I have been practicing law in West Michigan for over 24 years. Of this,... more
I have been practicing law in West Michigan for over 24 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
I have been an Attorney in Michigan for 32 years. I attended Alma College and The... more
I have been an Attorney in Michigan for 32 years. I attended Alma College and The University Of Maryland European Campus in Frankfurt Germany while serving in The United States Army. I was assigned to The Third Armor Division and received an Honorable Discharge and Certificate of Achievement for outstanding service. I graduated from The Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982. After Law School grad... 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
General litigator in areas of real estate, zoning, contract and administrative law,... more
General litigator in areas of real estate, zoning, contract and administrative law, and experienced in land use issues unique to West Michigan lakeshore property ownership. Also experienced in areas of criminal, family and municipal law.
Family law includes laws of marriage, civil unions, same-sex relationships, domestic partnerships, divorce, separation, property settlements, alimony, spousal abuse, adoption, child abuse, child support, child custody and kidnapping. If you need help with a family-related legal issue, a family law attorney can advise in family disputes as well as represent you in lawsuits.