Traverse City, Michigan Family Lawyers

John W. Tilley Esq.
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience

He has handled hundreds of divorce and child custody cases in northwest lower Michigan, mainly in the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Wexford, Read More »
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John W. Tilley Esq.
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 40 years experience
(800) 525-6386 300 E Front St
#445
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Juvenile
Brooklyn Law School
He has handled hundreds of divorce and child custody cases in northwest lower Michigan, mainly in the counties of Antrim, Benzie, Charlevoix, Emmet, Grand Traverse, Kalkaska, Manistee, and Wexford,
David M.  Glancy
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(800) 968-8577 326 E. State Street
Traverse City, MI 49685
Family, Criminal, Insurance Defense and Personal Injury
Michigan State University College of Law
David M. Glancy is an experienced civil and criminal trial attorney. He has substantial experience in evaluating and litigating automobile accidents, premise liability claims and first-party/No-Fault claims. He has handled serious felony, misdemeanor, drunk/drugged driving, and juvenile criminal matters; including multiple high-profile homicide cases.

In addition, Mr. Glancy also practices in the Circuit Court – Family Division, where he has handled numerous cases involving divorce, custody, parenting time issues, juvenile offense and neglect abuse cases.

Mr. Glancy was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in 2004. He is a member of the Grand Traverse County Bar Association and the...
Matthew Benedict
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 17 years experience
(231) 883-4170 618 Clyde Lee Drive
Traverse City, MI 49696
Family, Criminal, DUI and Domestic Violence
Matthew Benedict is a Traverse City native. He worked for nine years with his father, Hon. Richard L. Benedict, serving clients from all of northern Michigan. Matthew Benedict is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Thomas Cooley Law School.
Gerald Chefalo
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 22 years experience
(231) 929-7744 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Suite 106
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Upon Graduation from Law School in 1997, Attorney Chefalo worked in Lansing Michigan for the 30 th Judicial Circuit Court as a law clerk for the Honorable Thomas L. Brown. While there, he researched complicated legal issues and drafted proposed opinions on all civil and criminal matter that came before the court. In 1999, Attorney Chefalo moved to Traverse City Michigan to work in private practice. When asked why he picked Traverse City, Attorney Chefalo stated: “if you are going to start a law office from scratch, you might as well do it in a beautiful place.” His goal...
Agnes Jury
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Immigration
The John Marshall Law School
September 2015-present - Attorney at Sterling Law Office and ADAM - The American Divorce Association for Men in Traverse City, Michigan, practicing in the areas of family law, immigration law, estate planning, civil litigation, Appeals, and business law.
April 2008-May 2015 - Attorney in Geneva, Illinois, practicing in the areas of administrative law, Appeals, business law, civil litigation, criminal law, employment law, estate planning, family law and immigration law.
Christopher K. Cooke
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 36 years experience
(800) 525-6386 300 E Front St
#445
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Employment and Estate Planning
Thomas M. Cooley Law School
Chris Cooke has been a licensed attorney in the State of Michigan for 33 years. He began his career as an Assistant Prosecutor in Kalamazoo, Michigan where he tried over 100 misdemeanor jury trials and more than 60 felony jury trials. He later entered the private practice of law where he worked in the insurance defense field conducting numerous arson and fraud investigations. He also developed a strong subrogation practice and expanded his defense knowledge into the liability field.

In 1995, Mr. Cooke assisted in establishing the first Michigan litigation office for Citizens Insurance. He organized the property defense and subrogation...
Lea Ann Sterling
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 38 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Immigration
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Lea Ann Sterling has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 1998. Admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1981, Mrs. Sterling practiced law in Columbus. In 1997, she began a sabbatical to write, travel, and relocate from Ohio to Michigan. Her first book, Historic Homes of Olde Towne, was released in 1999 and won the Ohio Historical Society’s Public Education and Awareness Award. Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island, released in 2001, was listed on the Michigan Governor’s List of Best Books of 2001. In March 1999, Mrs. Sterling was appointed Village of Empire Zoning Administrator where she was...
Dee Dee Edmondson-Korom Esq.
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(800) 525-6386 300 E Front St
#445
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Business, Personal Injury and Real Estate
Suffolk University Law School
Janet M Mistele
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 30 years experience
(231) 944-3996 2640 Hedwidge Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Animal, Divorce and Estate Planning
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Janet M. Mistele, J.D. is a member of the State Bar of Michigan (1989), the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan (1991), and the North Carolina State Bar (2003). Ms. Mistele earned her Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude, from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, where she was a member of the National Trial Team, and earned American Jurisprudence Awards for top honors in seven of her law school courses. Upon graduation from law school in 1989, Ms. Mistele accepted a position with the Michigan Court of Appeals in Lansing, Michigan as a Prehearing Attorney,...
Steven William Paciorka
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 11 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Bankruptcy and Divorce
Michigan State University
Mr. Paciorka previously worked at a large Detroit-area firm, where he was actively involved in the firm's commercial real estate and bankruptcy practices. He has extensive experience litigating in bankruptcy court both for and against Chapter 7 Panel Trustees seeking to recover assets for creditors. Mr. Paciorka now focuses exclusively on representing individual debtors, on whose behalf he applies all of his experience and expertise to provide the highest quality service at an affordable price.
Lea Ann Sterling
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 39 years experience
(877) 221-7628 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law
Lea Ann Sterling has been a member of the Michigan Bar since 1998 and has practiced in Leelanau County since 2001. Admitted to the bar in Ohio in 1981, Mrs. Sterling practiced law in Columbus. In 1997, she took a sabbatical to write, travel, and relocate from Ohio to Michigan. Her first book, Historic Homes of Olde Towne, was released in 1999 and won the Ohio Historical Society’s 2000 Public Education and Awareness Award. Historic Cottages of Mackinac Island, released in 2001, was listed on the Michigan Governor’s List of Best Books of 2001. In March 1999, Mrs. Sterling was...
Lauren K. Pfeil
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(231) 714-9878 160 E State St #202
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Criminal and Divorce
LAUREN K. PFEIL graduated with a Bachelors of Arts with highest honors from The University of Texas at Austin and received her law degree from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where she specialized in family law. While in law school, Lauren received family and child law fellowships from both Loyola University Chicago School of Law and The University of Michigan School of Law. Her article “Recognizing Race as a Reality, Not a Barrier: The Problems within Colorblind Adoption Policy within a Race Conscious America” was published in the spring edition of The Children’s Legal Rights Journal. Upon graduation from...
Eric W. Phelps
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 20 years experience
(231) 421-6577 13919 SW Bayshore Dr.
Suite G02
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Business, Divorce and Probate
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Paul T. Jarboe
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 37 years experience
(231) 922-3452 160 E State St #202
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Criminal, Estate Planning and Personal Injury
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Paul Jarboe is an experienced and dedicated trial attorney with over 30 years of legal experience. Mr. Jarboe graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 1982. Mr. Jarboe is a former prosecuting attorney, and has an extensive background in the areas of divorce, child custody, criminal defense and civil litigation, which includes State and Federal Criminal cases. Mr. Jarboe’s practice includes: Criminal Defense, Family Law, Personal Injury & Estate Planning.
Wendy K. Bailey
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney with 15 years experience
(888) 529-2259 13300 S. West Bay Shore Drive, Suite A5
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Immigration
Wayne State University Law School
Practice Areas: Immigration Law, Social Security Disability, Family Law, Estate Planning Admissions: Michigan, 2004 U.S. District Court, Eastern District, 2005 U.S. District Court, Western District, 2005 Law School: Wayne State University, J.D., 2004 Utrecht University, The Netherlands, exchange student, 2003 College: Eastern Michigan University, B.A., cum laude, 1998 La Universidad Autónoma de Querétaro, México, exchange student, 1998
Jonathan Christopher Tomaso
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer with 4 years experience
(231) 486-0559 13919 S. West Bay Shore Drive
Suite 209
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Jon Tomaso has years of experience as an attorney, practicing in the areas of family law and criminal law. Along with his associates at Sterling Law and ADAM (American Divorce Association for Men), the attorneys seek for their clients dignity and fairness and for all they seek social justice in a biased system. Sterling Law attorneys care for their clients by totally dedicating themselves to their cases, by giving guidance and answering questions in a timely effective way, and by being well-prepared in court. They take their clients' cases to heart and pursue their goals with the talent and...
Robert Guyot
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Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 947-0808 300 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 929-0500 100 N Park St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 486-4535 202 E State St
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 922-6800 810 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Michael Horowitz
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Kingsley, MI Family Law Lawyer with 12 years experience
(231) 263-8333 108 E. Main St.
Kingsley, MI 49649
Free ConsultationFamily, Appeals, Criminal and DUI
University of Michigan Law School
The Law Office of Michael Horowitz is a defense firm providing criminal and civil defense in Traverse City, Grand Traverse County, and throughout Northern Michigan. Attorney Horowitz has effectively and successfully represented thousands of individuals and has tried dozens of misdemeanor and felony trials. Attorney Horowitz also specializes in criminal appeals and all types of intoxicated driving including DWI, OWI, DUI, and OUI. Attorney Horowitz also provides civil legal services for clients involved in all sorts of civil law proceedings, including family law matters such as child support and custody. Attorney Horowitz takes pride in providing aggressive, effective, honest legal...
James R. Austin
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Alden, MI Family Law Lawyer with 29 years experience
(248) 909-4752 6880 Thayer Lake Dr.
Alden, MI 49612
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
University of Detroit Mercy
For nearly 20 years Jim Austin has been providing quality legal services, counseling and care to individual and business clients throughout Southeast Michigan with business, general civil, domestic and traffic matters. Jim practices regularly in Oakland, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, and Macomb County Circuit Courts. He has just opened a satellite office in Alden, Michigan to serve clients in Antrim, Grand Traverse, Charlevoix and Emmet Counties. He has argued cases before the Michigan Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, Federal District Courts and Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has represented truckers and trucking companies on traffic matters in District Courts throughout...
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 922-2690 804 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 947-2540 449 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(616) 922-3400 9913 Edgewood Ave
Traverse City, MI 49684
Family, Bankruptcy, Business and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 946-9620 735 S Garfield Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 947-5600 400 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 947-2540 449 E Front St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 941-9660 1241 E 8th St
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
Traverse City, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 941-8048 620 Woodmere Ave
Traverse City, MI 49686
Family, Business, Divorce and Environmental
Traverse City, MI Family Law Lawyer
(231) 922-6800 697 Hannah Avenue
Suite B
Traverse City, MI
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law
Suttons Bay, MI Family Law Attorney
(231) 271-6667 416 N St Joseph St
Suttons Bay, MI 49682
Family and Divorce
Allen Telgenhof
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Charlevoix, MI Family Law Attorney with 30 years experience
(231) 547-3400 101 M-66 North
Charlevoix, MI 49720
Family, Business, Divorce and Stockbroker Fraud
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
Larry J Brown Jr
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Gaylord, MI Family Law Attorney with 9 years experience
(517) 398-3188 440 W Main St
Suite C
Gaylord, MI 49735
Family, Criminal and Divorce
Carri M Briseno
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Lake City, MI Family Law Attorney with 6 years experience
(231) 394-0149 1501 S Morey Rd, Ste B
Lake City, MI 49651
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Landlord Tenant
Raymond Gregory
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Gaylord, MI Family Law Lawyer with 31 years experience
(989) 350-9010 P.O. Box 1894
Gaylord, MI 49734
Family, Business, Divorce and Employment
Over the past 29 years, Ray Gregory has represented thousands of clients in family, employment, business, contract, criminal, and probate litigation in state and federal courts.
Jennifer Duitsman Coy
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Gaylord, MI Family Law Attorney with 8 years experience
(989) 732-2912 145 N. Otsego Ave.
Gaylord, MI 49735
Family, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Jennifer Duitsman Coy graduated from Iowa State University with a bachelor’s degree in political science, and received her law degree from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She has been practicing law since early 2011. Her practice areas include estate planning, probate, real estate, and family law. Jennifer is also a trained mediator and volunteers with the 46th Circuit’s Legal Aid Divorce Clinic.
Zachary E. Backlund
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Gaylord, MI Family Law Attorney
(877) 221-7628 100 1st Street
Gaylord, MI 49735
Family, Estate Planning and Real Estate
Michigan State University
Zach works in our Gaylord, Michigan branch office. He previously practiced law in the Traverse City, Michigan area, working on a variety of cases involving both transactional and litigated matters. Sterling Law practices in the areas of Family Law, Immigration, Estate Planning, Probate, Civil Litigation, Bankruptcy, Real Estate, and Business Law.
Michael B. Brown
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Grayling, MI Family Law Attorney with 10 years experience
(989) 348-6141 306 State Street
Grayling, MI 49738
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Sierra Rose Koch
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Grayling, MI Family Law Lawyer with 14 years experience
(989) 344-5500 234 E Michigan Avenue, Ste 2
PO Box 683
Grayling, MI 49738
Family, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
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Dealing with family law issues?

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.


No-Fault Proceeding: A civil case in which parties may resolve their dispute without a formal finding of error or fault.

Paternity Suit: A lawsuit to determine the father of a child whose parents were not married when the child was born.