Michigan Family Law Lawyer

Family Attorney

Michigan Divorce Lawyer

Finding a way to solve your family problems

No matter how simple it may look to outsiders, divorce is stressful. For some of our clients, it is the darkest period of their lives. When dealing with this much emotional upheaval, you need a levelheaded attorney who knows family law. At The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC, we provide support and advice while protecting your parental rights and financial interests. If you are facing a divorce, or are thinking of filing, contact The Nichols Law Firm, PLLC to speak with a qualified and understanding family attorney.

Anatomy of a Divorce

Child Custody and Parenting Plans

Child custody is often the most difficult aspect of divorce law. In the midst of dealing with the emotional fallout of a failed marriage, divorcing spouses must also make decisions about caring for their children. Because child custody is such an emotionally charged issue in divorce, a family attorney is essential in creating parenting plans that support the children's best interests.

Our firm has experience creating fair, workable custody and parenting plans for divorcing parties. We work with parents in divorces that involve:

  • Complex child custody issues
  • Visitation schedule
  • Non custodial parent rights
  • Paternity issues
  • Child support

Property Division

Every divorce, from the largest estate to the simplest, involves dividing the marital property between the two spouses. Marital property can include

  • Real estate
  • 401(k) or pension plans
  • Personal property

With a few exceptions, anything that you and your spouse have acquired during the marriage is marital property. In order to determine the value of the estate, we work with appraisers and business valuators when necessary.


Alimony, also known as spousal support, is not as common as it used to be. Usually, if one spouse has stayed at home, the court can award alimony temporarily, giving the stay at home spouse enough time to finish school or return to the workforce.

Other Family Law Matters

We also assist our clients with matters involving

  • Post- and prenuptial agreements
  • Post-judgment modifications
  • Domestic violence
  • Child support enforcement

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Peer Recognition

Mike Nichols is a national leader in drunk driving defense. He is a member of the Forensic Committee and Michigan delegate to the National College for DUI Defense. He is also a Sustaining Member of the College. Nichols is also a founding member of the Michigan Association of OWI Attorneys; a member of the American Chemical Society; an associate member of he American Academy of Forensic Science, Adjunct Professor of Forensic Evidence in Criminal Law and OWI Law and Practice at Cooley Law School. He is also author of the West OWI Practice book and several chapters in other books on science and the law.

Mike Nichols is recognized by his peers in Michigan as a “SuperLawyer” in DUI/Criminal Defense. Nichols has also been asked to speak at conferences by groups such as the NCDD; Various Bar Associations in other states.