There are many legal issues that affect families, and they can all be extremely frustrating and stressful. If you are facing divorce, child custody issues, or any other family law matter, you need the help of a Grandville family law lawyer. An attorney can make any legal matter much easier and will work to help get your issue resolved as quickly and as smoothly as possible so you can move forward.
When people think of family law lawyers, they tend to only think about divorce. While it is true that family attorneys can help with divorce proceedings, there is much more they can do. A Michigan family attorney can help with:
Michigan is an equitable distribution state. Many people think this means that all property will be divided equally during a divorce, but that is not the case. Inequitable distribution states, assets and other marital property are divided fairly, but not necessarily evenly.
For example, if one spouse started a business during the marriage, that business would be considered marital property. However, if that same spouse ran the business and the other spouse had little to do with it during the marriage, a judge may award it to the spouse most responsible for its day-to-day operations. To make up for not giving the other spouse any part of the business, a judge may award them more in other property or alimony.
When awarding child custody, the courts will first determine what is in the best interests of the child. In most cases, the courts will try to award joint custody.
There are two types of custody a court can award. The first is legal custody, which is the ability to make decisions for the children, such as where they will go to school and what type of medical treatment they will receive. The other is physical custody, which will determine where the children live primarily.
Child support is determined according to the Michigan Child Support Formula. The formula takes into consideration the net income of both parents, expenses for the child, such as health insurance premiums, and the number of overnight visits each parent will have with their children.
If you are having a dispute with your current child support or child custody arrangements, or you are about to enter divorce proceedings, you need the help of a Grandville family law lawyer. At Van Den Heuvel Law Office, we are committed to helping individuals during this difficult time and we want to help you, too. Call us today or contact us online to learn how our experienced attorneys can help with your case and give you the best chance of a positive outcome.