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Divorce Attorney in Michigan - Stimpson & Associates

Going through a divorce is emotionally taxing on the entire family. During this difficult time, you want to not only protect yourself but also the well-being of your children, and we understand how stressful these proceedings can get.

At the law offices of Stimpson & Associates, P.C., we provide the stalwart legal support you and your family need. Attorney David M. Stimpson has helped hundreds of clients during his career as a divorce attorney.

Turn to us for unyielding advocacy to help you achieve the best outcome for your divorce case. We can help with every aspect of your divorce case including property division, child custody, and parenting time. Call us at 517.423.0999 for a free consultation.

 

 

  • 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.

    The five main issues in divorce are as follows:

    • Property distribution
    • Spousal support
    • Legal custody
    • Physical parenting (parenting plan)
    • Child support

    No matter where you are in the process, Stimpson & Associates can help. We can negotiate on your behalf to reach an agreement for your situation.

    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 finalized.

  • 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. However, the court may consider additional things:

    • Length of the marriage
    • Each spouse’s income
    • Each spouse’s abilities/disabilities
    • Education level
    • Domestic violence issues
    • Work history
    • Necessity and length of training to return to the work force
    • Career possibilities in the geographical area

    A knowledgeable attorney is essential during divorce proceedings. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • 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 knowledgeable 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.

    Factors to consider regarding the best interest of the child in Michigan:

    • The love and affection between a parent and child
    • The ability of each parent to offer the child guidance and love in the continuation of education
    • The ability of each parent to provide food, clothing, and medical care
    • The length of time the child has lived in a stable environment and whether that environment may continue the permanence of the family unit in each home
    • The moral fitness of each parent
    • The mental and physical condition of each parent
    • The home, school, and community record of the child
    • If the child is older than 12, the preference of the child
    • The ability and willingness of each parent to foster a good relationship with the other parent
    • Domestic violence
    • The court may consider other relevant factors

    Call now to schedule your free initial consultation. Let our office represent your child custody matter to present the strongest case for the change of custody.

  • Parenting time, is also know as child visitation, is the amount of time a “non-custodial” parent gets to spend with their child. It can be broken down into days, times, holidays, and at what frequency a parent gets to spend time with their child. It is critical for parents to work together to develop an arrangement that works best for the child and family, which is why a knowledgeable mediator is essential to the progress of this process.

    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.

    Factors that are considered when the court decides child support:

    • Income of each parent
    • Parenting time arrangements
    • Amount of children supported
    • Medical costs
    • Child care costs
    • Other factors

    A knowledgeable attorney is essential during divorce proceedings. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • When determining the parenting time/visitation rights, the best interests of 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.

  • During a divorce, Stimpson & Associates can negotiate on your behalf the division of property:

    • Home/property
    • Bank accounts
    • Insurance policies,
    • Pensions
    • Business holdings
    • Collectibles
    • Gifts/inheritances

    A knowledgeable attorney is essential during divorce proceedings. Contact us for a free consultation.

  • 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.

    Attorneys at Stimpson & Associates take this matter very seriously and can help you.

  • 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.

  • Establishing paternity is beneficial for mothers, fathers, and children. It aids unmarried mothers in receiving child support, and it helps unmarried fathers obtain parenting time. It also may assist in obtaining benefits, such as health care coverage, for the children through the father.

    Even if the father of your child does not want to support your child financially, he is legally responsible to do so. You can name him on your child’s birth certificate, or you can have him sign an official paternity statement. If he refuses to sign a paternity statement, you can legally establish his paternity through a court order.

    If you don’t know who your child’s father is, DNA testing can help you identify him, the court may even mandate DNA testing. After you’ve determined who the father is, you can legally establish paternity.

    At the law offices of Stimpson & Associates, P.C., our attorney can guide you through the legal process of establishing paternity. We always seek your family’s best interests as we fight for your rights. Call today for a free consultation.