Frequently Asked Questions
Family Law FAQ
How do I file for divorce?
- A divorce is not unlike any other civil dispute in court. They all start out with filing a summons and a complaint with the circuit court. The summons informs the Defendant that an action has been filed and that he/she only has a certain number of days (depending on the method of service) to take action on the matter. The complaint is a document which sets out factual and jurisdictional allegations. The complaint is also the document used to request what you would like from the court.
How much does it cost to hire a family/divorce/custody lawyer?
- At Michigan Law Services, PLLC we have a strong commitment to providing affordable yet comprehensive legal representation. We do not have a cookie cutter set retainer fee because each case is unique. Unlike many law firms who won’t even think about handling any matter without a huge retainer fee, we will take the time to listen to you and make sure that the most cost efficient representation is provided. We know client’s are not made out of money.
I am interested in starting a divorce/custody/support action and want to handle it myself. Should I?
- It is crucially important for you to be prepared and know the law, court rules and individual judge’s procedure. Most people find that hiring a plumber is usually easier than becoming a plumber. For most the same is true when dealing with the legal system. You can find and download a lot of information by visiting our helpful resources page. It is frequently updated so be sure to bookmark for the latest information.
How much is a consultation and what happens at a consultation?
- Free! We are proud to be one of a dwindling number of firms that still offer free consultations on family matters. At a consultation, you will meet with an attorney who will get some background on your case. From there, we will discuss legal options and answer any questions you may have about the case.
- Do you offer payment plan options?
- Yes! Our payment plan policy is simple, we require 50% down (plus any filing fees) and the remaining balance can be spread out over a set amount of payments based on the balance remaining. And the best part is there is no financing fees or interest on the payment plan!
|Remaining Balance||Number of Payments|
|$0 - $750||1-3|
|$751 - $1500||2-5|
|$1500 +||Ask for Details|
What courts do you handle cases in?
- All cases involving family matters takes place at the circuit court for the county you reside in. We handle family matters throughout the State of Michigan, however the vast majority of our cases are in the Macomb County Circuit Court, Oakland County Circuit Court, Wayne County Circuit Court and St. Clair County Circuit Court.
My spouse and I have come to an agreement and want to file. Can you represent us both in an uncontested divorce?
- No. An attorney can not represent both the Plaintiff and Defendant on an action. That would be a direct conflict of interest. However, uncontested divorces are common and allows the parties to take control of their lives post-divorce.
I think my spouse and I have reached an agreement but I am not really sure if I’m doing the right thing. What are my options?
- In an amicable or uncontested divorce, we make certain that you know your best and worst case scenario in the event the agreement falls through. It is our job to make certain that our clients know their options and make informed decisions about their future and the future of their family. Having said that, we will never stand in the way of your agreement. As we like to say, you’re the captain of the ship, we are the vessel and your map.
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