Melissa Heinig


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

How to Serve Divorce Papers
The law requires you to serve divorce papers on your spouse. If you don’t follow the laws regarding service, you might have to start your divorce all over again.
Should I Hire a Lawyer or Use a Mediator for My Divorce?
Deciding to end a marriage can be a difficult decision. But what happens next? Should you hire a lawyer right away or try to work things out with your soon-to-be-ex-spouse?
How to Find a Family Law Mediator
If you find the right mediator for your family law dispute, you might be able to avoid heading to court.
Divorce Mediation Basics
Divorce mediation is less adversarial and significantly less expensive than a trial, but is it right for your case?
How to Change Your Name
Changing your name can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time. Some situations require you to ask the court for permission, while others don't. Learn more about how to legally change your name.
Understanding Divorce Mediation: Debunking Mediation Myths
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.
Will Divorce Mediation 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.
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.
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.
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.