Family Law

At some point, a family law issue touches almost every household. These issues are highly emotional and complex and include divorce, custody, spousal support, parenting time and paternity as well as other issues that affect families. Navigating through this process can be overwhelming — both emotionally and financially.

Approximately 50 percent of all marriages end in divorce. In Michigan, the divorce rate is slightly lower than the national average, however thousands of families each year are affected by divorce. The devastating impact of divorce oftentimes leads to financial, emotional and professional consequences for both the divorcing parties, as well as their children and extended families. Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, meaning the party seeking a divorce does not need to prove fault before a divorce is granted. Under Michigan law, a marriage will be terminated upon a finding that there has been a breakdown of the marital relationship to the extent the objects of matrimony have been destroyed and there remains no reasonable likelihood that the marriage can be preserved. Fault may be considered by the court in determining the distribution of assets, spousal support and division of property.

Custody in Michigan includes both legal and physical custody of children under the age of 18 years old. Legal custody is the parent's right to make major decisions regarding the child, including decisions regarding medical care and treatment, education and religion. Physical custody is where the child lives. Custody can be sole, joint or shared custody of the child. If parents are unable to agree on the custody of a minor child, the court will intervene and decide the custody of the child based on the best interests of the child factors found in the Michigan Child Custody Act. In addition to determining custody, the court will decide the parenting time (visitation) each parent will have with the child based on the same factors in determining frequency, duration and time necessary to promote and maintain a strong relationship between each parent and the child. Child custody disputes are complex and emotionally charged and difficult for both parents and children.

Ratton Law Group PC's experienced attorneys will help you navigate the highly emotional, complex and difficult legal issues that may arise in family law cases. Ratton Law Group PC is dedicated to supporting and guiding individuals and families through this difficult process by providing comprehensive legal services in all family law matters while pursuing fair and equitable results.

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To learn more about how Ratton Law Group PC can help you navigate divorce and other family law matters, call us at 248-556-2939, or contact us online and schedule an initial consultation with one of our attorneys.

From our office in Royal Oak, we serve clients throughout the Detroit metro area and elsewhere in Michigan.