Transitions Legal provides legal counsel in all matters of family law and domestic relations.
A divorce lawyer can support clients in these cases: divorce, child support, alimony, step-parent adoption, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, custody issues, parenting time issues, property settlements and post-judgment issues.
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Divorce is a legal process for ending a marriage.
In the state of Michigan, a court must find that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship to the extent that there is no reasonable likelihood that the parties can preserve the marriage.
Collaborative Divorce is a humane, team-oriented approach to the legal process of ending a marriage.
This dignified approach to divorce involves lawyers and other professionals, including therapists, divorce coaches, and financial planners, who come together as a team to guide a respectful and fluid process that avoids the need for court battles.
Gray Divorce is the term for a couple who splits after age 50. It’s been a trend in the last five or ten years, and has been known by other terms too – “silver splitter” or “diamond divorce”.
Simply put, Gray Divorce is a later-in-life divorce, driven by a reckoning that perhaps the partners are no longer compatible as they come into their own and decide what they want for retirement and beyond.
Mediation is different from the act of practicing law in that the Mediator becomes a neutral third party, whose role is to help divorcing parties discuss and resolve their dispute.
This happens outside of court. If Alisa Peskin-Shepherd serves as Mediator for a couple seeking to end their marriage, she cannot later represent one of them as a divorce lawyer.
Limited Scope Representation
Limited Scope Representation, also referred to as “unbundling” or “limited services,” refers to one specific legal service, rather than a full package of divorce support from start to finish.
Child Custody & Parenting Time
Who gets the kids? Issues around child custody may be the biggest question facing divorcing parents!
Most parents want to ensure they have significant time with their children post-divorce. And this can be a source of tension and negotiation in a divorce process.
Child Support & Spousal Support
Every Michigan divorce judgment involving children younger than 18 (or 19 ½ if the child is still in high school), includes a provision concerning child support.
Child support is money paid by one parent to the other, to assist in the raising of the children.
So many couples don’t anticipate post-judgment issues because it is easy to focus on issues that are important at the time they go through the divorce. It’s much harder to look far into the future to see what might arise later on.
Prenuptial & Postnuptial Agreements
It seems like prenuptial and postnuptial agreements only factor highly in movies, but they are a necessity for many American couples.
Whether it occurs to you before you marry, or the idea comes up after you’ve already said, “I do,” prenuptial and postnuptial agreements protect individual assets and people in a marriage in the event of eventual problems.
When a couple divorces, there is often a need to divide property. Property settlements can include any assets – a home, investments, and more.
Divorce lawyers conduct a careful discovery process to determine what, exactly, the marital estate consists of and how to arrange property settlements.
Step-parent adoption is the act of adopting the non-biological children of one’s spouse.
Sometimes, when a divorced person remarries, or following the death of a spouse the surviving spouse decides to marry again, a step-parent wants to adopt the children from a prior marriage or relationship.