Family Law FAQ

As a family law attorney, Nancy Ballast prides herself on taking family law cases that others turn down. By representing clients involved in unique marital situations, she possesses experience and insight that many other lawyers lack.

Michigan residents come to the founder of our firm seeking answers. Common questions include:

What type of divorces does the Law Offices of Nancy L. Ballast handle?

All types of marital dissolution and the issues related to them, including opposite-sex and same-sex marriages.

Do I have to go to court?

Trial in a courtroom is not an automatic destination. While a judge will terminate the marriage via a formal ruling in court, custody, child and spousal support and property division can be resolved when two spouses are willing to mediate.

How much will my divorce cost?

Legal fees are dependent on the length of time proceedings take. Litigation does draw out the process while mediation can save both time and money.

Can I make my spouse pay for legal fees related to our divorce?

It is rare for a judge to force one ex to reimburse the other. What we can do is establish a strong reason for payment and make the request.

How are assets and debts divided?

Property acquired during the marriage is marital property and subject to equitable division. Nonmarital assets are categorized as property secured prior to getting married, along with inheritances, gifts and lawsuit proceeds designated to one spouse. Division of those assets is rare.

Similar to property, debts are divided justly and equitably. However, certain conditions can alter the split.

How long does the divorce process last?

Recognizing that each case is unique, Nancy Ballast customizes strategies based on individual clients and their specific needs. Simply put, she does not employ a template approach nor can she predict the length of the marital dissolution timeline.

Schedule an initial consultation by calling the Law Office of Nancy L. Ballast at 616-406-6451. You can also send us an email.