Guiding Clients with Experience and Compassion
At Mika Meyers, our divorce lawyers offer the sound counsel necessary to protect clients during the dissolution of a marriage. We are acutely aware that divorce involves serious financial risk and emotional upheaval for everyone involved. We do all we can to help our clients navigate the difficult process with dignity. If you would like to speak with a member of Mika Meyers about your divorce, please contact our Grand Rapids office to make arrangements for a consultation.
In the days to come, you will have to make some difficult decisions that will have long-term effects on the welfare of your children and on your economic status. We will help you design a strategy that results in a realistic and fair decree through a negotiated agreement or, if necessary, a family court trial.
Division of Marital Assets
Property accumulated during the marriage will be divided equitably (not necessarily evenly). In addition to obvious marital assets such as the family home, automobiles, and bank accounts, marital property also includes retirement accounts, pensions, and shares in family businesses. When designing a settlement involving a complex estate our divorce lawyers will work with attorneys from our tax law practice or business practice to see that assets and debts are carefully analyzed and assessed, and not only current but future values are considered in determining the division of assets.
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After a divorce, a family income that supported one household needs to support two. In most cases child support payments are determined by an automatic formula that considers both parents' incomes and the amount of time the child spends with each parent. There are very limited exceptions when special needs or resources are involved. Our attorneys will see that child support payments are fair under the law.
When the courts make child custody determinations, they do so to establish an arrangement that is truly in the best interests of the child. The court will look at a variety of factors when evaluating your child custody proposal. We will work with you, considering creative parenting options and your family's history, to see that your relationship with your child remains as strong after your divorce as before.
In Michigan, the court may award alimony, depending on the length of the couple's marriage, the ability of each party to pay, their ages, special needs, health, and possibly fault. The main objective is to balance the incomes and needs of the parties in a way that does not impoverish either party.
Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to help a homemaker prepare for a career. It is important that a lawyer consider the tax implications and other relevant factors in advising a client on alimony.
If circumstances change significantly after your divorce our family law attorneys will help you apply for a post-decree modification of the custody agreement reached during your divorce.