Managing The Costs Of Divorce
I know the costs of divorce scare many people into compromising their rights to property or parenting time just so they can “get it over with.” This feeling is natural, but no way to run your case. This is your family and your future — you deserve quality representation for a fair price.
At Buk Law, I will be upfront with you about my hourly rates for divorce and how I calculate them. That way you can make an informed decision before you hire me. I will also not charge you for time spent on the phone or the emails we exchange. Communication and trust are what will make us successful. I do not want you to feel you can’t call me to discuss a concern for fear of the bill.
When you hire my firm, you get a listening ear and strong advocate who only seeks to help you move forward from this difficult time.
Divorce Without (Minor) Children
If you do not have children under the age of 18, then your divorce will focus on the issues of property division and possibly spousal support. Michigan’s laws are fairly straightforward when it comes to the division of marital property and debt. Whatever both of you contributed to the marriage — both assets and debts — will be divided between the two of you.
This could lead to a discussion about spousal support, which is sometimes called alimony. Spousal support is based on a variety of factors such as:
- Each spouse’s ability to support themselves after the divorce
- The length of the marriage
- The income disparity between spouses
- Whether either spouse gave up a career to take care of the home or the kids
Unlike child support, it’s never guaranteed that you will get spousal support or that you will avoid paying it. As your attorney, I will work toward a solution that places you on a path to independence, both materially and financially.
Dealing With Custody Issues
I am a family man. I put my kids on the bus every morning before coming into work. So, I understand implicitly the value you place on spending time with your children. I will work hard to ensure you receive equitable parenting time and pay only your fair share of child support, which is determined via a statutory formula. I represent mothers and fathers equally, married or unmarried, in resolving tough custody disputes.
Finding The Right Path Forward
Many courts these days, including Michigan’s family courts, encourage families to work out the issues of property division, custody and support through more amicable means like negotiation or mediation. These processes allow you to avoid a courtroom drama and minimize the stress divorce can place on children. They are also often quicker and more cost-effective since you — who know your family best — make the decisions.
I will recommend whatever course of action makes sense given your goals and your family’s needs. For many people, that means coming to the negotiating table prepared. For others, it may take a judge’s input to finalize the issues. I will be at your side, protecting your rights and interests, in either scenario.
Contact My Office For Family-Centered Legal Representation
When you need a skilled, compassionate family lawyer, turn to Buk Law in Shelby Township. My family has provided legal services for the tri-county area for decades. Call 586-884-7083 to schedule a free initial consultation. Evening and Saturday appointments are available if needed.