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Ellen M. Paynter

Ellen M. Paynter

Practice areas:

Divorce & Separation, Family, Child Custody, Child Support, Alimony, Marriage & Prenuptials

About Me

My law practice focuses on family law, including: divorce, separate maintence, custody, child support, and paternity and other family law matters like prenuptial agreements.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1995

  1. Divorce & Separation: 50%
    20 years
  2. Marriage & Prenuptials: 10%
    20 years
  3. Alimony: 10%
    20 years
  4. Child Support: 10%
    20 years
  5. Other: 20%
  6. More 



Hourly ($225-275/hour), Free Consultation (30 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

4 total 

  • Adam S. Alexander

    If you are going through divorce, thinking about divorce, or have child custody issues, Ellen Paynter is the lawyer you need to call. Ms. Paynter has extensive experience in every court in the Detroit-Metro area, and with every possible issue in divorce. Her knowledge of the judges, the referees, and the process will be highly beneficial during the difficult process of divorce.


    Adam Alexander Credit Repair Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kathleen L. Cole

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Kathleen Cole Family Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Paynter & Associates

7071 Orchard Lake Rd Ste 245
West Bloomfield, MI, 48322



MIActive And In Good Standing199509/02/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certificate Domestic Relations Mediation WorkshopMediation Training & Consultation Institute2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
AttorneyPaynter & Associates2005 - Present
AssociateFerrick & Weinreich, PLLC2003 - 2004
AssociatePowers, Chapman, DeAgostino, Meyers & Milia, P.C.2000 - 2003
AttorneyLaw Office of Ellen M. Paynter1995 - 2000
Law ClerkFord Motor Company Office Of The General Counsel1994 - 1995
Legal InternArchdioces of Detroit / Office of Migration1994 - 1994


Association NamePosition NameDuration
U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th CircuitAdmitted to Practice1996 - Present
Oakland County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM)Member1995 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1995 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
Oakland County Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember1995 - Present
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of MichiganAdmitted to Practice1995 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
People v. I ~ Felony Non-Support ActionDismissed

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Publication NameTitleDate
YourMichiganLawyers.com10 Steps in Preparing for a Divorce in Michigan2012


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Detroit College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Michigan State UniversityInternational RelationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1991
Lansing Community College, Japan Adventure ProgramStudy Abroad, Otsu, JapanJapanese Language and Culture1990
Alma CollegeStudy Abroad, Paris, FranceFrench Language and Culture1988

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
DIY Divorce, Custody and SupportDIY Divorce, Custody and Support2009