Family Law

Willingham & Coté's family law attorneys are some of the top regarded Michigan family attorneys in the state of Michigan. We have the skills and experience to understand all of the complexities of family law and will help assist you to take the worry out of these emotional times.  

The family law group efficiently deals with complicated business and property issues and has the resources to reach creative solutions in difficult divorce cases.  The group is also experienced in the unique issues that arise when one or more of the parties is a resident of another state or country.  Lastly, our attorneys have extensive experience in handling custody and parenting time, child support and spousal support, change of domicile, paternity and probate court litigation.

Willingham & Coté, P.C., has vast experience practicing family law in various surrounding counties throughout the State of Michigan. Practicing law in the family division courts can differ significantly from county to county. We routinely handle family law matters in Clinton, Eaton, Ingham, Jackson, and Shiawassee Counties.

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Why Consulting A Family Law Attorney Is Important

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Family Law Services

The family law attorneys are experienced in the following areas:

Divorce Basics



Because Michigan is a no-fault divorce state, a party does not need to prove fault in order to obtain a divorce in Michigan. The family attorneys at Willingham and Cotè are experienced in divorce cases and dedicated to helping you through every step of the divorce process.

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Property Division

In Michigan, marital assets are typically divided 50-50, however the court reserves the right to use its discretion in when it comes to property division as it relates to divorce.

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Social Media

Social media has many benefits. When considering divorce, “snooping” on your spouse’s social media accounts is NOT one of them. Actually, it can land you in jail.

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Support & Custody Issues

Child Custody and Parenting Time Issues

Our family law experts know the ins and outs of the Child Custody Act and child custody laws in Michigan. From the initial assessment to objection requests, our family attorneys are here to help.

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Child Support

Child support is decided using the income for a parent as well as the number of overnight visits a child spends with a parent. The family attorneys at Willingham and Cotè will walk you through the process to ensure you know your rights.

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Spousal Support/Alimony

Spousal support and alimony decisions are usually a result of what the judge sees fair and can be based on factors such as length of the marriage and income of each party.

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Change of Domicile

After a marriage has ended, one parent may have to relocate due to circumstances such as a change in employment opportunity or a remarriage. Relocation typically requires a child custody order to be modified.

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Other Family Law Services


Paternity Disputes

In Michigan, when a child is born out of wedlock, either the mother of the child or the State of Michigan, as requested by the Department of Human Services, can file a paternity action to determine or confirm the father of the child.

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The family attorneys at Willingham and Cotè also provide legal counsel related to adoptions in the State of Michigan.


Guardianships/ Conservatorships

A guardian and conservator may be appointed to protect the welfare of minor children, incapacitated adults, mentally ill adults, and the elderly. Our family attorneys are experienced in cases involving guardianships and conservatorships, and we are dedicated to guiding you through the process.

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Family Law Blog View All blog posts »

Marriage and Custody: What are the implications?

posted on February 05, 2018
Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

How does an upcoming wedding impact the custody of your children?  If you are planning the wedding, you may be contemplating whether you may c...

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A Checklist When Considering Divorce

posted on January 09, 2018
Torree J. Breen, Divorce & Family Law

Are you contemplating divorce? Before you file, you should gather information to determine whether you can live on your own, independent of your spous...

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