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Areas of Practice

  • Michigan has a no-fault divorce policy, meaning a “defense” is not necessary for an unwanted divorce. It must be proven that the marriage is broken down to the point of completely destroyed matrimony, with no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. A relationship can be terminated by the court regardless of who was at fault. However, fault does play a role in the court’s determination of child custody, spousal support, and property rights.

    If you are a resident of Michigan, a 6 month waiting period is necessary if minor children are involved, and a waiting period of 2 months if not. However, this waiting period begins from the filing of the complaint and ends with the entry of the judgment of divorce.

    Most divorce cases settle out of court, with cost as a main factor. As most do not want their future, the future of their children, and their property rights determined by a third party, parties typically come to agreement through mediation. “Mediation” can now be enforced through the court, which is an attempt to settle the matter with a mediator to help the couple. Our attorney can help couples to reach an agreement both can live with, whether through direct negotiations, mediation, or settlement discussions.

    A knowledgeable attorney is essential during divorce proceedings. Although some cases can be settled amicably, for your protection the settlement should be reviewed by an attorney before the finalization. Be mindful that most settlements can be contested or set aside if mistakes, fraud, or other irregular matters exist.

  • Spousal support is also known as alimony and/or spousal maintenance.  Spousal support is the financial support provided by one spouse to the other in order to maintain an accustomed lifestyle from the marriage.  However, not everyone qualifies for spousal support.  When determining the qualification of spousal support, the court takes several factors into consideration, and it depends on each individual situation for every case.

  • When determining the parenting time/visitation rights, the best interests of the the child play a major role in the judge’s consideration. However, in cases where an order needs a modification, 75 percent of the 12 factors of the child’s best interests must be in your benefit to set aside a parenting time/visitation decision. Also, a significant circumstance since the filing of the original agreement must have occurred to change the agreed arrangement.

    Call now to schedule your free initial consultation. Our experienced attorney will analyze your situation, provide honest feedback, and give you an idea of where your chances of success stand.  Let our office represent your matter to present the strongest case for the modification of your parenting time/child visitation order.

  • Whether you were previously married or not, child support is a necessary court-ordered payment to assist with the cost of raising a child. Financial support from both parents is required, whether parental rights are terminated or if parties agree to diminish parenting time. The court will essentially decide in the favor of the children when determining child support.

  • With personal and professional experience regarding child custody matters, our attorney is extremely knowledgeable and empathetic in the trials and tribulations associated with this matter.When determining the custody of a child, the best interests of the the child play a major role in the judge’s consideration.

    Legal and physical custody are very different, as legal custody grants the parent the right to make important decisions regarding where they attend school, religious aspects, and major medical decisions. However, physical custody refers to the child’s living arrangements. Another factor in child custody is determining if it will be “sole” or “joint”.  With “sole” custody, one parent has custody, and with “joint” custody, the parents share.  It is important to have a knowledgable attorney to help assist in the determination of a child’s future. After a judgment is reached, many times a case will go back to court in which mediation is essential in smoothing a potentially troublesome road.  Let our office assist you on your matter and help ease your mind knowing that you have well informed attorney on your side.

  • Spousal support is also known as alimony and/or spousal maintenance.  Spousal support is the financial support provided by one spouse to the other in order to maintain an accustomed lifestyle from the marriage.  However, not everyone qualifies for spousal support.  When determining the qualification of spousal support, the court takes several factors into consideration, and it depends on each individual situation for every case.

  • If you’re being verbally, emotionally or sexually abused, it’s time to educate yourself to protect the physical and mental health of yourself and those you love. Victims of domestic violence may be married, people in relationships, former dating partners, family members or others in the household.

  • Many people in an abusive relationship do not know that Michigan law provides ways to escape such situations. Victims can obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO) preventing the abuser or stalker from contacting the victim. The attorneys at Stimpson & Associates can help you through the process to keep you and your family safe.

  • During a divorce, Stimpson & Associates can negotiate on your behalf the division of property: home/property, bank accounts, insurance policies, business holdings, collectibles and gifts/inheritances.

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