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James W. Kraayeveld

About Me

I have been practicing family law for 21 years.  It is my goal to provide each client with individual attention because each client and each case is different, and I enjoy the personal interaction with a client and working towards successful completion of each case to the benefit of each family. 


I have seen a need to specialize in parental alienation cases which has led to an overal greater experience in child custody cases.


Secondly, I have specialized in complex divorce matters involving significant assets, business assets, determining complex income issues of executives, self employed, or those in the miliary for child and spousal support purposes.


Languages Spoken: English, Dutch

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Practice Areas


  1. Child Custody: 40%
    22 years
  2. Divorce & Separation: 40%
    22 years
  3. Alimony: 10%
    22 years
  4. Military Law: 10%



Retainer (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Robert F. Mirque Jr.

    I known Jim Kraayeveld for many years and I believe him to be a great attorney. He works hard for his clients and is extremely knowledgeable of the law and the courts. I would not hesitate to recommend him to one of my family or friends.


    Robert Mirque Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Robert Werner von Dohlen

    I endorse this lawyer. Great Family Law advocate!


    Robert von Dohlen Insurance Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Kraayeveld Law Offices PC

300 State St SE
Grand Rapids, MI, 49503


MIActive And In Good Standing199309/01/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
BV ratingMartindale Hubbell2012
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
OwnerKraayeveld Law Offices, P.C.1993 - Present
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Kent County Friend of the Court Advisory CommitteeVice Chair2014 - Present
International Academy of Collaborative ProfessionalsMember2009 - 2012
Michigan Council for Family and Divorce MediationMember2005 - 2011
Ada TownshipMember - Board of Review2003 - 2007
Mel Trotter Pro Bono Legal ServicesFounding Member2001 - 2007
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law SectionMember2000 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Solo and Small Firms SectionMember1999 - Present
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionTreasurer1996 - 1997
Grand Rapids Bar Association, Young Lawyers SectionBoard Member1994 - 1999
Grand Rapids Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Family Law SectionMember1993 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Van Malsen v Van MalsenDefendant prevailed.
Mork v MorkDefendant prevailed on that issue.
Roodvoets v RoycePrevailed on appeal.
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Publication NameTitleDate
Grand Rapids PressOver the Counter Pregnancy Tests2008
Issues in Law and MedicineNota Bene1991
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Calvin CollegePolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1990
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Legal Aid ClinicFamily law2009
Legal Aid ClinicChild Support2008
Legal Aid ClinicFamily Law2007
Ask the LawyerFrequently Asked Questions2004