Not Just Divorce
Family is the most important relationships we have. In Michigan, family law issues are heard by the Circuit courts, and counties have judges that hear only family law cases.
Michigan is a no-fault divorce State, meaning that if one party wants a divorce the court will eventually grant it.
Each and every day our family law attorneys handle issues regarding:
- Child Custody
- Child Support
- Grandparents’ Rights
- Parenting Time
- Pre and Postnuptial Agreements
- Property Division
- Separation Agreements
- Spousal Support
For your initial consultation with one of our experienced attorneys, complete our online form or dial (616) 229-3002.
Custody and Parenting Time and Parenting Times
It is the job of the Court (meaning the Judge of the family court) to determine and to make decisions in the best interests of the child. The Friend of the Court (FOC) is an administrative body that investigates the family relationship and makes recommendations to the family court judge. Michigan law, MCL 552.505(1)(g) provides, “The friend of the court is to investigate all relevant facts and make a written report and recommendation to parents and to the court regarding child custody....” FOC investigators assist the judges in making recommendations regarding the amount of contact and decision-making authority parents will have with their child.
At Scozzari Graham, PLLC, like other firms we file divorce actions. However, we also maintain a vigorous motion practice on behalf of clients who seek redress regarding the violation of family law court orders, and on behalf of victims of domestic violence.
For purposes of the Batterer Intervention Standards for the State of Michigan,1 domestic violence is defined as “…is a pattern of controlling behaviors, some of which are criminal, that includes but is not limited to physical assaults, sexual assaults, emotional abuse, isolation, economic coercion, threats, stalking and intimidation. These behaviors are used by the batterer in an effort to control the intimate partner. The behavior may be directed at others with the effect of controlling the intimate partner.”
For purposes of the Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Act, domestic violence is defined as follows: “‘Domestic violence’ means the occurrence of any of the following acts by a person that is not an act of self defense: (i) Causing or attempting to cause physical or mental harm to a family or household member. (ii) Placing a family or household member in fear of physical or mental harm. (iii) Causing or attempting to cause a family or household member to engage in involuntary sexual activity by force, threat of force, or duress.”
The Role of the Lawyer
When it comes to family law questions, you might be wondering why a lawyer is even necessary. Many people think that they can just go to family court and take care of thing all on their own. The reality of the situation, of course, is that this is not the best way to ensure that you receive the most favorable outcome possible. In fact, not hiring a family law attorney is a great way to find yourself in a world of hurt. The laws regarding the issues discussed above – things like adoption, custody, child support, and even domestic violence disputes – can be complex, and often require the knowledge of an expert to be fully understood.
With the above in mind, we hope you are beginning to see how important it is to hire the best family attorney you possibly can. At Scozzari Graham, PLLC, we are proud to offer you help by attorneys who have spent their careers helping other individuals just like yourself. We can help ensure that you receive the best outcome possible – indeed, that is our entire goal. We will work hard to make sure that your case is handled well.
Even more than that, however, we will work hard to try and make the confusing and frustrating experience of dealing with the law as quick and painless as possible for you. We can also ensure that you don’t miss any filing deadlines or court dates, both issues that could significantly negatively affect your case.
Let Scozzari Graham help you understand how the family law legal process works.