The attorneys at Garton & Vogt, P.C., have years of experience handling the legal matters that affect families most. We continue to guide our clients through the divorce process, helping them get the results they need and deserve in this difficult time.
When they first visit our Clinton Township, Michigan, law office, the first question many people ask about divorce is how long it will take. While we can't predict the future, we can tell them that Michigan, at the very least, requires a mandatory waiting period of 60 days for couples without children and 180 days for couples with children. This time can be made longer for couples who disagree about major issues in their divorce — although we try to help our clients avoid long, drawn-out divorces by working efficiently and effectively.
Child custody and parenting time: When a couple has children, child custody is one of the major issues in a divorce. In Michigan, child custody is determined according to the "best interests of the child." It's important to have a strong lawyer on your side to make sure that the judge understands what your child's best interests really are.
Child support: We also help parents determine child support issues under the Michigan guidelines. This can get complex, especially when one parent owns his or her own business or underreports income.
- Alimony or spousal support: Some divorces involve an award of alimony, a payment to one spouse toward the support of another. At Garton & Vogt, P.C., we can help protect your interests in spousal support determinations.
- Division of property: Michigan uses equitable division laws, meaning that judges try to divide property acquired during the marriage equitably. Equitable does not necessarily mean "equal," but it is often about 50/50.
We Take Uncertainty And Fear Out Of The Divorce Process
Family law conflicts, like divorce, can be some of the most difficult experiences people go through in their lifetimes. But alternative dispute resolution methods can be a good way to take the uncertainty and fear out of the divorce process. When a divorce involves courtroom fighting, a judge makes the decisions and the parties have to live with them. But, when mediation or negotiation is part of the divorce process, people have the opportunity to shape solutions that really work for them.
At Garton & Vogt, P.C., we take this approach to divorce. We have years of experience using more collaborative divorce methods in our law practice, so divorcing couples have more control over the results they get. However, we never hesitate to fight when your future is on the line. We have a great deal of courtroom success and fight hard when courtroom action is needed to protect you or your children.
Talk To Garton & Vogt, P.C.
If you are going through a divorce, or think you might talk confidentially with a lawyer. Contact Garton & Vogt, P.C., by calling 586-257-2692 for a free phone consultation. We can help you understand your options and your rights in a Michigan divorce.