Grand Rapids Divorce Blog

Attorney Robert B. Relph discusses topics in Grand Rapids divorce such as property settlements, child support and parenting time.

What Does a Typical Divorce Lawyer Fee Agreement Look Like?

Posted on 8/17/2017 by SuperUser Account in Fee Agreements

The following represents fairly standard paragraphs often found in fee agreements between attorneys and clients, which agreements the attorney and the client will both sign, and by which both will be bound. As we have pointed out, a fee agreement between the attorney and client is always necessary to have a clear understanding of the contractual relationship between the two. The client should carefully review the fee agreement before signing it, and feel free to ask questions of the attorney regarding the agreement prior to its signing. It is further advisable for the client to periodically review the agreement as part of maintaining a productive attorney-client relationship.

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10 Legal Benefits of Marriage

Posted on 7/7/2017 by SuperUser Account

This blog typically speaks of divorce and custody legal issues involved when a marriage fails. But have you ever wondered what the legal benefits of a marriage might be?

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How do Attorneys Bill for Their Services?

Posted on 5/2/2017 by SuperUser Account in Choosing an Attorney

You're probably thinking: “They just send them a bill.” It’s not quite that simple, and for the clients’ sake, it shouldn’t be. Since clients are sometimes paying thousands of dollars for their attorneys’ services in divorce and custody cases, attention to detail and focusing on the welfare of both the attorney and client in the process is important.

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Are There Truly No Winners In Divorce Disputes?

Posted on 3/20/2017 by SuperUser Account in Settlement Negotiation

It is often said that divorce disputes produce winners and losers. A possible corollary to this is the idea that both parties are losers in an acrimonious dispute during the divorce process. These statements are more often overblown ideas involving the difficulties encountered by the parties during the process of their divorce.

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The Problem with Conciliation Conferences in Cases Involving Minor Children

Posted on 12/7/2016 by SuperUser Account in Child Custody Child Support Parenting Time

The Friend of the Court is authorized to hold conciliation conferences in cases involving minor children. The purpose of the conciliation conference is to gather information about the parents’ relationship with the children, availability to provide care for the children, child care, expenses, and income to be used for child support calculations.

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