Family Law Attorney in Southfield, Michigan

When it comes to family law matters, oftentimes these types of cases are very sensitive and emotional in nature. I often counsel parents concerned about what's best for their children, how separation could affect their relationships parents, and so on. As well as separating spouses fighting disappointment after what feels like giving everything they could to save the marriage (or regrets that they did not). Unfortunately, sometimes when it feels like giving everything isn’t enough anymore, it’s time to create a new path for your life.

Whether you are thinking about divorce, are trying to determine your custody and visitation plan, or are trying to establish an agreeable child support amount, you need a knowledgeable family lawyer who can help you understand your options. When you contact my firm, Cordes Law PLLC, I can help you through all of that and more. I have years of experience helping individuals find solutions to their family law matters.

Reliable Family Law Legal Services

You don’t want to leave the outcome of your family law matter in the hands of the court. When it comes to having your side heard, you want an experienced advocate in your corner. See some of the areas of family law where I have helped previous clients, below.

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When you are accustomed to a certain lifestyle as a married couple, separation and divorce can have a major impact on that. In order to maintain a reasonable standard of living, you may be eligible to receive financial support from your former spouse that they are legally obligated to provide.

Child Support 

Divorce can bring so much uncertainty into your life, but when a child, or children, are involved it’s important to minimize the chaos it brings to theirs. The custodial parent (who has custody of the children a majority of the time) has the right to continuing financial support for the benefit of the child.

Child Custody

This is one of the most emotional and important topics to resolve in family law. Child custody is divided into physical and legal custody. The physical custody of your child is shared based on how much time each parent gets to spend with the child. Legal custody is what protects your ability to make decisions regarding your child. I work to keep the child's best interest in mind when establishing these plans.


Visitation is the legal plan for how the separated parents will share time with the children. The non-custodial parent (who has the children less than half of the time) has visitation rights with the children. Visitation orders can vary, depending on the best interests of the children, the situation of the parents, etc. I can help you figure out the best visitation plan for your new normal.


A legal separation is a court order that mandates the rights and responsibilities of a couple while they are still married but living apart. Although legal separations aren't as common as divorce, they can be particularly helpful while spouses work through any personal or financial issues they have that are affecting their marriage. 

Equitable distribution

When a divorce is contentious, fairly distributing the property and debt obligations can be a hot-button issue. Instead of splitting everything 50-50, the equitable distribution looks at the future financial situations of each spouse. You’ll want a strong legal representative to help you reach the fairest resolution.

Family Law Attorney in Southfield, MI

Make sure you’re fully prepared before entering the family court with help from Cordes Law PLLC. Attorney Tim Cordes has over a decade of legal experience in and out of the courtroom. He’ll work to find an amicable resolution that doesn’t involve going to court. If an agreement can’t be reached, attorney Cordes will fight aggressively for your parental and spousal rights.