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Welcome to The Tuke Firm, the legal practice where dedication meets innovation in family law.

We bring clarity to chaos.

The Michigan divorce process involves complex emotional and logistical challenges, from navigating child custody arrangements and crafting comprehensive parenting plans to equitable property distribution and addressing interim and ongoing financial concerns.

Facing such a significant life change necessitates partnering with an experienced Oakland County divorce lawyer who understands Michigan divorce law, the Michigan family court system in various counties, and the judges and referees who hear divorce and family cases in Michigan.

The Tuke Firm, led by Esse T. Tuke, uses her insights gained from an extensive background practicing family law as a previous judicial attorney, divorce litigator, divorce mediator, and divorce negotiator to advocate for clients’ best interests throughout Oakland County.

We understand that the outcomes of divorce cases can be determined by nuanced details pertaining to personal circumstances and the negotiation skills of an Oakland County divorce attorney. As such, we thoroughly examine every personal and circumstantial detail, leaving no stone unturned to craft a legal strategy that best aligns with our clients’ needs, keeping their best interests at the forefront.

Our Oakland County Divorce Attorneys Handle All Divorce and Family Law Matters

The Tuke Firm specializes in a comprehensive range of divorce and family law services designed to support families in Oakland County and Troy, MI through every stage of the legal process.

Our divorce lawyers handle matters which include, but are not limited to:

  • Filing for divorce in the appropriate county in MI on your behalf
  • Discovery of Income and asset values
  • Child support and child custody
  • Spousal support and alimony
  • Property division
  • High-asset divorce proceedings
  • Divorce settlements through mediation, negotiation, litigation

At The Tuke Firm, we understand that each family’s situation is unique. That’s why we tailor our services to meet the specific needs of our clients, ensuring a personalized approach to legal representation. Our method prioritizes efficiency and empathy, recognizing the emotional challenges that accompany divorce and family disputes.

We are committed to handling cases with the utmost sensitivity, guiding our clients through the legal process with compassion and understanding. Our goal is not just to resolve legal matters, but to provide a pathway to a new beginning for the families we serve in Oakland County, MI.

If You Are Filing for Divorce, Have Received Divorce Papers, or Need Guidance in a Family Matter,
Contact Us Immediately.

The Benefits of Working With The Tuke Firm

The Tuke Firm is here to help. We treat you like family, using every resource and legal strategy available to protect your best interests.

Free Initial Consultations

Flat Fee Affordable Pricing

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20 Years of Family Law Experience

Aggressive Litigation Available

Compassionate Guidance

If you are filing for divorce or need guidance please contact us at (248) 619-1782 for a free consultation.

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Types of Divorces in Michigan

Michigan’s divorce proceedings can vary significantly, depending on the circumstances surrounding each case. The Tuke Firm is adept at navigating all types of divorces including those that are considered to be high-conflict divorce.

  • High Asset Divorce: When your marital estate (total value of the bank assets, investment assets, retirement, life insurance, vehicle equity, home equity, etc.) is larger than $1,000,000, you need an attorney with expertise in the different ways that different asset classes are handled. Often there are pre-nuptial or post-nuptial agreements involved that need to be interpreted or challenged. Also, there are questions about the handling of the inheritances and/or gifted property, asset or property held in trust, etc.
  • Contested Divorce: When spouses cannot agree on one or more key issues, such as child custody, parenting time, child support, property division, or spousal support, the divorce is considered contested. These cases often require more litigation and attendance at mediation to resolve disputes. If the disputes are not resolved in mediation, the matter will be scheduled for Trial.
  • Uncontested Divorce: In an uncontested divorce, both parties agree on all significant matters, allowing for a smoother and often quicker resolution. These types of divorces can often be resolved without mediation to finalize the agreements. The Tuke Firm offers affordable flat fees for divorces that are simple and conflict free.
  • Divorce with No Minor Children (DO): When spouses are divorcing and need to equitably divide their assets and debts acquired during the marriage. The court expects these cases to resolve sooner, as the end goal is to create a plan share the “stuff” and move on efficiently.
  • Divorce with Minor Children involved (DM): When spouses are divorcing with mutually born children under the age of 18, you will negotiate custody, parenting time and child support; as well as equitably dividing their assets and debts acquired during the marriage.

Regardless of the type of divorce, our law firm in Oakland County is committed to providing tailored legal strategies. We understand that each divorce scenario is unique and requires a customized approach from an experienced divorce attorney.

Lawyer for Child Support Needs

In Michigan, child support is a non-negotiable legal obligation calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula, factoring in both parents’ incomes, number of children, number of annual overnights, mandatory deductions, etc., to ensure the child(ren)’s financial needs are met.

Support typically continues until the child turns 18, but may extend under certain conditions, such as high school attendance or special needs, up to the age of 19 and a half.

Our Oakland county divorce lawyers handle child support matters helping our clients secure an accurate and fair determination of payments, ensuring the financial needs of the child are adequately met while reflecting the true financial capabilities of both parents. 

Child Custody

In Michigan, child custody decisions during a divorce prioritize the child’s best interests, considering factors such as emotional ties with each parent, the parties work schedules, distance between parents, location of child’s school, and length of time in the community, and each parent’s ability to provide care and guidance. Michigan recognizes two types of custody:

  • legal custody, which pertains to decision making authority in the child’s upbringing, and
  • physical custody, regarding with whom the child primarily resides.

In child custody cases, the court can award joint or sole custody in both categories, often encouraging joint legal custody to ensure both parents remain involved in the child’s major life decisions.

However, physical custody arrangements vary, potentially allowing for shared custody or designating one parent as the primary custodian based on what best serves the child’s needs. Contact our Oakland County family law attorney to schedule a free child custody case consultation.

Spousal Support and Alimony

In Michigan and Oakland County, alimony, also known as spousal support, is not guaranteed in a divorce and is awarded based on the court’s assessment of each spouse’s financial needs, the length of the marriage, past earnings, future earning potential and each party’s ability to pay. Unlike child support, there’s no set formula for calculating alimony, making the court’s discretion key in determining the amount and duration of payments, if it is ordered at all.

Unlike in the past, you will need to fight for any spousal support award you will get from your spouse.

Alimony can be temporary or permanent, often aiming to help the lower-earning spouse maintain an income similar to what you enjoyed during the marriage until the other spouse can become financially independent.

You can negotiate a non-modifiable spousal support award based on the parties’ mutual agreement. If you cannot agree and need to go to Trial and ask the Judge to decide, whatever support is awarded remains modifiable—either party could file a motion to ask the court to increase or reduce the original award amount.

Factors influencing alimony decisions include but are not limited to:

  • Length of the marriage;
  • Financial need;
  • The age the parties;
  • Health of the parties;
  • their earning capacities;
  • One or both parties having inherited or gifted property;
  • Separate property holdings;
  • and contributions to the marital estate, among others.

 

If you are filing for divorce or need guidance please contact us at (248) 619-1782 for a free consultation.

Property Division

In Michigan, property division during a divorce follows the principle of equitable distribution, meaning the court divides marital assets fairly but not necessarily equally. This includes everything acquired, or with value appreciation, during the marriage, from real estate, investment accounts to retirement accounts, with consideration for each spouse’s financial situation, contributions to the marriage, and future needs.

Separate property, owned before the marriage or received as a gift or inheritance, generally remains with the original owner. However, there can be facts that allow the court to invade a separate asset—need of other party and/or contribution. The court evaluates numerous factors, such as:

  • the length of the marriage,
  • the parties’ ages,
  • health,
  • earning abilities,
  • one or both parties having inherited or gifted property,
  • separate property holdings,
  • contributions to the marital estate, among others.
  • and sometimes, the cause of the divorce, among others, to achieve a fair division.

High Asset Divorce Attorney in Oakland County

Individuals undergoing a high-asset divorce in Oakland county, Michigan, must take into account many careful considerations to ensure a fair outcome. Some of these considerations include the intricate division of marital assets such as:

  • Pre-Nuptial or Post-Nuptial Agreements,
  • residential real estate,
  • commercial real estate,
  • rental properties/Air BnB properties,
  • time shares,
  • businesses/practices/franchises,
  • stocks and stock options,
  • bonuses,
  • investments accounts,
  • addressing loans and debt.
  • trust assets and more.

necessitating accurate valuation by financial professionals like appraisers and financial analysts.

High asset divorces also entail significant tax implications, impacting decisions on asset division. Additionally, prenuptial agreements or postnuptial agreements can greatly influence proceedings, particularly regarding asset distribution and spousal support.

Concerns about hidden assets may require subpoenas, forensic accounting, or depositions to ensure all property is disclosed and equitably divided.

Moreover, maintaining privacy is often a priority, with out-of-court settlements and private judges offering discretion.

Our Oakland county, MI high-asset divorce attorney can offer invaluable advice and insights on these matters. Our attorneys have earned a reputation for rigorous negotiation and superior client advocacy. Our high-asset divorce lawyers ensure that the divorce settlement reflects your contributions to the marriage and secures your financial well-being after the ink is dry.

Clarity Out of Chaos—Choose The Tuke Firm

At The Tuke Firm, our unparalleled blend of experience, empathy, and effectiveness sets us apart in the field of divorce and family law in Oakland County. Led by Esse T. Tuke, a divorce lawyer, whose 20+ years of diverse legal expertise have shaped a practice that is both compassionate and compelling, our family law attorneys are dedicated to achieving the best possible outcomes for our clients. Our testimonials speak volumes, with countless clients attesting to the life-changing impact of our work and the dedication of our divorce attorneys.

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Contact Our Divorce Lawyers in Oakland County for a Free Consultation

If you are considering a divorce, have been served divorce papers, or are in amidst of one, we invite you to reach out to The Tuke Firm to meet with our top-rated divorce lawyers in Oakland County for a free consultation and more information.

During your free initial consultation, we will review your case and answer any questions you may have about family law, your rights, or the divorce process in Oakland County, MI.

Oakland county divorce lawyer

Esse T. Tuke
Founder of The Tuke Firm, PLLC

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