The MI Family Law Center knows that life throws you a curveball from time to time and things donât always go the way you want them to. We understand how difficult it can be when contemplating a divorce, dealing with challenging parenting issues, and other sensitive family matters. Our expert staff will guide you the process and try to ensure your rights.
Our Grand Rapids family law attorneys know how important your family is to you and that your familyâs circumstances are unique to you. We tailor our approach to your situation to ensure you are provided the rights due to you under the law. Additionally, if things get heated and a compromise is not in sight â we have substantial experiencing in handling contested matters.
The MI Family Law Center offers personalized service with a skilled West Michigan family law attorney. We value our clients and provide the attention you deserve. Our firm prides itself in giving honest objective advice, even if that advice is something that you might not want to hear. Divorces and custody cases are very emotional and we will help you make your legal strategy in a way that focuses on your long term goals and is not just reactionary to the actions of your ex.
If you are seeking legal representation for your divorce, call MI Family Law Center at (616) 528-8877 or contact us online. We pride ourselves on getting back to clients quickly because we know the stress that family law matters can cause. We offer affordable consultations in a convenient location with free parking right off of the Alpine exit on I-96. Contact us today!
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866 3-mile rd nw
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
$250 - $300 per hour
8am - 5:30pm
Our firm can help you evaluate your options and fight for a division that is fair. The process of going through a divorce is complicated, so finding the right divorce attorney is necessary to get you through such an emotional situation.
It can be very difficult analyze what is marital property and what is separate property, and to figure out what documentation is needed. The lawyers at the MI Family Law Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, can help you evaluate your options and fight for a division that is fair.
Under Michiganâs No-fault Divorce law every divorce in Michigan is subject to a statutory waiting period. If there are minor children involved, the statutory waiting period is 6 months; if there are no children, the statutory period is 60 days. It is important to remember that just because there is a waiting period, does not mean that you donât have to timely respond to the divorce proceeding.
If you are personally served with a complaint for divorce you only have 21 days to respond to the complaint; otherwise a default can and most likely will be filed against you. If you are out of state or the complaint was served through the mail you have 28 days to respond. Regardless of the situation, you need to seek the help of professional divorce lawyers immediately so you know the correct waiting period and you can assert your rights properly. Failure to act could be catastrophic in your case. If you have missed the deadline it is incredibly important to seek out an attorney to try and protect your rights before a default judgment is entered against you.
Determining The Marital Estate
Our Grand Rapids divorce attorney represents the best interests of our clients facing a divorce. We expect our clients to be up-front and honest about their assets and not to hide anything. We will assist you in performing a detailed review of you and your spouseâs assets and liabilities.
What You Are Entitled To
As a general rule of thumb, each party keeps his/her own non-marital assets and the marital assets are equitably divided between the parties. Simply put, the assets you owned when you entered into your marriage are yours to take with you. That same rule applies to your wife. Assets acquired during the course of the marriage, no matter who paid for them, are considered marital property, and subject to a fair and equitable distribution.
Commingling of Funds
Under Michigan Law when non-marital assets/funds are mixed together with marital assets/funds it can cause them to lose their non-marital status and cause them to become subject to division.
The issuance of a judgment of divorce may not mark the end of your legal difficulties with your former spouse. This is particularly true where you have children in common or your judgment requires payments towards joint debts.
Our Grand Rapids divorce attorneys will provide aggressive representation for post-judgment enforcement or modification proceedings. If you have questions or concerns following your divorce, contact our office to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys.
Providing Representation for Divorce Decree Modification
Circumstances change. In some cases, the terms outlined in a divorce decree become unreasonable or unfeasible after the divorce is finalized. Whatever changes you may be facing, our attorneys can effectively advise you of your rights and options.
For example, if you were ordered to sell your house so that you could pay certain bills, but have since found alternate ways to pay these bills, we will help you seek modification of the order to avoid selling your house.
Effectively Addressing Post Judgment Enforcement Matters
Your divorce decree will establish the terms of your ongoing interactions with your ex-spouse. If they are not complying with these terms, or if they have accused you of failing to meet your obligations, you may be headed back to court. Our attorneys can effectively assist you in representing your interests during post-judgment enforcement proceedings.
Itâs good when people agree; itâs even better when that agreement is legally enforceable in the future. Even if you and your spouse have agreed to separate and can agree on the terms of a divorce, it is important to make sure that you are protected and that you get a divorce document which effectuates your agreement. Many times it is better to be the Plaintiff and to control the action of the case, rather than being listed as the Defendant and having a duty to respond or having to wait for the other party to complete all the necessary documentation in accordance with the terms of the agreement.
Our divorce lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan dedicate themselves to protecting the rights and interests of our clients during a divorce. During uncontested divorce proceedings, we review divorce documents to ensure that these documents state our clientsâ declared wishes and protect their future interests.
Mr. Matthew S. DeLange is the managing partner of the family law division of the firm and has been practicing almost exclusively in the area of family law since becoming licensed. Mr. DeLange received his law degree with honors and a concentration in Litigation from Thomas M. Cooley law school and received his undergrad degree from Grand Valley State University. While in Law School, Mr. DeLange served as president of his schoolâs Student Bar Association for two consecutive years. Mr. DeLange is admitted to practice in the State of Michigan, the Western District of Michigan Federal Courts and the Supreme Court of the United States of America. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. DeLange was a Senior Associate attorney with an American Divorce Attorneys for Men (ADAM) affiliate from 2008 until 2015 where he was one of the primary litigators for the firm.
Mr. DeLangeâs practice is primarily concentrated in the areas of Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Personal Protection Order Defense, and Interstate family law matters. In addition to his trial court experience, Mr. DeLange has also successfully obtained reversals on Family Law cases from the Michigan Court of Appeals . As a member of the Family law sections of the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association, and Ottawa County Bar Association, he has given presentations on Interstate related issues at Family Law Section conferences and regularly contributes to the sectionâs Internet discussion group.
In 2016, Mr. DeLange was named one of the Top 10 Attorneys Under 40 in the State of Michigan by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys. In 2018, Mr. DeLange received a Rising Star designation by Super Lawyers Magazine. Rising Stars is a designation of top-rated practicing attorneys selected through extensive evaluation.
Bar Number: 71427
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Juris Doctorate, 2007
I am a West Michigan native, and was raised in the Greater Grand Rapids area. I chose to become a lawyer so I can help people understand and navigate through the legal system. I am passionate about fighting vigorously for my client’s best interests. I am honored to be serving my local community.
While pursuing my law degree, I worked in the areas of family law and criminal law. While furthering my education, I participated in Trial Advocacy and Moot Court. This experience gave me a working knowledge of advocating on behalf of my clients in the Courtroom.
For the past several years prior to joining the MI Family Law Center I had been working at a small Grand Rapids law firm where I have been primarily handling family law cases.
When I am not practicing law, I enjoy spending quality time with my husband, two kids, and two chihuahuas. I also enjoy running marathons, reading and going to the beach.
Bar Number: 71823
Juris Doctorate, 2007
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