Muskegon Michigan Family Law
Ottawa County Family Divorce Lawyers
Kathrine West – an Experienced Family Law Attorney
West & West Law, a Muskegon-based law firm, provides services for Divorce in Michigan, a no-fault state. Attorney Kathrine West has 25 years of legal experience. She has built her reputation on successful results and premier service. While aggressive in the courtroom, she takes a caring and compassionate approach while working with and representing her clients. Kathrine and her legal team handle all family law issues, both in and out of court, which includes these critical life-changing issues:
- Property Distribution
- Alimony (Spousal Support)
- Child Custody
- Parenting Time
- Best Interests of the Child
- Child Support
- Relocation with Children
- Collaborative Divorce
- Divorce Mediation
- Retirement Benefits
- Post-Judgment Modifications
- Domestic Violence
Navigating through a divorce can be very difficult for all members of a family. Kathrine and her legal team at West & West Law are sympathetic to each client’s situation and take measures to reduce the amount of stress and conflict that can arise throughout a highly personal and emotionally charged process. Family members can experience hurt, frustration, anxiety, and fear. Her goal is to direct you through the complex legal process of divorce while managing the least amount of burdens on you and your family during a difficult time.
As her client, Kathrine understands that you will have many questions about the divorce process or other family law-related matters, and she will take the time necessary to answer them. Your needs and concerns are a priority to the West & West legal team at all times.
Preparing for Divorce Advice
Divorce is a complicated process for your family legally, financially and emotionally. There are many things to consider in preparation for divorce proceedings.
Here is a checklist to help you prepare:
- Run your credit report.
Run both of your credit reports if possible. At a minimum, run your own credit report so that you know exactly how many accounts you have and whose name they are in. The Judgment of Divorce should account for all the liabilities and the credit report provides a good starting point to ensure they are all accounted for.
- Gather all of the necessary documents.
It is crucial to know what you have. Start gathering and making copies of all the financial documents, including but not limited to: pay stubs, bank accounts, taxes, mortgages, auto loans, credit cards, pension statements, retirement account statements, trusts, investments, social security earning statements, etc.
- Consult with a divorce attorney.
Consulting with an experienced divorce attorney who can advise you of your rights is important to understanding what divorce will mean to you and your family.
- Get those sentimental items now.
Family photos, birth videos, wedding rings, family heirlooms, etc. – they can all mysteriously disappear during the divorce process. Keep records of what you took, where they are located and provide this to your attorney.
Divorce Mediation Options are Available and Beneficial
Kathrine West is a Certified Collaborative Divorce Attorney. In the Collaborative Divorce approach, a professional team supports couples through the emotional aspects of divorce as they resolve their legal and financial issues. Many West & West Law clients understand their marriages are irreconcilable and that divorce is their only option. They want to resolve their cases as amicably as possible. Both husband and wife retain an attorney who has had Collaborative Divorce training. Collaborative divorce requires that both parties and their lawyers all sign a commitment to reach a settlement without going to court. The main benefit of a mediated divorce is that it allows both parties to maintain control of the decision making in the divorce process as opposed to having those decisions made by the court system.
Choose the Right Divorce Legal Team
When your family difficulties turn into a family crisis, you need an experienced and compassionate family law attorney to advise and protect you. Kathrine is recognized throughout West Michigan as a leader in the field of family law and as a zealous advocate for her clients. West & West Law offers a combination of experience, knowledge, and a successful track record, paired with compassion and understanding necessary to meet the needs of your unique family law challenges
West & West Law will be with you every step of the way.
Isn’t that what you and your family deserve in securing a divorce attorney?
Muskegon Michigan Family Law