Family Law that Works for You
Whether you are going through a divorce, establishing a child custody arrangement, or require some other type of family law advice and counsel, Fausone Bohn, LLP is here for you. Our experienced family law attorneys can help you reach an amicable prenuptial, postnuptial, divorce, or parenting time agreement. We will be your fierce advocate in court and will help protect yourself and your family’s physical, emotional, and financial well-being.
Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, either spouse can file for a dissolution of marriage at any time without stating any reason other than a breakdown in the marriage. However, even though fault does not have to be established in order to have a marriage dissolved, it can play a part when it comes to how property will be divided or whether and to what extent there will be spousal support.
- Alimony. Whether a Michigan court will use its discretion to order one spouse to pay alimony, also called spousal support, to another depends on several factors, including each spouse’s age, health status, financial needs, earning capacity, conduct during the marriage, and contribution to the marriage. We will be your strong advocate in that any alimony awarded in your case is fair to you and takes into account your unique circumstances.
- Property Division. Michigan courts divide a divorcing couple’s real and personal property into two kinds: separate (owned before the marriage or received as a gift or inheritance) and marital (acquired during the marriage). Michigan is an equitable distribution state, which means the court will distribute marital assets and debts in what it deems to be a fair manner, which does not necessarily mean equally divided. We will help you reach an outcome regarding property division that not only ensures you receive a fair share of assets but that you also keep what is most important to you.
Child Custody and Child Support
Michigan law requires the court to presume it is in the best interests of children to maintain a close relationship with both parents. If the parents agree on joint custody, the court will usually agree and order it, unless it would not be in the children’s best interests. Depending on the circumstances, a court can also award one parent physical custody of the child and will create a visitation schedule for the other parent, or may even order a guardian to be a child’s primary caregiver. We help you find the best solution for your children regarding custody.
Under Michigan’s family laws, child support amounts are determined by using the Michigan Child Support Formula taking into account factors like the income of each parent, the number of children being supported, actual childcare costs, and parenting time schedules. We work with clients to resolve all types of child support issues, including:
- Assisting with calculating initial child support amounts
- Modification of child support due to a change in circumstances
- Collection of delinquent child support payments
- Proceedings to establish or challenge paternity
Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
Prenuptial agreements are a legal tool for couples starting a life together through marriage and often clarify financial rights, prevent extended arguments in the case of divorce, and protect each other from spousal debt. You can seek a prenuptial and/or postnuptial agreement for a wide variety of reasons. We help our clients establish prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, also called prenuptial or antenuptial agreements, to meet Michigan requirements of fairness, voluntary execution, and good faith.
Most prenuptial and postnuptial agreements tackle financial issues such as real estate, division of bank accounts, and potential spousal support in the event of a divorce or separation. Couples can seek prenuptial and postnuptial agreements for a wide variety of reasons. However, drafting an enforceable agreement can be complex, and getting it right is critical. While Courts often uphold prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, there is a number of reasons why the same may be vulnerable to attack, which is important for both parties to understand when entering into a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.
Contact a Fausone Bohn, LLP Family Law Attorney for a Free Consultation
For more information on how Fausone Bohn, LLP can help with your family law matter, or to schedule a free consultation with one of our experienced divorce and child custody lawyers, please reach out to us online or call us at 248-380-0000. We represent clients in divorce and family law matters throughout Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, Livingston, and Washtenaw counties.