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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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