Family Law

Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County Family Law Attorney

There are certain types of family conflicts that can only be resolved with the support of an attorney. Having to seek legal help for a personal matter can be daunting, especially if one has never dealt with the legal system before. Michigan family law matters often involve placing family relationships and finances in the hands of the court, trusting that a just outcome will result.

The Ann Arbor law firm of Lisa J. Peterson, P.L.L.C. is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome and a less stressful process for clients and their families in a broad spectrum of Michigan family law matters:

  • Divorce and Separation, including high-asset and complex divorce matters
  • Child Custody and Support
  • Mediation of family law conflicts
  • Spousal Support: including temporary, fixed term (rehabilitative), or permanent awards of spousal support (alimony)
  • Settlement agreements, drafting and negotiations
  • Post-Judgment modifications of child support, spousal support, child custody, or parenting time
  • Prenuptial and Postnuptial Agreements
  • Adoptions, including stepparent adoptions, guardianship and private agency adoptions
  • Annulments

Michigan family law courts use a “best interests of the child” analysis to determine child custody and parenting time arrangements. Courts consider twelve “best interests factors” set forth in the Michigan statutes. It is essential to have an attorney who knows how to offer the court the facts it needs to make a wise decision.

Lisa J. Peterson, P.L.L.C. understands that family law clients need three things from an attorney: understanding and support at a difficult time in their lives; a knowledgeable guide through the legal system; and advocacy that places their needs, and those of their children, first.

Putting Washtenaw County Family Law Clients First

Putting clients first means that we offer a variety of options to resolve legal matters in the most efficient and successful way possible. The firm strives to demystify an often-intimidating legal process so that clients can understand the road ahead and make informed decisions. Lisa J. Peterson, P.L.L.C. prefers to help clients resolve conflicts through settlement negotiations or mediation, which are typically less acrimonious, time-consuming, and costly than fighting in court. However, the firm is fully prepared to litigate cases through trial if needed to protect a client's interests. The many referrals we receive from previous clients are a testament to the success of our approach.

With offices conveniently located in downtown Ann Arbor, Lisa J. Peterson, P.L.L.C. serves clients throughout Washtenaw County, including Ypsilanti, Chelsea, Milan, Dexter, Manchester, and Saline, as well as in Wayne, Oakland and other nearby Michigan counties. We welcome you to contact us for a free consultation about your family law matter.

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