You and your children will have special needs during the divorce. You will want to know how to choose the divorce process that will work best for you and your family. Then, careful preparation will help you meet your needs.
I have practiced divorce and child custody exclusively in Washtenaw County since 1978. I received my 30 hour Divorce Mediation Training in 1983 and continue to take advanced training. I was trained in Collaborative Practice in 2005 and continue to take advanced training.
Divorce #1: Collaborative Practice case resolved cost-effectively when clients were able to work together with mediator on child custody, parenting time, and child support without attorneys. Moderately complicated financial issues were resolved in several joint sessions with mediator, attorneys, and accountant.
Divorce #2: Mediation case resolved cost-effectively with clients working with mediator for custody and parenting time and initial draft of property settlement agreement. Then, half day session with mediator and attorneys negotiated and settled final details of child support, spousal support, and property settlement.
The first 10-minute telephone conversation is free. It is $250/hour for legal advice given during initial office consultation. There is no charge for time spent discussing lawyer/client relationship and reviewing retainer agreement. A folder of written materials is provided at no additional cost.
$50 discount off initial consultation if new client mentions Nolo.
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
I want to work with people who are at a crossroads to create a better life.
Clients need to have enough information to make informed choices they can live with now and later. The attorney's role is to listen to the client's needs, help them collect information, define issues, and evaluate options. Once the client has sufficient information they can decide what will work best for them.
I will review proposed Settlement or Mediation Agreements before the client signs them.
I am not willing to coach clients who wish to represent themselves.
Previous partnerships: Darnton, Rutzky, Dodge & Woloshin; Darton, Rutzky & Dodge; Lloyd, Rutzky & Dodge, Cote, Dodge, Rutzky & Lloyd.
I have been an attorney for 38 years. In my experience the adversarial process is seldom helpful to the divorcing parents or their children. A judge's decision is always based on limited information and "the law." They may not 'go outside the box' for solutions to help families. Family resources spent instead with cooperative professionals (mediators, accountants, counselors and attorneys) can often better help the new two household family learn to function well after divorce.
I can explain the legal issues and dispute resolution options so that the client understands the big picture, the details and how they fit together for settlement negotiation. It is more effective to take the "high road" both in and out of court. It is very important for both the attorney and client to be prepared, and then be able to be flexible as new information is available.Personal interests:
I am a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, a Department of Natural Resources and Environment volunteer steward, a second soprano with the Plymouth Oratorio Society, and a member of the Lyndon Township Planning Commission and Lyndon Township Recreation Committee. I knit and garden with native plants.
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