At Garmo & Kiste, PLC we handle all types of family law cases and have a history of success in family court. Our attorneys understand that bringing family issues to court is often a very emotional and stressful experience, and we pride ourselves in helping clients work through these difficult times with sensitivity, understanding, and an objective eye for the best potential strategies and outcomes. We want our clients to feel comfortable and at ease knowing that their delicate matter is being handled with attention and diligence. Our experienced lawyers guide clients every step of the way and take great care to be available to our clients at all times to answer questions, help explain the process, alleviate concerns, and simply listen. Behind the scenes, we work tirelessly toward fast and favorable results, and we don’t stop until our clients are satisfied with the outcome. We handle a broad variety of family law issues including divorce, child custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support/alimony, division of martial property, and personal protection orders. If you need assistance in these or any area of other family law, read below for more info or call our office now for a free consultation at (248) 398-7100.
The decision to get a divorce, however common, is an extremely emotional and difficult one. The complicated court proceedings that follow this decisioncan make this time of your life even more painful and stressful, especially if you’re trying to navigate the court system by yourself. Courts have many complicated and time-sensitive rules, and they consider a broad variety of factors—some obvious and some not—in determining the specifics of a divorce. Our experienced lawyers know this system inside and out, and know the best strategies and procedures for protecting clients and their assets, both during and after the divorce. Divorce requires parties to carefully divide and negotiate for some of the most important things in their life—assets, debts, property, and even custody of their children. Without a lawyer who can effectively negotiate on your behalf and fight to protect your best interest, this process can become messy and ugly. Don’t let this happen to you. Our attorneys will walk you through this complicated process step-by-step, making sure you’re protected throughout the whole divorce and that it’s is as amicable and quick as possible so that you can begin to move on with your life.
Of the whole divorce process, child custody can be the most difficult agreement to reach and one of the biggest issues. And for good reason—child custody is an extremely sensitive and emotional issue. At Garmo&Kiste, we understand the pain of sacrificing time with your child and of causing them to lose time with their other parent, as well as the stress of making sure that the child is loved and cared for. Our experienced lawyers have a history of helping parties work together to settle these issues amicably and reach the arrangement that’s best for child and parent.
Like child custody, parenting time is a very emotional and often contentious issue. No parent wants to lose time with their child. Our goal is always to create a parenting time agreement that addresses the best interests of the children, while meeting the needs of parents as well. Transitioning from a two parent house hold to two separate households creates a unique set of challenges, and the experienced family law attorneys of Garmo & Kiste, PLC are sensitive to these concerns. Parties often forget that the purpose of a court-endorsed parenting time agreement is first and foremost to do what’s best for the child but also, to create a new lifestyle for the family that is fair and meets everyone’s needs. This can be a very delicate balance. Experience has taught us the best strategies to easily and quickly reach agreements that keep everyone happy. Our attorneys have the experience, skills, and knowledge to help you reach such an agreement for the first time, as well as to amend an agreement that is no longer right for your family.
Courts require parties to pay child support based on a number of complicated factors and considerations. These factors often change over time depending largely on the parties’ income and parenting time, making this calculation even more complicated.Whether you’re in the process of a divorce or you feel that your child support payment or award should be modified, you need an attorney who knows which factors of your life contribute to support considerations, and how to fight for a child support order that is fair for the parents and that ensures that the child is cared for. Our lawyers have a history of success in litigating child support issues and can help you reach the result that is fair for your family.
Alimony / Spousal Support
Courts use Spousal Support (known in some states as Alimony) to acknowledge that parties make sacrifices for their marriages—commonly, it’s that one party foregoes work or educational opportunities to help and allow the other to pursue his or her own opportunities—and that the advantages of these sacrifices often turn into a handicap upon divorce. So, if among other factors parties are married for a long time, or if their income differs substantially, courts may award spousal support to the struggling party. There are a number of factors that need to be considered, and the issue is time-sensitive because if spousal support is not awarded upon divorce, it can never be brought up again. If you’re going through a divorce, it’s important for you to get a lawyer who can start fighting for support right away in order to protect your rights. At Garmo & Kiste, we have the right attorneys who can start working for you right away; and if you already have a support order that you think should be increased or reduced, our attorneys have all the necessary tools to get you the right result.
Division of Marital Property
Dividing martial property can be one of the most tedious parts of a divorce, and it can be a very long process, especially when parties are simply angry with each other and looking for a fight. However, it does not have to be that way. Our divorce lawyers will help you pick your battles, giving you an objective look at what property should go to which party, what’s worth fighting for, and we will effectively negotiate for the property that is rightfully yours.
Domestic Violence / Personal Protection Orders (PPO)
Unfortunately, domestic violence is a common issue, both among families in the process of divorce as well as others. Personal Protection Orders (PPOs) are an important and powerful tool for protecting victims of domestic violence and of other forms of threat or harassment, and they should not be taken lightly. However, certain kinds of urgent PPOs may be issued without giving the other party the opportunity to defend him/herself. Because of this, many PPOs are issued with little or no merit, and some people even use the PPO itself as a tool for harassment. Whichever side of the PPO you’re on, the process is complicated and is subject to many subtle rules—trying to obtain or defend a PPO without an experienced lawyer means taking a gamble on your rights and potentially your safety. Our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to protect you in PPO court and walk you through this process as safely, quickly, and painlessly as possible.
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