I have been practicing law in West Michigan for over 25 years. Of this,... more
I have been practicing law in West Michigan for over 25 years. Of this, approximately ten years has been devoted primarily to divorce, custody and other vitally important family law areas of practice. Prior to specializing in family law, I worked in general civil litigation. I have first chair trial experience in the areas of construction design and defect litigation, automobile no-fault and... view profile
C. Michael Villar I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and went on... more
C. Michael Villar I graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and went on to hold clerkships for the Honorable George R. Corsiglia in the Allegan Circuit Court and for the Michigan Court of Appeals. Since entering private practice in 1993, I have participated in numerous high visibility cases throughout Southwest Michigan. I have also worked for one of the largest law firms in ... view profile
Raymond Pater was born in The Netherlands as one of eight children. After his family... more
Raymond Pater was born in The Netherlands as one of eight children. After his family immigrated to the US, and although of modest means, six of his siblings attended college and two went on to obtain PhDs, later becoming college professors. An older sister never attended high school, but was admitted to college because of a nearly illegible transcript and ironically went on to become a high sch... view profile
A divorce lawyer helps you if you no longer want to be married. Whether you want a legal separation or the marriage ended, divorce lawyers assist you to arrange financial and family matters, typically in a negotiation with your spouse's lawyer. Alimony, child custody, child support, and a fair division of community assets (like who keeps the house or how your checking and savings accounts are divided) are matters that a divorce lawyer is trained to help determine.