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When to Hire an Attorney for a Family Matter

If you are seeking a divorce or need help with a child custody issue, you may be unsure of where to turn. These matters fall under a specific type of law referred to as family law. Even if your matter is not contentious, such as in an uncontested divorce, it is still in your best interest to consult with a family lawyer.

At Kecskes, Gadd, & Parker, PC, we provide dedicated representation for family law matters throughout Plymouth, Michigan. Our experienced legal team can help you understand your rights and will work with you to determine the best course of legal action. If you have a pending family law matter or are considering filing one, contact us online or call (734) 354-8600 to schedule a consultation. 

What Kinds of Cases Does a Family Lawyer Handle?

A family lawyer handles a wide variety of cases. The majority have to do with the dissolution of marriage, child custody, and child support. It is essential to contact an attorney immediately if you are contemplating filing a case related to a family matter.

Types of family law cases may include but are not limited to:

  • Divorce. Family lawyers often deal with individuals hoping to seek a dissolution of marriage. In Michigan, divorces are generally contested or uncontested. The more assets and contested issues in a divorce, the more complicated it is and the longer it will take to resolve.

  • Annulments. In addition to divorce cases, a family lawyer may help individuals seeking an annulment. An annulment differs from a divorce in that once it is granted, it is as if the marriage never happened.
  • Child custody. One of the most challenging and disputed issues in a divorce is the custody of a child. A court will usually grant custody to one parent and “parenting time” to another. Parenting time is the amount of time that a non-custodial parent is able to spend with their child.
  • Child support. Another commonly disputed issue in a divorce proceeding is child support. In Michigan, any family law matters dealing with children will also usually involve the “Friend of the Court.” Michigan utilizes a Child Support Formula to help determine how much support a parent must pay or can receive.

If you or a loved one is engaged in any of these types of matters, you should consult with an attorney as soon as possible.

What If My Divorce Is Uncontested?

Even if your divorce is uncontested, it is still a good idea to speak with a family lawyer. Without an attorney, you might be giving up certain rights. In addition, an attorney can ensure that your family law matter goes as quickly and as smoothly as possible, saving you time and money. 

Family law matters may start out amicable but can easily become contentious. In many instances, there are competing interests involved. A divorce, for instance, usually requires the distribution of property. Dividing assets can be hard without the help of a third party. Each spouse may believe they are rightfully entitled to certain property. An attorney can help prevent unnecessary disputes and work towards a fair solution while protecting your rights.

Involved in a Family Law Case? Contact Our Office.

Are you involved in a family law case in Plymouth, Michigan? The legal team at Kecskes, Gadd, & Parker, PC, can help. Contact us online today at (734) 354-8600 to schedule a consultation. We know that any issues within a family can be difficult to resolve. We have decades of experience finding the right solution for our clients. Call our office today to discuss what we can do for you.

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