establish the guidelines for permitting or denying a move.

For any plan to be approved, it must enable both parents to stay close to their children despite the distances involved. Modern technologies such as web cams and email have improved the logistics, but distance still presents a significant challenge for parents and children.

I have more than 35 years of family law experience and have seen a wide variety of circumstances in these cases. I believe that resolving these issues collaboratively and in good faith is best for the children. When parents are willing to work together these issues can be resolved efficiently, keeping attorney fees lower than they would be in a protracted legal fight.

If your case results in a trial, I will thoroughly prepare your case looking at all factors that will play a role in the judge’s decision, including the cost of living, employment prospects, the housing market and school quality.

Divorce Lawyer

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Divorce is a very personal matter. The outcome of a divorce can have a tremendous impact on the lives of men, women and children for years and even decades after a divorce is finalized. With so much at stake it is crucial to have a lawyer on your side with the experience and resources to protect your interests and work closely with you every step of the way.

When it comes to divorce, I understand that all of my clients have individual needs and unique goals. I take the time to understand where my clients are coming from and what represents a successful outcome for them and their children. I listen closely and ensure they understand their options and are prepared for every phase of the legal process.

I provide thoughtful legal advice and thorough representation in all areas of divorce, including issues such as:

  • Child custody and parenting time
  • Child support
  • Modification of divorce judgment

Due to the cost-effectiveness and reduced emotional burden, I prefer to achieve divorce settlements in an amicable fashion. However, if a settlement is not in my client’s best interest, I am fully prepared to go to trial. I have extensive trial experience in family law, criminal law and personal injury which have prepared me for the rigors of the courtroom.

Protection Order Lawyer

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Unfortunately, domestic violence is a pervasive problem in our society. Victims are known to be at higher risk when their partners are faced with their leaving and/or divorcing them. I have been involved with domestic violence issues throughout my 35-year career, including as a criminal defense attorney representing abused women who have killed their assailants in self-defense. If you have domestic violence issues, it is important that your attorney understand and be sensitive to the dynamics of same and the ways in which the law can help protect you.

I bring more than 35 years of experience to my practice in Michigan and focus my efforts on resolving issues as amicably and efficiently as possible. However, when a trial is necessary to protect my clients’ interests, I am fully prepared to aggressively litigate on their behalf, drawing on my experience as a trial lawyer in family law, criminal law and personal injury cases.

These orders are issued and overseen by the same judge who is handling the divorce. I work with clients who have been domestic violence victims to make sure that they understand their rights and assist them in obtaining the Personal Protection Order, and to take practical additional steps to protect themselves.

I also represent individuals who have been accused of abuse, informing them of their options and working to make sure the allegations do not harm their ongoing divorce or other family law case. False accusations are often an issue during a contentious divorce; you can rely on me to make sure you receive a fair hearing and to press for restoration of your right to enter your home and spend time with your children.