Filing for a divorce in Michigan can be one of the single most stressful experiences in your life, but you do not need to go through this process alone. Divorce requires you and your spouse to come to terms on a number of different issues that will substantially impact your financial, familial, and professional life for years to come. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, our knowledgeable divorce and family law attorneys have years of experience helping clients navigate their divorce in Grand Rapids and will fight for what you and your family need. Call the office or contact us today to schedule an appointment to learn more.
Some of the most common issues that spouses litigate during a divorce include matters of property distribution, spousal support, and issues relating to any minor children. At the Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we understand the intricacies of Michigan divorce law and are skilled at negotiating for what you need in a finalized divorce agreement. Our attorneys are prepared to zealously advocate for you and your children in a Grand Rapids divorce case.
Michigan operates as an equitable distribution state when it comes to dividing up marital property in a divorce. This does not necessarily mean that the property is split equally 50/50, but that it is split equitably depending on the circumstances of the family. Special circumstances like a relationship that occurred outside of the marriage or the hiding of assets could entitle one spouse to more of the marital estate.
Recent changes to federal tax law have made negotiation over spousal support a particularly contentious issue. The tax incentive for the higher-earning spouse to pay alimony no longer applies, which has led to significant changes in divorce negotiation about the payment of spousal support and other ways to financially support the lesser earning spouse. You need an experienced divorce attorney to ensure that you are either receiving the full support you need or are not paying too much in support when the tax breaks no longer apply.
The decision on where a child should live and how often the child spends time with each parent is often one of the most difficult decisions that parents are required to make in a divorce. Our office promises to fight as hard as possible to grant you custody of your child, and if custody is not an option, we will aggressively seek as much visitation time as the court will allow.
The final issue often litigated in a divorce is the amount of child support paid from the noncustodial parent to the custodial parent for the child’s care. This is typically calculated from a list of factors found in Michigan law, but mistakes can be made. We will ensure that you are not paying too much or receiving too little for your child’s care.
If you are considering filing for divorce in the Grand Rapids area, let our knowledgeable Michigan divorce attorneys help. Call the office or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your case today.