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Richard A. Roane

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Ric Roane, past chair of the Family Law Practice Group, has practiced family law and domestic relations litigation for 31 years. “My work involves entire families,” he says. “My goal is to find a resolution to the problems facing the family I’m serving. It’s a less contentious approach.” He specializes in divorce, non-marital domestic relationships, LGBT family issues, domestic relations mediation, arbitration and collaborative law, spousal support, child custody and support, complex business valuation distribution, pre- and post-nuptial agreements and all aspects of international family law.


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  • Whittier Law School J.D. 1986
  • University of Hawaii B.B.A. 1982


  • 1988, Michigan

Bar Associations

  • American Bar Association
    Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan
    LGBTQA Section Chair (2016-Present); Family Law Section, 2-term Council Member
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association
    Family Law Section, Past Chairperson


  • Represents executives, health care professionals, homemakers, family business owners, professional athletes, teachers and others in contested domestic relations matters
  • Experienced in handling complex asset division, including the valuation of closely held businesses, investment portfolios and real estate valuation and distribution
  • Successfully resolved international divorce, custody and child abduction/return matters
  • Skilled in alternative dispute resolution, including collaborative law, arbitration or mediation of complex property valuation and division issues and matters of custody and support
  • Counsels clients on the pitfalls of social media use and advises on electronic discovery

Honors & Awards

  • A Lawyer Helps Pro Bono Honor Roll, State Bar of Michigan, Tier 2, 2020-21
  • Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009-Present
  • Named a Top Lawyer in Family Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019-20
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2021, 2020 and 2012 Grand Rapids Family Law Mediation Lawyer of the Year
  • Family/Matrimonial Law – Michigan, Chambers High Net Worth Guide, 2021
  • 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



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Professional Affiliations

  • International Academy of Family Lawyers, 2014-Present; LGBT Committee, Lecturer at Lisbon Conference March 2017
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2000-Present
    AAML National Leadership:
    Executive Committee - Bylaws and Policies Chair (2018-19); Governance Committee Member; Chapter Leaders Co-Chair (2015-17); LGBT Committee Chair (2013, 2014, 2016-Present); Strategic Planning Committee (2017-Present), Lecturer 2013, 2015 and 2017
    AAML State Leadership:
    Michigan Chapter - Fellow, Past President (2014-15); National Board of Governors' Delegate (2011-16)
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education; Family Law Advisory Board (2009-Present); Family Law Institute Planning Committee (2012-17)
  • Family Court ForumPlanning Committee (2010-Present), frequent lecturer
  • Collaborative Divorce Professionals of Michigan (2012-17)

Community Affiliations

  • Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra
    Board of Directors (2016-Present); Bach Festival Board of Directors (2014-Present)
  • Grand Rapids Community Foundation
    Trustee (2017-Present); Scholarship Grant Committee (2012-Present); Challenge Scholars Committee (2016-Present)
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park
    Grand Garden Planning Committee (2013-15)
  • Legal Assistance Center
    Board of Directors (2008-2013)
  • Figure Skating in Harlem/Detroit; Planning Committees (2016-Present)

Speaking Engagements

  • Approaching Prenuptial Agreements Positively, Family Office Exchange Webinar, September 18, 2019
  • Prenup Workshop, Family Business Alliance, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 14, 2019
  • "Who is a Parent and who is a Child in a Same Sex Family - Legislation and Judicial Issues for LGBT Families Post-Separation from European and US Perspectives," International Academy of Family Lawyers European Chapter Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, March 24, 2017 
  • One Year After Obergefell - Impact on Michigan Families, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Annual Legal Summit, June 4, 2016
  • The Changing Face of Today's Family and its Impact on Family Law, ICLE Family Law Institute, Novi, Michigan, November 12, 2015
  • AAML Webinar: After Obergefell, November 2015
  • "No More Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is Marriage. Period!," "A Marriage Equality Update after Obergefell," Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 2015; Kansas City, Missouri, September 2015; Portland, Oregon, October 2015; Novi, Michigan, November 2015; Atlanta, Georgia, December 2015
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update" and "Family Court Motion Practice: Dos and Don'ts From Seasoned Practitioners," 13th Annual ICLE Family Law Institute, Novi, Michigan, November 13-14, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2014
  • ICLE Advanced Day-Long Property Settlement Drafting Seminar, St. John's, Michigan, October 23, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Michigan Judicial Institute Annual Referee's Conference, Lansing, Michigan, October 16, 2014
  • "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Davenport University paralegal students, September 22, 2014
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Family Court Forum, June 6, 2014
  • “Hague Convention International Child Custody Disputes: The Meaning of Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction,” AAML, May 1, 2014
  • “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: New Rights, New Solutions in a Post-DOMA World,” AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce, April 23 and 25, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Bloomfield Hills MIPA Roundtable, April 3, 2014
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement Update after US v Windsor and Subsequent State and Federal Rulings and Actions,” Michigan State Bar Family Law Section Winter Conference, February 3, 2014, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands
  • “Preparing a Client for Negotiation or Mediation in a Family Law Matter,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 15, 2013
  • “Marriage Equality Considerations After Repeal of DOMA,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 14, 2013
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Marriage Equality vs Prohibition States,” AAML National Meeting, November 9, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
  • “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Oakland County Family Court, October 24, 2013
  • “Marriage Equality after 2013 US v Windsor: Supreme Court Decision,” AAML Webinar, September 11, 2013
  • “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013, Chicago, Illinois
  • “My Impressions and Experience Attending the Oral Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court,” a gathering of LGBT professionals and allied community members, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 23, 2013
  • 11th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLE, Plymouth, Michigan, November 15-16, 2012
  • “Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” ICLE, October 23, 2012
  • “Update on Michigan Family Law Cases, Court Rules and Administrative Orders,” Michigan Judges Association, August 21, 2012

Frequently lectures for:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers – State and National Seminars
  • International Academy of Family Lawyers – International Seminars
  • Institute of Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Institute (organizing committee)
  • Michigan Family Court Forum (organizing committee)

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