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Guiding Brighton & Howell Parents Through Relocation Matters

People frequently relocate to other parts of the state, the nation and even the world. These relocations can be due to new jobs, family commitments and other personal reasons. Are you a parent who would like to relocate with the children? Would you like to contest the relocation of the other parent? A child custody attorney can protect your rights and the best interests of your children.

For more than 35 years, our Howell and Brighton lawyers have sought the best possible outcomes for parents in move-away situations. At Gormley Law Offices, PLC, we are trial lawyers who do not litigate merely for the sake of litigation. We weigh the benefits litigation will have on the overall outcome based on your unique situation.

Want a free consultation? Call us at 517-219-9301, and we can discuss your case. We serve clients in Brighton & Howell and the surrounding areas.

Skilled Representation In Move-Away Cases

We are attorneys representing mothers and fathers alike, as well as custodial and noncustodial parents. We assess each case on its own merits, striving for the best possible outcome for each specific situation.

In Michigan, parents cannot move more than 100 miles from their current location after a divorce without permission of the court. If you would like to relocate with your kids, we can prove that it is possible to continue ties with the current community and family in the area. We can show that the move will benefit the children and be in their best interests. We can also assist you with changing school districts and related concerns.

If you would like to contest the other parent’s relocation with the children, we can prove that the move does not benefit the children. We can show that the children’s ties to friends and extended family will be severed. We can show that education could be negatively affected. We can also prove that the move impacts visitation rights and the ability to participate in child rearing.

Changing domicile with the children is a highly contested issue. Often, it can be more contentious than the actual divorce. Our attorneys provide calm, reasonable and effective strategies at this time.

Learn More About Protecting Your Parental Rights

Would you like to speak with an attorney about protecting your parental rights regarding relocation with the children? To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301. You may also contact us online. Our office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, with weekend and evening hours by appointment.

How do I choose a good family lawyer?

It’s important to have someone you can talk to. If you’re able to be open and honest with your attorney, the two of you can find a solution that truly works for you.

Some people find it best to interview potential lawyers. This gives you a feel for their communication style. Remember, a lawyer works for you – not the other way around. Another important thing to discuss right away is payment. Understanding potential costs is a key component in legal cases.

When should I hire a family lawyer?

We how intimidating the legal system can be. However, it is best to get experienced guidance instead of trying to figure it out on your own. If you choose to go without representation, you could end up in a less-than-favorable position. We are here to protect your best interests every step of the way.

How can a family lawyer help you?

By knowing the laws, a family lawyer can put your case in favorable position. This is important when it comes to custody schedules, dividing property and determining alimony.

These cases are often highly emotional. Lawyers think logically and keep your best interests in mind. They also can clearly explain what your options are.

Ultimately, you will have to make the decisions as to how to move forward. However, having a clear understanding of what you can do is crucial. That is where our team can step in.

What should I look for in a family lawyer?

Someone you can trust is the most important asset. Since an attorney acts on your behalf, making sure that they understand your concerns is imperative.

For example, our firm has handled complex family law cases for almost 25 years. We are hands-on, communicative and compassionate. Our clients truly feel like the have an ally in their corner. This can make all the difference when you’re caught in a difficult situation.

How long will my family law case take to resolve?

Unfortunately, there is no set timeline for resolving a family law issue (or a set of issues, as is often required when getting a divorce). Each family is unique, which means each case is unique. As a general rule, however, any family law issue is likely to resolve more quickly if both sides can maintain open communication and show a willingness to negotiate. Conversely, if both parties dig their heels in and refuse to even consider an alternative position, the dispute could go on indefinitely.

Should I try to find a family law lawyer who shares a similar personality to mine?

Not necessarily. It is important to find an attorney you feel you can trust and with whom you can be open/honest. For this reason, you may think you need to hire someone like yourself. However, lawyers of many different personality types can be effective. Moreover, hiring someone with a different personality can be advantageous because they might offer a perspective about your case that you didn’t think of.

As we noted above, you do need to trust your attorney and to know that they are working in your best interest. This is something we attempt to show our clients each day – just as we have for the past 25 years.

Will allegations of domestic violence greatly impact my family law case?

Violence and threats of violence are an issue that often looms large in family law cases – particularly divorce and child custody matters. Whether you are the alleged perpetrator or the alleged victim, allegations of domestic violence will likely play a significant role in both the process and the outcome of the case.

When we represent you, we will help you give the court an honest and accurate picture of what has occurred – without minimizing or exaggerating – and provide any necessary context. Because we also practice criminal law, we are ideally suited to guide clients through criminal charges, personal protection orders and related matters.

Should I limit my social media use until my family law issue is resolved?

Since Facebook launched in the early 2000s, it and other social media sites have become a treasure trove of information in divorce, custody and other family law matters. As a general rule, it is a good idea to limit your use of social media during this time or at least be especially judicious about what you choose to post. You should assume that despite your privacy settings, anything you post online could later be seen by your spouse/co-parent, an attorney or the judge overseeing your case.

Call Our Trusted Family Law Attorneys To Discuss Your Case

In addition, we handle premarital agreements, paternity, stepparent adoptions, guardianships, estate planning and related concerns. To schedule your free consultation, call 517-219-9301 or email us. We serve clients in Livingston County and in nearby communities like Lansing/East Lansing, Howell and Brighton.