Divorce Lawyer Serving Saint Clair Shores and Rochester Hills, Michigan Guides You Through the Process

Accomplished attorney helps clients safeguard their rights and interests

If you’re going through a divorce, you can count on Shatzman & Shatzman to stand up for your rights and provide compassionate legal counsel. Having served Macomb and Oakland County clients for 27 years, we have a deep understanding of the pertinent laws as well as the practical considerations governing the marriage dissolution process in Michigan. From offices in St. Clair Shores and Rochester Hills, our firm offers knowledgeable advice on custody, alimony, child support, parenting time, property division, separate maintenance actions and more. At every stage of your journey, we’re here to ease your worries and secure a result that helps you to move forward with confidence.

Knowledgeable adviser outlines state laws regarding marriage dissolution

Nothing can make divorce pleasant, but our firm answers your questions and works closely with you to build a sound plan by explaining relevant concepts such as:

  • Filing — Someone who has lived in Michigan for at least six months can file for divorce by declaring that the marital relationship is broken with no reasonable possibility for repair. Issues such as fault and adultery can be alleged and may have an impact on property division in some circumstances.
  • Equitable distribution — Assets that are acquired and debts that are incurred  by either spouse during their marriage are divided when a divorce occurs. If the parties cannot agree on how to do this, the state’s equitable distribution law requires the court to look at a variety of factors in determining how the parties’ assets and debts should be divided. Property that was owned by either individual prior to the marriage and property gifted to or inherited by one individual may be treated differently than property accumulated due to the efforts of one or both parties during the marriage.  
  • Collaborative divorce — Collaborative divorce gives spouses the opportunity to resolve each aspect of their divorce before filing documents in court. In the collaborative practice, couples work together, guided by a team of professionals, to reach a divorce settlement in a fair, child-friendly way.

In both uncontested divorces and situations where you and your spouse are far apart, we treat your concerns with great care and make every effort to safeguard what is most important to you.

Respected firm works to establish appropriate custody and child support terms

It’s usually best to set child custody arrangements through discussions between parents, but when these matters are decided by the court, judges consider a variety of factors to determine what is in the child’s best interests. We explain these factors and give parents the support they need to create and advocate for parenting time schedules which enhance their children’s well-being. Our firm also outlines the elements that are used in Michigan’s child support formula. Should an existing order require modification or enforcement, we can take action both informally and in court.

Seasoned advocate handles proceedings addressing spousal support

When there is a significant difference in the parties’ incomes, one spouse may be eligible for alimony (now known as “spousal support”) to provide financial assistance once the couple divorces. Whether spousal support is a possibility in a case depends on a variety of factors including the length of the marriage, each party’s health and each party’s ability to earn as well as the age of the parties. Michigan’s law regarding spousal support allows for temporary payments while a divorce is pending in some circumstances in addition to payments which occur after a divorce is finalized. Our firm represents potential paying and recipient spouses in spousal support discussions and strives to reach a suitable compromise whenever possible. We also assist with support modification requests if a significant change in circumstances warrants them.

Contact a knowledgeable Michigan divorce lawyer for a free initial consultation

Shatzman & Shatzman in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores represents divorcing spouses throughout Macomb and Oakland counties. To make an appointment for a free consultation, please call 586-800-3018 or contact us online