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Family Law practice falls into essentially two categories: divorce, and child custody. While every case is different and requires specialized attention and treatment, certain features are common to all.
Issues of custody, parenting time, and child support are the same in either a divorce case with minor children or a custody case.
All divorce cases, with or without children, must address the issues of spousal support and division of property. All family law cases, whether divorce or custody, may present the issue of attorney fees.
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Custody is actually a two-part issue: legal custody, and physical custody.
Legal custody determines who will have the right to make major life decisions for minor children, such as major medical decisions, educational decisions, and religious decisions.
Physical custody determines who will be responsible for providing the day to day physical care for the children.
Michigan mandates a state-designed child support formula. The formula is based on the custody and parenting time arrangement of the parties, along with the parties’ respective incomes, and other expenses that either party incurs on behalf of the children.
Almost all couples own property together (that is, marital property) that must be divided. Whether the couple owns multiple homes, helicopters, and horses, or merely some furnishings and a television in their apartment, they still must resolve who gets what property—and what debts—and that decision is often a difficult one.
Attorney John R. Foley,
In practice since 1981, formed his own firm in 1994 to focus exclusively on two practice areas: Family Law, and Labor & Employment Litigation. To this day, Family Law remains one of our foremost practice areas.
Patrick A. Foley
Mr. Foley’s practice focuses on family law and complex civil litigation related to recovery for clients who have been economically or financially injured. Mr. Foley’s corporate practice includes representing small to medium companies and individuals in employment and deal negotiations, and contract review. He also represents individual clients in the areas of asset protection, estate planning, probate matters, and related elder law issues.
What Our Clients Say
I was going through a very difficult time and Patrick Foley not only helped fight to get me everything I wanted to ensure my child’s safety, but also was extremely concerned about the environment he was fighting to keep us from. He literally worked around the clock to build a solid case and expose all of the serious fears and dangers we were enduring and could endure in the future. I refer the Foley’s anytime anyone asks me for a Family Lawyer and let them know that I truly believe they’re the greatest. Whenever I called, he would be on the phone and if he wasn’t available that moment, their amazing staff would ensure the message was relayed and I would hear back from him promptly. I would never trust anyone else, Patrick Foley is the best!!! I am forever grateful to the Foley’s and all the hard work Patrick put in to make sure my son was in a safe and stable environment.