Will I be able to keep assets I owned before my marriage if I get divorced?

Perhaps. Michigan divides assets equitably, but not necessarily equally. Judges seek to provide fairness in a divorce case involving assets. Even if you owned assets prior to the marriage, they may or may not be considered marital property at this point. We can advise you further during your initial consultation.

What happens if my spouse and I can’t agree on the custody and visitation schedule for our children?

If you and your spouse are unable to collaboratively devise a custody and visitation schedule, a Michigan judge will be required to do it for you. They are tasked with ensuring the best interests of the child are achieved.

If I get divorced, will I be required to pay child and spousal support/alimony?

It depends fully on your specific circumstances. That said, if your spouse is granted sole or majority custody, you will most likely be ordered to make child support payments. If you were the primary breadwinner in your marriage and your spouse does not have an adequate or secure source of income, you may be required to make alimony payments as well.

Is it unwise to marry without a prenuptial agreement?

Every couple is different, but if you own assets you want to retain and protect in the event of divorce, it is wise to draft a prenuptial agreement for your soon-to-be-spouse to sign.

Can I have multiple powers of attorney for different purposes?

Yes! You may have as many powers of attorney as you want, as long as they don’t contradict one another. For example, you may designate your spouse as your medical power of attorney and your sibling as your durable power of attorney if they are good at managing assets.

Am I required to speak with the negligent party’s insurance provider if I file a personal injury claim against someone who injured me?

Most likely not. Unless the personal injury resulted in death or catastrophic injury, you will likely just be dealing with your own insurance provider. If we are suing the other party for serious injuries, we will handle all of the communications with their insurance carrier on your behalf.

If I’m facing criminal charges, do I need to retain a criminal defense lawyer even if I have an alibi?

Absolutely. An alibi is just one piece of the overall puzzle and may not be enough to prove your innocence. If you or a family member is facing criminal charges, contact an experienced and aggressive criminal defense lawyer like John Bovill today.

What are your firm’s hours of operation?

Our office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. We are also willing to arrange consultations outside of our normal business hours on request.

What forms of payment do you accept?

We accept client payments via cash, check, or money order.

Do you offer free consultations?

Yes! Simply give us a call today to schedule your complimentary consultation with Attorney John Bovill III.

Attorney John Bovill III represents family law clients in Saginaw, Bay, and Midland counties in a variety of legal matters, including divorce and custody. Contact our Saginaw office today at (989) 792-4648 to schedule a free consultation with a trusted and effective lawyer.