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On this page I will share thoughts and answer frequently asked questions about family law. Have a question? Feel free to submit it by email and I will attempt to answer it in a blog post.

As you make you way through the divorce process, you will have many questions along the way. I am confident that I have the answers to your questions or at least the resources to find them. I would be happy to talk with you about your situation and answer any questions you may have. Call my Holland, Michigan office today to arrange a consultation. I handle cases in the West Michigan counties of Ottawa, Allegan, Muskegon and Kent.

Q: Isn't a 50/50 shared custody arrangement always the most fair to everyone?

A: Not necessarily. In determining custody, the court looks at what is in the best interests of the children. This inquiry takes precedence over the rights of the parents. Thi… Read More
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Q: Can I change the locks once my spouse leaves?

A: I generally advise against doing this unless there is an immediate risk of domestic violence. If that is the case, you should seek a personal protection order from the cour… Read More
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Q: If I leave the house is this considered abandonment of my children?

A: Not necessarily. However, if you are concerned that you are going to be involved in a custody dispute, you should talk to an attorney before you leave the marital home, unl… Read More
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Q: How long does a divorce take?

A: The minimum statutory waiting period, from date of filing to entry of judgment, is 60 days without minor children, six months with minor children. The court will not genera… Read More
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Q: My spouse and I are contemplating filing a divorce. Can you represent both of us if we agree on everything?

A: Generally no. It is nearly impossible to serve the needs of two individuals involved in a divorce as, no matter how amicable the proceeding, the participants have opposing… Read More
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