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Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce And Family Law

1. How long will the divorce take?

Answer: It depends on many factors, such as if there are custody issues, whether the divorce is contested, who attorney is on the other side, the extent of discovery that is required, whether any experts are needed, and the cooperation of the parties involved.

2. How much will this cost?

Answer: This is also contingent on many factors, such as whether custody is contested, whether the other attorney is willing to sit down and resolve issues, the extent of discovery that is required, whether experts are needed, and whether you actively participate in the process. I will make all attempts to control cost.

3. Can I get joint custody?

Answer: It will depend on whether you have the established custodial environment and how the 13 best-interest factors relate to your case. It is important that you are active in your child’s life, attend or take your child to doctor and dental appointments, attend your child’s sporting/extracurricular activities, and generally take care of your child. Your tracking of this on your own and providing the documentation may also save you money.

4. What is the waiting period to get a divorce?

Answer: Six months for a divorce with children. The waiting period can be waived if certain criteria are placed on the record and both parties agree. Sixty days is generally the waiting period for a divorce without children.

Criminal Defense

1. Can you keep me out of jail?

Answer: This depends on your prior record, the facts in the current police report, whether you are currently on probation or parole, what court the case is in, and which judge you are before. You can assist yourself by getting into treatment if you have a drug or alcohol problem.

2. How much will this cost?

Answer: It depends on the exact charge, your prior record, whether a preliminary exam must be held, how many court appearances are required, and whether there is ultimately a trial.

3. Do I need an attorney?

Answer: Yes. If you are charged with a criminal offense, you could be looking at going to jail, points on your record, driver’s responsibility fees, suspension of your license to drive, probation, community service, rehab, forfeiture of property, immobilization of your vehicle, and possibly restitution, depending on the charge. A criminal conviction could follow you the rest of your life. These are important and serious consequences. To minimize the negative consequences, having an experienced attorney on your side is essential.

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To discuss your specific case, please call my office in Clinton Township at 586-307-4384 or complete my contact form. I have more than 25 years of experience and represent clients throughout Macomb, Oakland, Lapeer, St. Clair, Genesee and Wayne counties.