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
Divorce is complicated and emotional, but it doesn't always have to be a fight. Couples often find it beneficial to try mediation to negotiate a settlement before asking the court to decide for them. Continue reading to find out if you think mediation might will work for you.
A separation often brings up feelings of anger and resentment, but emotional conflict tends to make divorce more expensive. If you want to avoid a divorce path that involves court hearings, discovery, finger-pointing, and a costly trial, you may benefit from mediation. Continue reading to find out if mediation is right for your divorce case.
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.
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.
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.
There's no one-size-fits-all method to divorce. If you're not ready to pull the trigger on ending your marriage, you may want to check into your state's separation laws. For couples who are ready, a final divorce may be the best option.
If your marriage is broken, divorce isn’t the only option available to you. You might find that a legal separation is a better alternative. Continue reading to learn more about this process.
Whether you are changing your name after getting married or divorced, changing a child's name, or hoping to change your name for some other reason, as long as you're not committing fraud, there's probably a legal method to achieve it. But, you'll need to follow your state's rules. Continue reading to learn more.
Learn more about when and why an annulment might be right for you.
Religion can be a hot button topic, particularly during a child custody dispute. Can one parent raise the child in a certain religion without the other parent’s consent? Continue reading to learn more.