Novi, Michigan is one of the larger cities in Oakland County and has a number of great programs to support families. From going green to father/daughter dances, the area is a great place to raise a family. If you have issues within your family structure, you will want to get the help of a lawyer that works within family law to provide you with guidance.
To avoid a messy divorce, it may be advantageous to explore prenuptials. This is an agreement that you and your spouse-to-be enters into that will dictate how a divorce will be handled if one should happen. You can choose this as an option to protect some of your property and ensure that a marriage is entered into for the right reasons.
If you and your spouse decide that the marriage was a mistake or you can no longer get along for one reason or another, there are two options: annulment and divorce. Annulment is retroactive, which means it is as though the marriage never happened. It's not always the viable option, in which case divorce is what you will go through.
Property division and spousal support are the two main issues that need to be dealt with when there is a divorce. Essentially, this is to determine who gets what and if there needs to be support for the other person in the marriage. If there is a primary earner in the house, he or she may have to pay support to the other in order to provide a financial basis until they can get to a level of providing for him or herself.
The property division can become ugly if there are multiple real estate properties or a significant amount of other property to be dealt with. Each party having a lawyer can help to ensure that everything is divided fairly.
If you and your spouse have a child within the marriage, there is always the issue of child custody. Who is going to be the primary guardian? This needs to be established and if the Oakland County courts have to decide, you want a lawyer to help you fight for what you believe to be in the child's best interests. Novi is a beautiful area and you may want to ensure the child resides with you to attend these schools.
Child support is a court order for the noncustodial parent to give to the custodial parent as means to provide a good home for the child. This will cover living expenses, food, clothing, and other items that can be laid out within a parenting plan. Visitation rights, education, and other items need to be written into the agreement as well.
There may also be an issue of someone claiming the need for child support on a child born outside of a marriage. In this event, a paternity test can be ordered to ensure the father is established.
Regardless of what you deal with in Novi, you can find a family lawyer to assist you. Let Attorney Jannelle Zawadieh help with your case. Call her today for a free consultation.
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