Living in Waterford Twp., Michigan makes you part of a great community of more than 72,000 people. The area is growing, and is made up of five unincorporated communities. No matter which one of those areas you call home, you may find that the dreams you had of a family life aren't working out. If you're headed for divorce, it's important you find the right attorney to help you through the process.
The best attorney for the job is one who has helped a lot of clients in your situation, and who understands all the issues - both small and large - that can come along with spouses who are ending their marriage. You need a family law attorney, so you can get your questions answered and the paperwork filed. Divorce isn't easy, but the sooner it's completed the sooner you can start moving on with your life in Waterford.
One of the most important areas to consider is child custody. If you have children with your spouse, you'll have to decide which one of you those children will live with and who will pay child support. The amount of support paid will be set by the court, and there is a minimum that must be paid based on income and number of children. In some cases, a child support request can bring up questions of paternity. Those will have to be addressed before the divorce and child support ruling can be completed.
If you're planning on asking for more than the minimum required amount of child support, you'll need to make a good case as to why it's necessary. An attorney can help you do that, and can also help you if you're asking for alimony. Spousal support isn't nearly as common as it used to be, but there are still some divorce cases where it's offered. Your Waterford Twp. attorney can give you more information on whether you might qualify for spousal support and whether you should request it in the divorce filing.
Dividing your property is another area where an attorney can be of help. If you had a prenuptial agreement, that may clearly spell out what you will or won't receive. Not all prenups are valid, though, and it's possible your attorney will find that the document you have is not enforceable. If you didn't have a prenup, or it's not valid, you and your spouse will need to come to an agreement on who is to receive what property. That includes houses, cars, furniture, money, and anything else the two of you own together.
Spouses who can't agree on who receives what in a divorce settlement will have to abide by the judge's ruling. It's often much more satisfactory to both parties if an agreement can be reached beforehand. Working with a family law attorney can help with that, as well.
Another area where family law attorneys can be helpful is in the case of annulment. If there was fraud in your marriage, you were misled or coerced into marrying, or your spouse was already married to someone else, you may be able to have your marriage annulled. Unlike a divorce, this would make it appear as though the marriage never existed. Let Attorney Jannelle Zawadieh help with your case. Call her today for a free consultation.
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