The Law Firm of Victoria focuses on two things: Family law and your long-term well-being. The firm has vast experience representing women and their families throughout Troy and all surrounding areas.
The Law Firm of Victoria has the skill, dedication, and experience to help you determine the best solution and strategy for your particular situation.
For comprehensive and skilled family law representation, schedule a consultation with a divorce lawyer from The Law Firm of Victoria. The firm specializes in handling family law matters, and is dedicated to offering clients straightforward advice and guidance tailored to their individual and family goals.
An Experienced Divorce and Family Law Firm to Serve Your Needs
At The Victoria Law Firm, we understand every divorce case is unique and not every case needs to be contested. However, others do require zealous, thorough advocacy.
Aiming for an amicable divorce can save you time and money and we have had success in handling collaborative divorces. Although we are only a woman’s family law firm, we can work with both parties to help resolve differences and reach important agreements on issues such as child custody and parenting time.
Our office has handled a wide variety of high-asset divorce proceedings and family law matters for years throughout Troy and its surrounding communities.
Our experience has shown us the simplest approach yields the greatest results. However, we have also helped many women through highly-contested or complex divorces.
Our legal team will advocate for your best interests and a fair division of assets.
Divorce Issues in Michigan – Child Support, Alimony, and Child Custody
If you are a woman living in Michigan and considering a divorce, there are several family law issues to focus on before taking the first steps. These are child support, alimony, and child custody. Here are the most salient points of each:
The purpose of child support is to help with the costs of raising children who are involved in a divorce. In most cases, these payments end when the child turns 18 but can be extended under certain circumstances.
The formula that the state of Michigan uses to determine what parents will pay and how much support is received, is determined by several factors such as, each parent’s earnings, how many children require the support, how much parenting each parent will do, health, dental, childcare, education costs, and other expenses, are all factors used to obtain how much support will be received.
Unlike child support, there is no formula regarding spousal support. This is determined by the court on an individual case basis. It can be decided that payments will be received or paid for a fixed period or until further order of the court.
The court in Michigan considers many factors when determining spousal support payments. Among them:
- The current earnings, and earning capacities of both spouses
- The ability of a spouse to pay alimony
- The assets and liabilities of the couple
- The education level of each spouse and how long the dependent spouse may need, to better prepare themselves to earn a living
- The length of the marriage
- The mental, physical, and emotional state of each parent
The Uniform Child Custody Act adopted by Michigan aims to govern issues related to the custody of children in divorce cases. The primary point of this act is that all decisions are based on the child’s best interests. Factors used in this determination are:
(a) The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.
(b) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any.
(c) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs.
(d) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
(e) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.
(f) The moral fitness of the parties involved.
(g) The mental and physical health of the parties involved.
(h) The home, school, and community record of the child.
(i) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference.
(j) The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents.
(k) Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.
(l) Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.
There are two types of child custody:
This refers to a parent being allowed to make important decisions in their child’s life such as the school they will attend, their religious instruction, and decisions related to their healthcare.
This refers to where the child lives physically and the parenting time schedule.
How Our Women Divorce Attorneys Can Help You
The family law attorneys at The Law Firm of Victoria wants to help you move forward in the most positive manner possible. From uncertainty to a hopeful future, a qualified women’s family lawyer can guide you the entire way. For many years, The Law Firm of Victoria has helped many families settle their cases peacefully in the greater Troy area and our experienced divorce lawyers are ready to help you as well. Schedule a no-obligation consultation today.
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