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Family Law/Divorce

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The most important consideration in your divorce is you. Our number one priority is ensuring that you are informed throughout the legal process. With locations throughout the state, including Southfield, Macomb, Midland, Muskegon, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Holland and Kalamazoo, we can provide legal services to you anywhere in Michigan.

Professionals

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Photo of Lucy Araj
Lucy Araj
+1.248.784.5167
Photo of Kevin Dougherty
Kevin Dougherty
+1.616.752.2175
Photo of Roquia Draper
Roquia Draper
+1.248.784.5081
Photo of Richard Roane
Richard Roane
+1.616.752.2367
Photo of Nazli Sater
Nazli Sater
+1.248.784.5178
Photo of Laurie Velzen
Laurie Velzen
+1.616.752.2352

Professionals


Nazli Sater, Chair
248.784.5178
Southfield

Richard Roane
616.752.2367
Grand Rapids

Kevin Dougherty
616.752.2175
Grand Rapids

Daniel Borst
616.752.2735
Grand Rapids

Roquia Draper
248.784.5081
Southfield

Lucy Araj
248.784.5167
Southfield
   

Why Warner?

At Warner Norcross & Judd, we’re more than our Best Lawyers in America designations, Martindale-Hubbell rankings and Chambers USA acknowledgements. As one of the largest and most successful law firms in Michigan, we can handle your legal matters, whether simple or complex, from start to finish.

Warner represents clients in all aspects of family law, customizing our approach to the client's specific circumstances. We provide services in the areas of premarital and post-marital agreements, separation agreements, annulment, divorce, custody and parenting time, spousal and child support, property division, and post-judgment support and custody matters.

We are experienced at evaluating both routine and complex financial and legal issues in connection with family law cases, including issues relating to business valuation and non-marital property. We counsel clients on a variety of Alternate Dispute Resolution methods in an effort to minimize the emotional difficulty and expense often encountered in connection with these types of cases, while at the same time zealously advocating for and protecting our clients' interests. Whenever possible, we strive to resolve issues by agreement; however, we are experienced litigators who are able to effectively try those cases that cannot be settled.

In 1931 David Warner, George Norcross and Siegel Judd created the law firm with a handshake understanding that client service would be their No. 1 priority. Today, we have eight Michigan offices and more than 230 attorneys, but our original dedication to client service remains. Let us prove it to you. 

Your Initial Consultation

The most effective way for us to provide you legal advice is to schedule an initial consultation.  The purpose of our initial consultation is to discuss the specifics of your legal matter and provide you with sound legal advice on how to meet your goals and objectives.  All communications and information you share with us is in the utmost of confidence and privacy. 
 
We welcome you to contact one of our trusted attorneys to schedule a consultation.

In Metro Detroit contact Nazli Sater at 248.784.5178 or nsater@wnj.com. In West Michigan contact Richard Roane at 616.752.2367 or rroane@wnj.com.

Testimonials

"I just want to give you a sincere thank you for all you have done for me. The process was completely foreign to me. You helped me be comfortable with what was going on, but most of all you are extremely talented, compassionate and hard working individuals. Thanks again." - Derrin
 
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"Thanks for everything you did to ensure this divorce progressed smoothly and swiftly. You were very thorough and informative. I'm really happy I had you on my side in this process. Thank you again!" - Karen S.
 
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“I had significant post divorce issues that included parenting time, child support and uninsured medical costs.  After meeting with several lawyers from top firms, I knew quickly in my initial meeting with Nazli Sater that she was the lawyer I needed to hire.  Nazli developed a legal strategy to obtain my families' goals and successfully navigated us through the court system.  We were able to achieve an outcome that was better than I had anticipated.  Nazli is an expert in family law and a highly skilled negotiator.  Nazli was very attentive, responsive and actually cared about my family.  I highly recommend Nazli Sater.“ - Bernice M.

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“I'm very happy and thankful for your devoted, aggressive when needed and responsive representation. I definitely made the right choice in selecting Warner Norcross & Judd and am extremely happy with the representation I received from Roquia and Nazli.” - Matt W.

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“This difficult ordeal was made much easier because of you. From the very beginning you demonstrated a genuine concern for my well-being—this made me comfortable and confident being in your care. And the end result was just what I wished for! I'll be sure to call you and your firm for any future legal needs.” - Courtney H.

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“I interviewed three other attorneys before selecting Nazli Sater to represent me during my divorce. Without a doubt, it was one of the best decisions that I have ever made. Through the entire process I had the attentive support of Nazli and I felt like I had her entire team behind me to take care of my every need." - Jeff S.

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“As a male, initiating my divorce, I felt that my best chances for an equitable outcome were to retain the services of a female attorney. Ms. Nazli Sater with the firm Warner Norcross & Judd, LLP was recommended. At my initial consultation, I became quickly impressed with her conduct, professionalism and honesty. Throughout the entire process she always pursued actions that were in my best interest yet maintained a sense of realistic fairness. She is extremely knowledgeable and offered advice whenever appropriate. More importantly, she was very empathetic towards my situation and the difficult time I was experiencing. There was a demonstrated concern for me, not just as a client, but as a person. In retrospect, I truly appreciated her balance of legal skills and abilities combined with a genuine compassion.” - Nick M.
 
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“My mother was involved in a very difficult divorce after 52 years of marriage. The support she received from Nazli, Lucy, and Cindy was terrific. These ladies really work as a team in terms of communication and accessibility. There was always someone that could be contacted directly and questions/issues were handled with extreme professionalism. Always the first consideration was my mother's perspective. Her wishes were always the driving concern with the legal team. There were several occasions when immediate action was required and Nazli was able to juggle her commitments (not sure how she even did it!) but she really came through at the absolute critical time for my mother. This high level of dedication and genuine concern for their clients is what I will remember most about working with this talented team!" - Kimberly P.

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“I came to Warner Norcross & Judd in December 2012 after I realized my marriage was over. I was able to have Lucy Araj take my case on and felt from the start this would be an efficient and fast process. My ex-husband and I were able to work out most items on our own and with the advice of Ms. Araj, come to a mutual agreement on how to separate the marital assets. We were so confident in Ms. Araj's abilities that he never hired anyone to represent him. All of my questions and concerns about the process and outcomes were answered in a timely manner. Ms. Araj was able to complete the entire process within the quickest time frame allowed by the State of Michigan. I appreciate her help, advice, and guidance through this period of my life and I am happy to recommend Warner Norcross & Judd to anyone else looking for excellent representation. In fact, so far I have been able to recommend two others who have utilized this firm since and although their situations varied from mine, they have had nothing but great things to say about the firm and their process as well." - Melissa W.
 
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Awards

Our commitment to providing unsurpassed counsel and service to our clients is at the core of everything we do, earning top ratings for us year after year. Here are some of the awards bestowed on attorneys in our Family Law Practice Group:
 

Nazli G. Sater

  • Named a Top Lawyer in Family Law by DBusiness in 2010, 2012-2013
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2009-2010, 2013-Present
  • Leading Lawyers, 2014
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Recognized as 2015 10 Best Family Law Attorney for Client Satisfaction by the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
 
 

Richard A. Roane

  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009-Present
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2012 Grand Rapids Family Law Lawyer of the Year
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2010
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-Present
  • Michael Barnes Pro-Bono Service Award, 1995
     

 

Kevin G. Dougherty

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2013-Present
 
 

Wallson G. Knack

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Listed in Who`s Who in American Law
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow, Michigan State Bar Foundation
  • Life Member, Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference
 
 

NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

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Events

Nov 2015
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November 12, 2015

The Changing Face of Today’s Family and its Impact on Family Law

The Suburban Collection Showplace Diamond Center

It didn’t happen overnight, but the idea of the typical American family doesn’t exist anymore. Gone are the days of Ward and June Cleaver and in their place is a more diverse, comple...

Apr 2014
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April 23, 2014

AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce

Bellagio

Warner attorney Richard Roane will be presenting a pre-conference workshop titled “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: New Rights, New Solutions in a Post-DOMA World.” More information on ...


NOTICE. Although we would like to hear from you, we cannot represent you until we know that doing so will not create a conflict of interest. Also, we cannot treat unsolicited information as confidential. Accordingly, please do not send us any information about any matter that may involve you until you receive a written statement from us that we represent you.

By clicking the ‘ACCEPT’ button, you agree that we may review any information you transmit to us. You recognize that our review of your information, even if you submitted it in a good faith effort to retain us, and even if you consider it confidential, does not preclude us from representing another client directly adverse to you, even in a matter where that information could and will be used against you.

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