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Divorce & Family Law

Oakland County Divorce and Family Law Firm Achieves Positive Results for Clients

Trusted Oakland County Michigan Divorce Law Firm mitigates and litigates matrimonial issues.

Family legal challenges are always stressful, but effective representation can help you understand your options and obtain a favorable outcome. The Marchese Law Firm in Rochester, assists clients in Oakland and Macomb County, Michigan, in divorce, custody and other domestic matters. The firm’s philosophy is to seek mediation of issues to avoid costly court involvement, and the firm a track record of protecting the rights of spouses, parents and children. The firm takes a comprehensive approach to family law disputes in the eye of conflict resolution to resolve issues through mediation or sit down negotiation whenever possible, saving our clients time and expense.

Accomplished divorce law firm seeks complete solutions for divorcing spouses.

Family law can be an emotional and difficult process, but it does not have to be made any worse. In the process, the firm makes sure that your legal rights are protected and that you understand each aspect of marriage dissolution, including:

  • Grounds — Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning couples file to dissolve their union by stating that there has been a breakdown of the marriage and there’s no reasonable likelihood of reconciliation. However, traditional fault allegations such as adultery can affect alimony and property division.
  • Residency — To obtain a divorce in Michigan, either you or your spouse must have lived in the state for at least the last six months. Filing is done in the circuit court of the county where either spouse lives.
  • Property division — If an agreement on dividing marital property cannot be reached, the court divides assets based on the principle of equitable distribution. This does not necessarily mean that each party will receive an equal share, but that the judge apportions property based on what they think is fair.

The firm is committed to helping you build a strong foundation for the future and offer a free initial consultation so that you can understand the relevant law before deciding how to proceed.

Advocates handle child custody and visitation matters during divorce.

In determining child custody and parenting time, Michigan courts take into consideration a number of factors, including parental fitness assessments, child-care arrangements and educational opportunities. The firm presents a thorough argument so that children can live in a safe, supportive environment and maintain meaningful relationships with both parents whenever possible.

Skilled advocacy assists clients with spousal support determinations in the divorce process.

Sometimes known as alimony, spousal support can be awarded to a Michigan spouse who requires financial assistance to maintain their standard of living after a divorce. Numerous factors can come into play in a judge’s decision to award alimony, including the duration of the marriage, the parties’ earning ability, the age and health of each ex-spouse, and possible marital misconduct. Courts have wide latitude in determining spousal support, and they often attempt to end payments when a recipient spouse who remained in the home during the marriage can regain their ability to pay for their own expenses.

Thorough advisers handle child support conflicts

Even if they were never married, parents have a legal responsibility to support their minor children financially. Michigan courts use a formula to determine the child support payments that a noncustodial parent must make. This calculation takes into account each parent’s income as well as what they contribute to child-care expenses and health insurance costs. If a discrepancy arises, or if you need help with the enforcement or modification of a support order, the firm will assert your rights in court.

Contact a knowledgeable Michigan divorce lawyer for a free initial consultation

The Marchese Law Firm represents clients in family matters and other civil cases throughout southeastern Michigan. Please call 248-270-2709 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation at the firm’s Rochester.

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