Family Law

Family Law in Traverse CityFamily law is a special part of the legal code. Though the matters involved are highly personal, they are handled by public institutions. John W. Tilley, Attorney at Law of Traverse City, MI practices family law to enable individuals to act in the best interests of themselves and their loved ones. The ethos of every family law practitioner depends on a compassionate understanding and steadfast concern for the well-being of all those involved. The proceedings can be messy and require a deft touch.

Family law includes:

● Domestic Violence—Acts of domestic violence, spousal abuse, or child abuse fall under criminal and family law. There are special considerations to be made for violence committed between family members. Often a great deal of pressure surrounds a decision to pursue charges. John W. Tilley also works on personal protection orders (PPOs) should someone be exhibiting stalking or harassing behavior. PPOs enter the perpetrator into the law enforcement network.

● Annulments and Separation Agreements— In addition to divorces, marriages can be ended by an annulments.  The difference is that if the person bringing the annulment suit is successful, the marriage will be declared to never have happened.  Basically, the plaintiff must claim he/she was defrauded into the marriage.  Separation agreements are much like pre-nuptial agreements
● Paternity— A biological father has no legal rights or obligations unless he has legal status as the father.   A child born during a marriage is assumed to be the husband’s child.  If there is no marriage and the father is present at the birth, he and the mother usually sign an “Affidavit of Parentage,” which establishes his legal rights.  This form can also be signed after the child is born.  If the mother or proposed father don’t agree on his paternity, a paternity case can be filed by either parent, and the father will take a DNA test to resolve the question.

● Alimony—Alimony settlements involve a number of factors, including how much money is to be awarded and the length of the patronage. This often depends on several aspects; most important, the length of the marriage, each spouse’s income, and the requesting spouse’s need. Though courts tend to favor an impoverished divorcee, there are ways to avoid a lifetime dependency on alimony payments.

Though times may be rough, a better future awaits. Speak to John W. Tilley, Attorney at Law today!