Family Law

Even the busiest professional puts a high value on family. When there are problems at home, it can interfere with every aspect of your life. The attorneys at Cohen Lerner & Rabinovitz can help you address all your family law challenges, so that you and your loved ones can live your lives in peace. Family law problems don’t discriminate based on income. ivorce or custody challenges can affect anyone, from entry level workers to top-end executives. When domestic law problems interrupt your life, you need skilled, experienced family lawyers to put your family back on the right path.

Custody and Parenting Time

Any time children become involved in a court action, emotions run high and the stakes are raised. Michigan law gives the best interest of the children the top priority in determining child custody and parenting time. This can be challenging for professional parents, whose focus has been on providing for their families, rather than attending doctor’s appointments and supervising homework. Coen Lerner’s family law attorneys know how to use all 12 best interest factors to our clients’ advantage. We will work with you to demonstrate the important role you played in your child’s life and protect your relationship with your son or daughter after the divorce or separation.

Alimony and Child Support

Ongoing monetary support is often a big concern for professionals facing divorce or child support cases. Alimony (also called spousal support) and child support obligations can cause hurt feelings and tight budgets. The Michigan Child support formula generally governs a person’s financial commitments to his or her children. However, in some cases, alternative forms of support, such as private tuition, health savings plans, or extracurricular expenses can offset part of you monthly child support obligations. Spousal support is not nearly as straight forward. While there are factors that the court may consider in awarding or denying alimony, judges have far more discretion. If alimony is appropriate, you may also be able to negotiate a lump-sum award, which will free both spouses from the ongoing stress of spousal support payments. At Cohen Lerner, we won’t treat your financial priorities like a formula. We carefully evaluate your financial circumstances to ensure that you and your children are comfortable once the judgment is entered.

Property Distribution

Michigan law requires an equitable distribution of a couple’s assets and liabilities in the course of divorce. Generally, this means each party keeps approximately half of the estate. How the parties and the court reach that equitable division is negotiable. Cohen Lerner family law attorneys will help you prioritize the distribution of marital assets to meet your needs after the separation. We can also help you identify separate property, whether it was owned prior to the marriage, legally excluded (such as gifts or inheritance), or dictated in terms of a prenuptial agreement. Our family law attorneys will provide you a complete analysis of your financial circumstances, so that you can be confident that any property resolution is appropriate.

Business Assets in Divorce

Entrepreneurs and business owners face unique challenges in a divorce action. When spouses work together to build a company, a divorce takes on aspects of corporate litigation. Sometimes, even a stay-at-home spouse may have a claim to part of the business in a divorce. Our Cohen Lerner family law attorneys will help you put a value on your company and consider your options in business property distribution. We will evaluate your spouse’s claim on your corporate assets, and help you find a way to resolve your marriage without going out of business.

What to Look for in a Family Lawyer

When the time comes to take a divorce or other family law matter to court, you need an attorney who understands the law and can evaluate your assets and your lifestyle to protect you and your family once the judgment is final.  At Cohen, Lerner & Rabinovitz, we have lawyers who can help you find an equitable solution for your family, and who are not afraid to litigate your case in domestic court, should the other party become unreasonable. Contact us online or call 248.691.2200 to schedule a consultation with a family law attorney today.