Family Law Services Overview

At Chasnick and Terrasi we handle all Michigan family law issues, including divorce, child custody, child support, spousal support/alimony, division of property, and post-decree modifications and enforcement. Listed below is a short overview of our family law services.

Divorce:

At Chasnick and Terrasi we provide sound legal advice and effective representation to individuals who are involved in family law and divorce matters. The unfortunate reality is that over half of marriages end in divorce. We understand that divorce is one of the most stressful events in a person’s life. We will guide you every step of the way through the divorce process, helping you through this difficult time.

Child Custody and Parenting Time:

Child custody is often the most contentious issue associated with divorce. We work closely with our clients to protect their own legal rights and the legal rights of their children. We understand that great care needs to be taken when addressing matters involving children. We take the time to explain the legal process so that you make informed decisions.

Child Support:

Child support is the amount of money that the court orders a non-custodial parent or the parent with whom the child does not live with to pay the other parent every month for the support, health, education, and care of their children. We provide representation to married and unmarried individuals with requests to set up or establish child support, preparing for the child support hearing, challenging child support actions, and in both raising and lowering of the amount of child support due.

Property Division:

In Michigan, the standard is that marital property and debts are divided fair and equitably between the two parties in a divorce. Keep in mind that this does not necessarily mean property and debts will be divided 50-50. Instead, “fair and equitable” is determined by looking at several factors such as, duration of marriage, contribution of the parties to the marital estate, age of parties, health of parties, life status of the parties, necessities and circumstances of parties, earning abilities, past relations and conduct, and general principles of equity. If the parties cannot come to an agreement regarding property division during the mediation stage of the divorce, the court will decide property division.

Spousal Support / Alimony:

Spousal support is money paid by an ex-spouse to the other for sustenance and support. In Michigan, marital fault can be considered when dividing property and determining spousal support. The factors considered when determining spousal support are: ability of either party to pay, length of the marriage, character and situation of the parties, past relations and conduct of the parties, ability of the parties to work, ages, needs, and health of the parties, source and amount of property awarded, present situation of parties, prior standard of living, and the fault of either party in causing the divorce.

Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements:

We offer comprehensive, clear, and compassionate advice in the area of Michigan family law. Family law issues can be stressful and complicated. To protect your personal assets and/or property before or after getting married, we can create an effective prenuptial or postnuptial agreement.

Paternity:

FFor unmarried individuals that have children, it is essential that paternity be established in order to ensure that the correct father is responsible for child support and is granted some form of custody. We strive to help clients understand the benefits of establishing paternity.
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