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Find a divorce attorney near Pontiac, MI

Find a divorce attorney near Pontiac, MI

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Top 6 Divorce Attorneys near Pontiac, MI

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3. Law Offices of Michael Friedman
Exceptional 5.0

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Exceptional 5.0

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Offers remote services
  • 7 hires on Thumbtack
  • Serves Pontiac, MI
Over 45 years experience as a practicing attorney. Former Oakland County Assistant Prosecutor. Member of the Family Law , Criminal Law and Masters Lawyers sections of the State Bar of Michigan. Taught classes in criminal Law at Oakland University and has lectured at numerous Family Law conferences. For the past 35 years in a row has received the highest rating (av) from Martindale- Hubbel. Has tried scores of both and family law and criminal cases over the years. Well respected by judges and other lawyers. Received recognition by the Trial Lawyer Association as among the top 100 lawyers in his field, and top 10% rating by the American Registry and Avvo. Family law matters include divorce, custody and parenting time, support, alimony and paternity matters. Has successfully handled criminal cases from traffic offenses to serious felonies and white collar offenses charges in both the state and federal court systems. I have always enjoyed meeting and working with people, and solving problems for clients, who are often stressed out by the entire process. Reducing client anxiety and stress is an improtant objective for me. I will try to first resolve a case by reaching an agreement with the opposition, since it saves a considerable amount of time, attorney fees and stress. If that fails I can be aggressive and determined to fight vigorously for my clients.See more
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Q & A

Answers to commonly asked questions from the experts on Thumbtack.

How do I hire a good divorce attorney?

It’s important to spend an adequate amount of time researching and vetting several divorce attorneys before you hire one. Start by searching for top-rated lawyers near you, and read through their clients’ reviews. Get an idea of their reputation, how successful they are and how they set their pricing. 

Make sure each attorney you’re considering is admitted to the bar in the state where your divorce could be adjudicated (ask your prospective lawyer first if you aren’t sure which state is right). And when you feel like you have a good list of potential divorce lawyers who can handle your case, contact them to get price estimates, their hourly rates and any other pricing terms.

What do lawyers do in a divorce?

A divorce lawyer handles negotiations regarding how assets are divided between spouses, as well as who assumes debts. The divorce lawyer can also help establish an agreement for child support and child custody between the spouses. All of this requires research and evidence gathering, as well as compiling and filing paperwork with the court that summarizes the evidence. 

When should I hire a divorce attorney?

You should hire a divorce attorney in situations where settlements are hard to reach between you and your spouse, or if you want to better understand your rights. This includes a wide range of complicated issues, with common examples being:

  • Child custody and child support
  • Debts owed
  • Future assets like inheritance
  • Current assets like houses, cars and valuables

You should hire an attorney if you and your spouse are having difficulty agreeing to terms on how to handle these issues.

Who pays for a divorce?

Often, each spouse pays their own respective lawyer’s attorney fees and costs during a divorce. However, certain circumstances may lead to one party paying for the other’s legal fees.

Do divorce lawyers work on contingency?

It’s unusual for divorce lawyers to work on contingency, where they receive an agreed-upon proportion of the awarded amount if and only if they win the case. It's much more common for lawyers to work on a retainer or on a fixed hourly fee. Always discuss the fees and payment options with lawyers you’re considering hiring.

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