I offer highly skilled, cost-effective family law advice.
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Your lifestyle. Your children. Your business. Your future. Family Law matters often involves many decisions. At Kathleen Buckley, P.C., I help you make choices that best reflect your priorities—and reach the ultimate goals for your divorce, or other family law matters.
Kathleen Buckley, P.C. is located in Grand Blanc Township, MI, and serves clients in Flint, MI, Genesee County and the surrounding areas.
More than 35 years Of Experience In Family Law Matters
Kathleen Buckley is passionate about empowering her clients
by making sure they thoroughly understand their rights and options.
My Practice Areas
Through mediation and/or litigation, my divorce and family law firm can help you gain the most equitable, fair results from your divorce, including distribution of the marital home and other assets, reasonable child support payments and child custody rights enforcement.
When spouses decide to end their relationship, they can either terminate their marriage through divorce or divide their assets with an action for separation, while leaving the marriage intact. In Michigan, spouses can file for divorce, but there is no proceeding called legal separation. Instead, if spouses have a religious objection to filing for absolute divorce, they can file for separation or separate maintenance.
Legal separation is referred to as “separate maintenance” in Michigan. The filing requirements for separate maintenance, including residency and grounds, are the same as those for divorce. The procedures for division of property, child and spousal support, and child custody are also the same. The main difference with a separate maintenance action is that the marriage is not terminated. The costs of legal separation or separate maintenance are also the same.
When deciding to end a marriage, there are several different ways to conclude the relationship. An increasingly popular decision is for couples to undergo mediation. Instead of a lengthy court battle with high stress and emotions, mediation allows both spouses to reach a divorce agreement that works in the best interest of each.
Child custody cases are never easy, and they are known to be one of the most difficult types of legal situations a person can find themselves in. Following a divorce, you are still going to be a family forever. Your relationshio with your children is worth any fight.
Child support law in Michigan is based on a strict formula known as the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual, also referred to “the Michigan child support guidelines”. However, it is always prudent to seek an attorney’s counsel to ensure that the calculations of what you are required to pay or entitled to receive are done correctly, as there are a number of factors that go into this determination.
Divorce and Separation
What Our Clients Say
a Divorce client
“The best professional around! The day I walked into Kathy’s office, I was defeated, beaten down and afraid. After talking to her at my consultation, I realized she would have my back. She fought for me, and only had my well being as a focus. Although the process lasted much longer than I had hoped, it was entirely worth…”
a Child Custody client
“Very professional – was able guide my expectations and ultimately we won the case. I am very happy with the process of working with Kathleen Buckley-O’Neill for a child custody case. She was very upfront with me regarding expectations and requirements of the court. She was able to connect me and my children with really good and effective support and resources. It seemed like a long and tedious process…”