Shawn L. Perry
Attorney at Law

You can find us at:

29 Pearl Street, Suite 421

Grand Rapids, MI 49503

 

Family Law

Family law court actions, such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support and post-judgment enforcement procedures are among the most emotional events that may occur in your life. To make things even more difficult, you will undoubtedly be asked to set aside your emotions and attempt to make a decision as to what is in your best interests after careful thought and reflection. These actions are also unique because rarely are two sets of circumstances so similar that the same result can be predicted. Thus, input from family and friends who were involved in “similar” situations is not necessarily helpful in shaping the decisions you have to make.

There is no breakup of an emotional relationship without stress. Different people handle it in different ways, but everyone who goes through a divorce or related matter suffers a great deal of stress. When we suffer stress we naturally try to alleviate it in some way, usually by seeking the advice and consolation of our family, our friends and our lawyer. We need to make one recommendation right away: seek and follow advice from your attorney only. Not from your family. Not from your friends. They can support you and console you, but it is unfair to them and to you to turn to them for advice. Advice and counsel can come from your lawyer only. If you are seeking the guidance of other counselors, whether religious or psychological, we will talk about the different roles each of us will play. Please keep in mind that your family and friends are no more able to advise you in your divorce than they are able to treat your appendicitis.

All family law matters involve loss, and no loss is without pain. People who suffer a painful loss experience grief. Grief is not here today and gone tomorrow. The grieving process takes months and even years for some. It affects our judgment and our energy. A person going through a divorce is as much entitled to grieve the loss of his or her spouse as a person whose spouse has died. Do not burn up a lot of energy telling yourself that you should not feel the way you feel.

Persons experiencing a divorce or the loss of a relationship often experience anger, but the legal process is primarily to terminate a relationship with someone you have once cared very much about. You may still care very much about the person and may one day care about him or her even more than you do now. These facts make our work complicated. We must spend the time necessary to make the right decisions during this difficult time.  Attorney at Law Shawn L. Perry has the experience and expertise to assist you with the following family law matters:

  • Divorce
  • Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support
  • Property Division
  • Qualified and Eligible Domestic Relations Orders
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Appellate Advocacy
  • Post Judgment Modifications
  • Change of Domicile
  • Paternity
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Adoption

Shawn L. Perry has:

  • Tried divorce cases involving complex marital estates including the valuation and division of medical practices, insurance agencies and manufacturing companies.
  • Handled custody and parenting time disputes involving children with special needs.
  • Presented oral arguments before the Michigan Appellate Courts on issues of first impression, including the Uniform Fraudulent Transfers Act, and the constitutionality of Michigan’s Dower statute.