Melissa Heinig

Attorney · Cooley Law School

Melissa Heinig is a practicing attorney and founder of her own law firm--The Law Office of Melissa J. Heinig in Livingston County, Michigan. Melissa has been a member of the State Bar of Michigan since 2010 and has assisted clients with a wide range of family law issues, including divorce, custody, parenting time, and child support. Recently, Melissa worked for Lakeshore Legal Aid as an intake attorney helping low-income clients with a wide range of legal matters, from family law and public benefits to consumer complaints and landlord/tenant disputes.

Melissa received her B.A. from Western Michigan University and her J.D. from Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School.

Articles By Melissa Heinig

Prenuptial Agreement Benefits and Drawbacks
We often like to think “what’s mine is yours and what’s yours is mine” as the marriage motto, but when it comes to divorce, most couples disagree. Can a prenuptial agreement help you avoid a long divorce later?
Tax Issues for Unmarried Couples
The number of unmarried partners cohabiting has increased over the years. While living with your partner may seem like a great way to reduce expenses, have you considered the possible tax ramifications? Continue reading to learn more.
Should I get an annulment or a divorce?
What are the differences between an annulment and a traditional divorce?
Parenting for Unmarried Couples FAQ
It's becoming more common for couples to live together without taking the plunge into marriage. But what happens if you want to raise children together? Before you decide to adopt or raise children, have you considered how your marital status will affect your rights?
Divorce Mediation Basics
Divorce mediation is less adversarial and significantly less expensive than a trial, but is it right for your case?
The Divorce Process
The divorce process can be expensive and time-consuming. It can also cause heartache and damage to already fragile relationships. Many times, it's best to look for ways to minimize the cost, time, and damage that comes from a traditional contested divorce.
Divorce: Do You Need a Lawyer?
Learn more about how divorce lawyers work and when you might want to hire one.
Adoption Procedures
Learn more about the different types of adoptions and the steps you need to take for each.
How to Proceed With an Uncontested Divorce
We've all heard divorce horror stories from friends or family, but did you know that your divorce doesn't need to involve finger-pointing, long court trials, or high legal fees? If you and your spouse are still communicating, you may be able to use your state's faster and less-expensive divorce process.
What Is a Separation Agreement?
What if you and your spouse need to live apart but aren't ready to go through the formal divorce process. Is there an agreement you can draft with your soon-to-be-ex that will help cement how you will handle financial matters and children during your separation?