I began my career by working as a Research Attorney for a Family Court Judge in... more
I began my career by working as a Research Attorney for a Family Court Judge in March 2001, after graduating from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. After working for a Family Court Judge for five years and watching what trials do to families, I decided that I would do whatever it takes to avoid high conflict divorces that ended in divorce trials. After joining a firm in March 2006 that had a qua... view profile
This is a hard and troubling process to break up a relationship that involves... more
This is a hard and troubling process to break up a relationship that involves children or to divorce your spouse. I work hard to stay prepared by earning the Michigan Family Law Certificate and being trained as a mediator. We cannot always please everybody and opposing parties may become angry while we fight for our client. We work hard to help you if you no longer want to be married o... view profile
If you are a parent and you divorce, the parent the child lives with often receives money (child support) from the parent no longer living with the child. Unlike alimony, which is paid to maintain an ex-spouse's lifestyle, child support pays for the child's physical, emotional, and educational needs. A child support lawyer can help parents negotiate and calculate child support, either by agreement or in court. While national guidelines to calculate child support amounts exist, you or the judge may choose to calculate the amount based on your income and the child's needs. If you believe you are not the father of a child and want to contest a child support claim, a child support lawyer can also help you determine paternity. A child support lawyer can be useful during negotiations to help objectively determine the most appropriate amount of child support for your situation and protect against paternity fraud.