Bangor Family Lawyers

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Albert Laaksonen
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Albert Laaksonen
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Lawyer with 30 years of experience
(269) 655-1035 226 1/2 East Michigan Ave
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Indiana University Maurer School of Law
Albert W. Laaksonen II, is the founding attorney of Laaksonen Law Offices, P.C. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and his JD from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.
Attorney Laaksonen is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Van Buren County Bar Association, and the Kalamazoo County Bar Association. He is certified as both a Civil Mediator and a Domestic Relations Mediator.

He currently serves on the Community Corrections Board for Van Buren County, and the the Kalamazoo Christian School Association Board.

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Holly F. Verde
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Holly F. Verde
Allegan, MI Family Law Lawyer with 32 years of experience
(269) 673-5800 139 Riverfront Plaza
Allegan, MI 49010
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Personal Injury
Wake Forest University School of Law
Shaun Patrick Willis
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Shaun Patrick Willis
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Lawyer with 18 years of experience
(269) 492-1040 203 South Niles Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Construction and Real Estate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Attorney Shaun Patrick Willis is a trial lawyer. Recognized in Superlawyers for Business Litigation, Construction Litigation, Real Estate Litigation, and Criminal Litigation. www.wwplc.com Attorney Willis is licensed in all of the State Courts of Michigan, the Supreme Court for the State of Michigan, the United States Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit, the United States Federal Court for the Western District of Michigan, and the United States Federal Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
Michael J. Willis
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Michael J. Willis
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Attorney with 19 years of experience
(269) 492-1040 203 South Niles Street
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Free ConsultationFamily, Elder, Estate Planning and Health Care
University of Michigan Law School
Michael J. Willis is the co-founder and managing partner of the Western Michigan law firm of Willis Law. This firm is headquartered in Kalamazoo and has a satellite office in Grand Rapids. Mr. Willis primarily practices estate and trust planning, probate administration and litigation, corporate and real estate law. Recognized in Best Lawyers in America**, and Leaders in the Law, and rated AV-Preeminent** by Martindale-Hubbell's, Mr. Willis has consistently demonstrated the highest levels of legal skills and ethics. In 2007, Michigan Lawyers Weekly listed him as an "Up and Coming Lawyer," an honor bestowed upon less than .02 percent...
Brien Winfield Heckman
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Lawyer with 8 years of experience
(269) 353-1111 303 E Paw Paw St Ste 1
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Family, Administrative, Appeals and Elder
David F. Kiel
Allegan, MI Family Law Attorney with 31 years of experience
(269) 673-2136 314 Trowbridge St
PO Box 239
Allegan, MI 49010
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
William A. McNeil
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Attorney with 22 years of experience
(269) 760-7819 303 E Paw Paw St Ste 3
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Family, Business and Divorce
John M. Van Elk
Allegan, MI Family Law Attorney with 25 years of experience
(269) 686-8330 1244 Lincoln Rd # M-89
Allegan, MI 49010
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Nicholas Andrew Reister
Mattawan, MI Family Law Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(269) 673-3547 10143 R Ave
Mattawan, MI 49071
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Gregory Hale
Allegan, MI Family Law Lawyer
(269) 673-2136 314 Trowbridge St
Allegan, MI 49010
Family, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Theresa J. Cypher
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Attorney with 21 years of experience
(269) 657-3177 181 W Michigan Ave Ste 1 # 520
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Immigration
Stephen A. Kastran
Allegan, MI Family Law Attorney with 47 years of experience
(269) 673-8407 313 Hubbard St
Allegan, MI 49010
Family, Divorce and Municipal
Sharon M. Kelly
Fennville, MI Family Law Lawyer with 36 years of experience
6095 122nd Ave
Fennville, MI 49408
Family, Divorce, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury
John T. McNeil
Paw Paw, MI Family Law Lawyer with 47 years of experience
(269) 657-6560 303 E Paw Paw St Ste 3
Paw Paw, MI 49079
Family, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
Caleb Ezequiel Gonzalez
Allegan, MI Family Law Lawyer with 6 years of experience
(269) 236-6125 PO Box A
Allegan, MI 49010
Family and Landlord Tenant
Brendan Noel Guilford
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Brendan Noel Guilford
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Attorney with 10 years of experience
(269) 389-0687 821 W. South Street
Ste. D
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Nova Southeastern University
BRENDAN N. GUILFORD was born and raised in Kalamazoo County, attending Vicksburg High School. He went on to earn his Bachelor of Arts undergraduate degree in Political Science from Alma College in 2005. After moving to Florida with his wife, Brendan received his law degree from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. While attending law school, he clerked for the community association firm Kahan Shir, PL in Boca Raton, FL. After graduating from law school, he relocated to the Tampa Bay region with his family in mid-2009. While working in and around Tampa, Brendan worked...
Kent Wood II
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Kent Wood II
BATTLE CREEK, MI Family Law Attorney with 13 years of experience
(269) 481-5154 168 N 20th St
BATTLE CREEK, MI 49015
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School and Michigan State University
My mission is to assist clients in making informed and educated decisions with no false representation, and to provide realistic expectations for their outcomes. Over the course of the last several years, I have represented thousands of clients, handled multi-million dollar trusts, and provided pro-bono work for select local residents in need.
Robert Champion
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Robert Champion
Plainwell, MI Family Law Attorney with 26 years of experience
(269) 685-9220 124 E Bridge St
Plainwell, MI 49080
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of Denver
With years of experience as an assistant prosecuting attorney assigned to major felony prosecution of homicides, home invasion, armed robbery, and criminal sexual conduct cases, I have successfully litigated thousands of criminal and civil cases covering a broad range of complex legal issues. With over 30 years combined experience in all aspects of the criminal justice system, I have a unique understanding of the criminal justice process. This includes experience as a former police officer, assistant prosecutor, a private practice attorney and as an instructor and presenter with both the Michigan State Bar - Criminal Law Section and the...
James W. Kraayeveld
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James W. Kraayeveld
(616) 229-3484 300 State St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationGrand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 27 years of experience
Family, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Valparaiso University School of Law
I have been practicing family law for 27 years. It is my goal to provide each client with individual attention because each client and each case is different, and I enjoy the personal interaction with a client and working towards successful completion of each case to the benefit of each family.

I have seen a need to specialize in parental alienation cases which has led to an overall greater experience in child custody cases.

Secondly, I have specialized in complex divorce matters involving significant assets, business assets, determining complex income issues of executives, self employed, or...
Nancy L. Ballast
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Nancy L. Ballast
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 7 years of experience
(616) 406-6451 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 410
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Nancy is a solo practitioner in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Her practice areas are family law, real estate, criminal defense, and driver's license restoration. She belongs to the Family Law, Criminal law, and Real Property law sections of the Grand Rapids Bar Association. She also serves on the State Bar Committee for Libraries, Legal Research, and Legal Publications, as its chair. Her hobbies are reading, crafts, and weight lifting.
Robert L. Reilman
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Robert L. Reilman
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Attorney with 11 years of experience
(269) 216-9164 137 N. Park, Suite 101A
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Civil Rights and Employment
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am an attorney located in Kalamazoo Michigan. I practice in employment and labor law for employee clients. I also do general practice, family law, and constitutional law. At the moment, I am generally free to take consultations and new clients. I offer affordable hourly rates and low contigency fee percentages.
Mr George T Krupp
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Mr George T Krupp
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Lawyer with 60 years of experience
(616) 459-6636 161 Ottawa NW Suite 201
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, DUI and Divorce
The John Marshall Law School
George Krupp was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan. He was admitted to practice law in 1961 and started practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1962 in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office. After years of success in the Kent County Prosecutor’s Office in Grand Rapids, Michigan, George Krupp left for private practice where he has worked for over fifty years. Over his fifty years of experience he has represented thousands of clients facing divorce in Grand Rapids and West Michigan courts. His primary concentration has been in divorce and family law cases. George Krupp’s experience in divorce matters includes handling...
Mechelle Woznicki
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Mechelle Woznicki
Portage, MI Family Law Lawyer
(269) 692-5244 1918 W. Milham Avenue
Portage, MI 49024
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
After becoming a parent then a grandparent, spending 10 years in the Navy, and 20 years in business, Mechelle decided to pursue a law degree, which fulfilled a life-long dream. Her practical experience as an international contract negotiator and her time in the military bring a unique perspective and understanding of her clients’ needs.

While Mechelle is competent under many practice areas, her special areas of interest are Collaborative Practice, Mediation, Family Law, and Estate Planning. Mechelle is a court approved Civil Mediator and Domestic Relations Mediator. Practicing law allows Mechelle the tangible opportunity to seek justice in ways...
Robert Rutgers
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Robert Rutgers
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 28 years of experience
(616) 336-6000 333 Bridge Street NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
Family, Business and Real Estate
Marquette University Law School
- Act as general counsel/legal adviser to a variety of service and manufacturing businesses, including M&A, supply agreements, real estate leases and purchase agreements, employment policies/handbooks, contracts, financing documentation, terms and conditions, privacy notices, and compliance/governance documents.
- Represent businesses in complex commercial litigation, such as inter business disputes, contract disputes, shareholder/member conflicts, and employment matters.
- Aggressively assist individuals in contract disputes, real estate transactions/disputes, high conflict divorce matters and sales representative litigation.
- Very experienced in all forms of ADR, including Collaborative Divorce.
- Handle all matters with honesty, integrity and discretion.
Allison Greenlee Korr
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Allison Greenlee Korr
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Attorney with 10 years of experience
(269) 381-4471 121 West Cedar Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Offers Video ChatFamily, Bankruptcy, Estate Planning and Foreclosure Defense
University of Detroit Mercy School of Law
Attorney Allison Greenlee Korr practices in Kalamazoo, Calhoun, Allegan, St. Joseph and all surrounding counties. She handles Family Law, bankruptcy, foreclosure and probate matters.

She holds a B.A. in Business from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctorate from University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. She is admitted to practice in both the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan and holds a certificate as a civil mediator issued through the Michigan State Court Administrative Office. Allison also holds Certificates in the areas of Family Law and Probate and Estate Planning issued by the Institute of...
Kendra Ortega
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Kendra Ortega
(616) 285-0808 300 State St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatGrand Rapids, MI Family Law Lawyer
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I have a passion for helping families through difficult times. Prior to my legal career, I worked with the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where I was able to gain the compassion and knowledge to help families navigate through a complex system in times of need. Now, I work hard to guide clients through a different, yet still complex system - family court.

While working for MDHHS I was stationed in an elementary school. The families there became “my families” and I took great pride in the simple task of greeting the students at the...
Brian E Gordon
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Brian E Gordon
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 21 years of experience
(616) 272-3331 146 Monroe Center NW, Suite 1225
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Michigan State University and Michigan State University

Brian E. Gordon was born in Detroit but raised in the East Lansing area where he attended and graduated from Okemos High School, Michigan State University and Michigan State University College of Law (formerly known as the Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University).

Brian has worked and resided in Grand Rapids for the past 20 years. Brian is an attorney/owner of Gordon & Hess, PLC with a practice primarily focused upon Divorce, Family Law, Criminal Defense, Bankruptcy and Mediation.

Brian is an experienced 20 year veteran of handling Paternity, Divorce, Custody, Parenting Time and Child Support matters for men facing...
Laurie Schmitt
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Laurie Schmitt
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Lawyer with 8 years of experience
(616) 608-4634 401 Hall Street SW
Suite 112D
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I am a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Michigan State Bar and U.S. Western District Court licensed attorney specializing in family law.

Since establishing my own practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have represented clients with their family law-related cases including divorce, collaborative divorce, child custody, visitation, paternity, change of domicile, child support, spousal support, and post-judgment issues.

I focused my practice on family law after spending over two decades immersed in the court system as a paralegal. I assisted attorneys and their clients in navigating the difficult, and often painful process that...
Aaron P. Bainbridge
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Aaron P. Bainbridge
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney
(616) 285-0808
Ext. 1004
300 State St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Michigan State University College of Law
Practicing law has been a long-term goal for me ever since participating in a mock trial exercise in middle school. With that goal in mind, I pursued a degree in political science at Grand Valley State University with the intent of going to law school immediately following my undergraduate studies. I graduated cum laude from Michigan State University College of Law and joined the team at Kraayeveld Law.

I have always had a passion for working with kids. Throughout my time in college and law school, I worked as a high school marching band instructor and as a recreational gymnastics coach....
Douglas Boodt
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Douglas Boodt
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Lawyer with 21 years of experience
(269) 929-7206 137 N. Park Street
Suite 204
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Offers Video ChatFamily, Business, Estate Planning and Probate
DePaul College of Law
I ESTABLISHED THE LAW OFFICE OF DOUGLAS A. BOODT IN 1999 TO PROVIDE PROFESSIONAL AND COMMITTED LEGAL REPRESENTATION TO MY CLIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES PRIMARILY IN THE PRACTICE AREA OF ESTATE PLANNING. I HAVE ASSISTED HUNDREDS OF CLIENTS IN REACHING THEIR GOALS AND GIVING THEM PEACE OF MIND BY HANDLING THEIR LEGAL AFFAIRS WITH INTEGRITY, RESPECT AND INTELLIGENCE. I WILL LISTEN TO YOU AND PROVIDE SOUND AND TRUSTWORTHY LEGAL ADVICE THAT IS TAILORED TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS AND CIRCUMSTANCES.

MY MISSION IS TO EMPOWER MY CLIENTS WITH THE KNOWLEDGE AND TOOLS TO MAKE THE BEST DECISIONS FOR...
Renee Wagenaar
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Renee Wagenaar
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 9 years of experience
(616) 723-3143 29 PEARL ST NW STE 421
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Renee founded WN Law in 2011 in order to provide individuals with quality, affordable legal representation. Renee focuses her practice on both criminal law and family law. In her years of practice, Renee has gained extensive knowledge on how to most effectively represent her clients in order to provide the best possible outcome.

Renee has successfully represented individuals all over the State of Michigan. In her criminal practice, Renee has represented defendants facing everything from a civil infraction to a felony charge. Renee's experience includes crimes in the arena of drug crimes, theft and property crimes, juvenile crimes, violent crimes, sex...
Kevin P Sutherland
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Kevin P Sutherland
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 3 years of experience
(616) 333-2427 250 Monroe Ave NW
Suite 400
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Criminal and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
I live in the world of ideas and strategic planning. I value intelligence, knowledge, and competence, I have high standards in these regards, which I continuously strive to fulfill. I can objectively see the reality of a situation, and I’m adaptable enough to change things which aren’t working well. I am a strategist – always scanning available ideas and concepts and weighing them against my current strategy, to plan for every credible contingency. I am ready to work for you.
Brent T. Geers
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Brent T. Geers
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 8 years of experience
(616) 965-6864 15 Ionia Ave SW STE 530
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Criminal and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Brent Geers specializes in helping people empower those they trust and provide for those they love. Brent has been an attorney since 2012, working with individuals and families to marshal their time, talent, and treasurer for the benefit of their children, family, and community. He is a Grand Rapids Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” honoree, and currently operates his own practice, Geers Law. Brent is married to an educator, who employs his services as a chaperon for various school functions. He is also his daughter’s father – a girl who will become a president, not a princess.
Ryan T. Wojtowicz
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Ryan T. Wojtowicz
St. Joseph, MI Family Law Attorney with 11 years of experience
(269) 281-1244 515 Ship Street, Suite 204
St. Joseph, MI 49085
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Wojtowicz Law, PLC is a general-practice law firm, focusing on Criminal Defense, Family Law, Business Law, Appeals, and Traffic Tickets. Attorney Ryan Wojtowicz is passionate about helping people, and he is committed to the practice of law. At Wojtowicz Law, PLC, Attorney Wojtowicz works hard to provide effective legal solutions for every client. Before Attorney Ryan Wojtowicz founded Wojtowicz Law, PLC, he was an Attorney Magistrate and Law Clerk at the Berrien County Trial Court in St. Joseph, Michigan. As an Attorney Magistrate, he presided over small-claims hearings, arraignments, misdemeanor...
Courtney M. Sierra
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Courtney M. Sierra
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 3 years of experience
(616) 285-0808
Ext. 1003
300 State St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Being an attorney has been a long-standing goal for me. Ever since I was twelve years old, I sought ways to help people and this desire to work with people and help people in my community has led me to become a family law attorney.

When I heard that a friend struggled with a debilitating illness, I arranged a fundraiser to cover health care and living expenses. I convinced small business owners to donate goods and funds and organized one of the best fundraisers in our community raising more than $28,000.00 to help the family.


Shortly after college, I contributed...
Ivan E. Shaw
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Ivan E. Shaw
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Attorney with 19 years of experience
(616) 827-2326 29 Pearl Street, NW, Suite 340
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Family, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Ivan is a dedicated Divorce and Family Law attorney that works diligently to fight for fairness for Men and Fathers. He is proud of his affiliation with the American Divorce Association for Men (ADAM).
Joseph Hohler III
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Joseph Hohler III
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(269) 271-4744 137 N. Park St
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Family, Appeals and Divorce
Michigan State University and Western Michigan University
Joseph Hohler III is a family law attorney, and mediator, based in Kalamazoo, Michigan, but serves clients throughout all of southwest Michigan. Mr. Hohler handles all areas of family law and mediation, including appeals from family court.
Shawn James Coppins
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Shawn James Coppins
Kalamazoo, MI Family Law Attorney with 19 years of experience
(269) 201-5035 251 N. Rose Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Wake Forest University School of Law
Shawn Coppins is an aggressive litigation attorney and is one of the firm’s founding partners. Mr. Coppins was born and raised in the Metro-Detroit area. Prior to establishing Coppins Law Group, he was a litigation attorney at one of Michigan‘s largest law firms. Mr. Coppins also worked as a litigation attorney with one of Michigan's most well renowned Civil Rights Firms. Since his admission to the State Bar of Michigan, Shawn Coppins has represented clients in both State and Federal Court. Although many seem quick to criticize trial attorneys, their criticism ends when they find themselves...
Rebecca Sanford
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Rebecca Sanford
St Joseph, MI Family Law Lawyer
(269) 983-1803 2724 Niles Ave
Suite 3
St Joseph, MI 49085
Offers Video ChatFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Insurance Claims
Pennsylvania State University - Dickinson School of Law
Sanford Law Office Founder and Owner, Rebecca Breitkreuz Sanford, Esq. is a general practice lawyer who specializes in family law, but also has extensive experience in both civil and criminal law as well. Her commitment to confidentiality and providing personalized attention has earned her a reputation of professionalism, expertise and dedication among her clients and peers.
Core Competencies
Family Law – divorce, custody, support, adoption and grand parenting time
Planning Services – estate planning, will drafting, succession planning and living trusts
Mediation – both in person and remotely via Zoom
Litigation – preparation of litigation documents and settlement pleadings
Claim Law – negotiation and drafting...
Kelsey A. Knudsen
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Kelsey A. Knudsen
Grand Rapids, MI Family Law Lawyer
(616) 285-0808 300 State St. SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Michigan State University College of Law
Kelsey grew up in Traverse City, Michigan where she fell in love with Lake Michigan and all the beauty and activities that West Michigan has to offer. Kelsey then spent the next six years at Michigan State University pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an attorney. Having earned both her bachelor’s and law degrees from Michigan State, Kelsey is and always will be a huge Spartan football and basketball fan. Go Green!

During law school, Kelsey worked on perfecting her legal research, writing, and oral advocacy skills, receiving Jurisprudence Achievement Awards for earning the highest grade in her Advocacy and Research,...
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Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

Contrary to popular belief, seeking the advice of a family law attorney does not necessarily mean that something is amiss in your family. A family law attorney can help negotiate prenuptial/premarital agreements for clients in anticipation of marriage or advise same-sex couples on relevant legal issues affecting their relationship. They also can help with adoption proceedings and other procedures involving children.

Family law attorneys often do represent clients seeking a divorce, annulment or legal separation, and the complicated issues that can arise as a result. Although domestic abuse is a criminal offense, some family law attorneys are skilled at handling these situations, as they are often entangled with other family law issues.

Some jurisdictions certify lawyers as family law specialists, which means these attorneys have met the certifying body's minimum requirements for education, experience, and examination.


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