Oakland County Family Law Lawyer
Family law is complex. Unlike criminal law and business law, where there are typically clear lines surrounding what is and is not legal, the laws that govern family relationships tend to be more malleable and leave more to the court’s discretion. This is by design: Michigan lawmakers and lawmakers in all other states understand that every family is unique and that there is no “one size fits all” solution to family law issues.
So, what can you expect in family court? Expect your children’s best interest to be the top priority in every decision that involves them. For decisions strictly between you and your spouse, expect the court to consider a variety of factors that create the “big picture” about your relationship, like your individual financial and personal needs. To get a better sense of what you can expect based on your individual circumstances, discuss your case with an experienced family lawyer. Equity plays a very important role in a lot of family law decisions. That means “fairness”. However, “fairness” is in the eye of the beholder and in most cases what one party believes is fair, the other party thinks is unfair.
Family Law Cases We Handle
Family law is more than just divorce, though it does involve divorce and all the issues tangentially related to it. Below are the types of family law cases our firm handles:
- Prenuptial agreements;
- Property division;
- Child custody issues, such as modifying a custody order and handling third-party custody petitions;
- Child support issues, such as enforcing and terminating child support orders;
- Spousal support issues;
- Domestic violence;
- Issues related to relocation with a minor child; and
- Paternity actions.
It is not uncommon for an individual to be facing two or more of these issues at the same time. For example, you will need to divide your property according to the doctrine of equitable distribution in your divorce, and if you have a minor child, a custody order will also be part of your divorce settlement. Your lawyer can help you navigate the intersections between these family law issues and help you understand how the court works to make its decisions. In doing so, your lawyer can help you develop realistic expectations for your case and assert your rights.
Working with a Family Lawyer
Work with a family lawyer who can provide compassionate support while acting in your best interest. You have rights in every legal situation, and your lawyer’s job is to protect your rights. You must receive solid, educated and straightforward advice, even when it may not be what you want to hear. Do not simply find support from a lawyer or friend who always agrees with you. The best outcomes are obtained when aggressive advocacy is combined with accurate knowledge of the law. Simply fighting over everything is not what obtains the best result. The end of the case is meant to be the beginning of the rest of your life. The court fight will not last forever so your approach to litigation should be determined by what is best for you in the long term. In many cases, the best family law outcomes are reached through mediation or collaboration. Your lawyer may suggest using one of these strategies to reach an appropriate resolution to your issue. If this does not work, you might have to head to court and litigate your case.
Work with an Experienced Oakland County Family Law Lawyer
When you are facing one or more of the family law issues listed above, work with an experienced family lawyer who can be your advocate. To get started, contact Paul Tafelski today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office. We can answer all of your questions and work with you to move forward with your case.