Diann J. Landers

Diann J. Landers

Your Trusted Grand Rapids Divorce and Family Law Firm

Firm Overview

Experienced Michigan lawyer protecting you and your family
After 35 years of experience handling more than 5,000 divorce and family law cases, Diann J. Landers stands ready to help individuals in Kent County through the events that can redefine their lives and families. When two people decide to end a marriage, they need to make decisions regarding children, property and their future. Diann J. Landers can assist and guide you in these circumstances.

Each person and family is different - presenting a unique situation and set of challenges. We tailor our services to meet the specific needs of each client by listening to your story, educating you on your legal situation and counseling you to make informed decisions.

We also have experience helping settle family disputes - no matter how complex - through mediation. During the mediation process, the terms of your divorce, custody or property dispute will be negotiated in the hopes of reaching an agreement. Mediation helps spare our clients the court costs and emotional angst of litigation. If your case does go to court, we will aggressively advocate for your rights.

We deliver experienced, practical, ethical and affordable representation to clients in the following areas:
Divorce
Family law

Successfully serving Michigan families
Diann J. Landers represents individuals and their families in the city of Grand Rapids and in Kent County in Michigan.

Attorney Diann Landers takes pride in the reputation she has earned with clients and Michigan's legal community. Diann Landers has achieved an AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell - a distinction signifying the highest quality legal work, professionalism and ethical standards.
Main Office
Main Office
161 Ottawa Avenue, N.W., Suite 401
Grand Rapids  MI  49503
Phone
  • (616) 235-1588
Fax
Websites
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Safeguarding You and Your Family in Grand Rapids, Michigan
Representing your interests in Kent County
If conflicts in your family have reached the point where legal action is necessary, we can help you in obtaining the best possible results by providing you with competent and efficient legal services. Diann J. Landers has represented parties and served families in Kent County for over 35 years and provide legal services in a wide spectrum of areas, including:
-Divorce
-Child custody
-Parenting time
-Child support
-Spousal support
-Property settlement
-Mediation and arbitration
-Paternity
-Pre- and post-nuptial agreements
-Enforcement and modification

Divorce
Through mediation, arbitration or litigation, our office can guide you through the divorce process and entry of a judgement, which includes an equitable distribution of assets and liabilities, establishment of custody and parenting time and the determination of support payments.

Child custody/parenting time
Where the children live, with whom, and how much time they spend in each parent's home is based on the children's best interests. Custody can be sole, primary, or joint. Joint custody can be either "legal" (shared decision making) or "physical" (the children residing alternatively for periods of time), or both. Joint custody does not necessarily mean the children live with each parent for "equal" periods of time. We will assist you in considering the long term implications of the best parenting time plan to meet the needs of your children

Child support
Your children are entitled to be supported by both parents, including a contribution toward child care, health insurance, and the children's uninsured heath care expenses. The Michigan Child Support Guideline Formula establishes how support is to be determined. We will insure that all the provisions of the formula are utilized in the best way possible for this purpose.

Spousal support
This is the amount one spouse pays to the other for that persons' support and is based on a number of factors including age, health, education, income, length of marriage. We will help in establish an equitable amount of spousal support.

Property settlement
Property accumulated during or by reason of the marriage is considered part of the marital estate and title does not control. If property is marital the Court considers general principles of fairness to determine how it is divided. Property settlements must be fair and equitable but do not have to be equal. This includes real-estate, investments, business interests, vehicles, retirement plans of all kinds and other personal property. The value of an asset is it's equity; the difference between actual value and any debt associated with it. Since there are costs and potential tax consequence to consider, our knowledge and experience make us uniquely qualified to help you in making informed and reasoned decisions about property settlement issues.

Mediation
Mediation is a non-binding alternative dispute resolution process that puts the decisions in your hands and removes it from the advocacy process. It often provide more expedient results than trial, it is voluntary, and you will have the right to continued legal counsel throughout the process. We can provide you with expert legal advice during the mediation process aimed at obtaining an equitable settlement of all the issues in dispute.

Arbitration
Arbitration is much like mediation but is a binding process which takes the place of a trial and takes place is a much more informal setting. It is an efficient and expeditious way to avoid long delays and often reduces court costs and attorney fees. It should be seriously considered as an excellent method of resolving issues in dispute. We have been integrally involved in the arbitration process of dispute resolution since it became widely used in this geographic area.

Paternity
This is an action to establish the legal parentage of children born to parties who are not married, if the parties have not already executed an Affidavit of Parentage. The placement of a parties name on a child's birth certificate is not, alone, sufficient to establish paternity. Once paternity is established issues of custody, parenting time and support must then be decided in the same fashion as stated above.

Pre and post-nuptial agreements
Pre and post-nuptial agreements can alleviate the need for legal intervention on numerous issues, should you divorce, as long as the agreements meet the legal requirements to be determined valid and enforceable.

Enforcement
There are various methods for the enforcement of different provisions within a divorce Judgment.It is important to have a lawyer who can help enforce your rights and provide you the security you need to insure that you receive what has been awarded to you.

Diann J. Landers

Areas of practice
Divorce and Family law including:
-Arbitration and mediation
-Child custody
-Child support
-Parenting time
-Paternity
-Property settlements
-Spousal support
-Enforcement and modification

Awards and honors
-AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
-State Bar of Michigan: Merit Certificate for efforts and contributions, Family Law Section Custody Committee
-Legal Aid of Western Michigan: Michael S. Barnes Award for exemplary contributions providing free legal assistance to the poor and elderly in Western Michigan
-Michigan Court of Appeals: In recognition of valuable contribution as a volunteer facilitator for the -Domestic Relations Settlement Program
-Michigan Judicial Institute: In recognition of outstanding contribution to continuing judicial education in Michigan
-Voluntary Action Center of Volunteers in Action: For Outstanding Volunteer Services
-Paws With a Cause: Certificate of appreciation for contribution and commitment to volunteering


Education
-DePaul University, J.D., 1976
-Northern Illinois University, B.A., 1973


Professional memberships
-Grand Rapids Bar Association
-Chairperson, Family Law Section
-Pro Bono Committee
-Continuing Legal Education Committee
-Long Range Planning Committee
-Committee on Crisis in the Courts
-American Bar Association Family Law Section
-State Bar of Michigan
-Family Law Section
-Committee on Character and Fitness
-Illinois State Bar Association
-Michigan Women Lawyers Association
-Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
-Michigan Women's Commission
-Advisory Committee on Friend of the Court
-Women's Resource Center
-Board of Directors
-ACLU Western Michigan Branch
-Board of Directors


Lectures and publications
-Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education
-Michigan Judicial Institute
-Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
-Grand Rapids Bar Association


Biography
-Born in Chicago, Illinois
-Active volunteer in the community with pro bono work
Education
  • DePaul University
    Juris Doctorate
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