Family Law Attorney Serving Saint Clair Shores and Rochester Hills Offers Considerate Counsel
Responsive firm takes on matrimonial cases and parenting matters
When legal issues affect your family, you deserve caring, capable guidance from an experienced attorney. At Shatzman & Shatzman, you'll receive the counsel and representation you need to protect your loved ones and prepare for your future. Serving clients throughout Macomb and Oakland counties since 1993, our firm handles divorce proceedings, custody matters, the creation of prenuptial agreements and other concerns relating to domestic legal matters. From our offices in Rochester Hills and St. Clair Shores, we develop and execute effective strategies designed to relieve your burden and achieve the outcome you seek.
Accomplished divorce lawyer assists Oakland and Macomb County clients
We provide comprehensive legal counsel on every aspect of divorce, such as:
- No-fault filing — Michigan is a no-fault state where marriages are dissolved because the relationship is broken beyond repair. Proving spousal misconduct is not required to obtain a divorce, although spousal misconduct could affect certain issues in the divorce. One spouse must have lived in the State of Michigan for at least 180 days to file a divorce petition.
- Alimony — Referred to as spousal support under state law, alimony can be awarded while a divorce is pending and after the marriage dissolves. Typically, it is designed to give a spouse who had been supported financially by their partner the ability to maintain their lifestyle while establishing or re-establishing their earning potential.
- Property division — A variety of factors are considered to decide what constitutes a fair division of property in a particular case based on the state’s equitable distribution standard. These factors involve circumstances related to the parties themselves, their marriage and the nature of the property involved.
Regardless of whether the details of your divorce are uncontested or you believe you are headed for litigation, our firm guides you with skill and compassion.
Through advocate provides strong support in child custody cases
Our firm works closely with clients to establish child custody and parenting time arrangements that give young people the ability to thrive while remaining close to both parents. In matters relating to residence, visitation and legal authority, we attempt to develop effective parenting plans based on the individual needs of your son or daughter. When you are unable to come to an agreement with your co-parent, you can rely on us to outline the factors courts use to make custody decisions, including the child’s preference if he or she is mature enough to make a well-considered choice.
Experienced lawyer advises parents on child support issues
Our firm outlines how child support is determined in Michigan. Looking at each party’s income along with health insurance and childcare costs, we detail the state’s formula and can negotiate other arrangements to cover educational costs and other needs. When a change in income or some other element justifies a substantial adjustment to the amount of child support, we petition the court for a suitable modification. We also assist with enforcement actions such as contempt actions and license suspension when the paying parent fails to honor their legal support obligation.
Knowledgeable counselor helps couples negotiate and draft prenuptial agreements
Prenuptial agreements are not just for clients who seek to preserve large fortunes in case their marriage does not work out. All couples can benefit from drawing a clear line about what property belongs in a marital estate and what type of spousal support is appropriate. We prepare fair, authoritative documents, also known as antenuptial agreements, by listening to each side’s concerns and drafting clear language that minimizes the likelihood of a costly, messy divorce should the relationship end. By making sure that each side completely understands the terms and freely chooses to execute the agreement, we give parties the best chance to rely on the document for years to come. If you are already married, our firm can outline whether a postnuptial agreement might be enforceable if you are considering a way to safeguard your interests.
Contact a dedicated Michigan family law attorney to set up a free consultation
Shatzman & Shatzman provides knowledgeable counsel to Michigan clients in a full range of family law matters, including divorces and child support disputes. Please call 586-800-3018 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at either our Rochester Hills or St. Clair Shores office.