I am a lifelong resident of West Michigan. I have been practicing law since 1977, and I have handled cases in all West Michigan Courts. I have also argued cases before the Michigan Court of Appeals and the Michigan Supreme Court.
Practice areas & skills: Child Support, Criminal Defense, Child Custody, Divorce & Separation, Probate
I moved from California to Grand Rapids, MI when I was only 10 years old, therefore I consider Grand Rapids my home. I majored in International Business Studies and marketing and while in law school did a study abroad in Paris and Toronto for Int...
Practice areas & skills: Child Support, Immigration, Divorce & Separation, Family
Review: “Shawn is an excellent Lawyer for Family matters. She is very trustworthy, honest, respectful, all kept me in the loop. I would for sure refer her to any friends or family that would need a lawyer for any of the things she...
Practice areas & skills: Child Support, Mediation, Family, Child Custody, Criminal Defense
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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.