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Laurie Schmitt

Laurie Schmitt

Offering highly personalized, attentive and affordable service
  • Family Law, Divorce
  • Michigan
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I am a graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and a Michigan State Bar and U.S. Western District Court licensed attorney specializing in family law.

Since establishing my own practice in Grand Rapids, Michigan, I have represented clients with their family law-related cases including divorce, collaborative divorce, child custody, visitation, paternity, change of domicile, child support, spousal support, and post-judgment issues.

I focused my practice on family law after spending over two decades immersed in the court system as a paralegal. I assisted attorneys and their clients in navigating the difficult, and often painful process that came with changes in family structure and responsibilities.

Because I understand how difficult family law issues can be, I am committed to educating my clients on all of their options available to them and their families, as well as on the process.

I always begin each case with the intent and hope that we can settle your case without the need for delayed and expensive litigation. I am a certified civil mediator, certified domestic relations mediator, and have been certified in the practice of collaborative divorce. Collaborative divorce can provide fair and reasonable outcomes for everyone involved in the divorce, including the children, and reduce unnecessary conflict in the process.

However, I have a track record of providing aggressive representation in Michigan's family court system if a settlement cannot be reached. Regardless of the road your case takes, I will always provide you with personalized, quality, and affordable representation.

Serving the following counties: Kent, Allegan, Newaygo, Ionia, Ottawa, Montcalm, Barry

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
Additional Practice Areas
  • Mediation
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Limited Scope Representation
  • Free Consultation
    One-half hour free
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa and Mastercard
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    LIMITED SCOPE SERVICES There are times when you simply do not require the services of an attorney throughout your entire case. It may be that you need to know the relevant law regarding a specific subject matter, or simply need assistance with drafting documents. With Limited Scope Services, you are contracting for specific services, rather than hiring me to take over the entire case. And you pay for only those services you need. Limited Scope Services may include: • Evaluation and assessment of your legal situation, and providing in depth legal advice based off the current law in the State of Michigan • Provide procedural information regarding filing and serving of court documents • Review of court documents prepared by you or the opposing party/counsel • Suggest documents for you to prepare • Draft documents for you to file, including motions, hearing notices, and other documents • Counsel you to prepare for court appearances • Counsel you to prepare for Friend of the Court Evaluations • Evaluate settlement offers and options • Prepare Judgments of Divorce, child support orders, deeds, and other related documents to complete your divorce These services are offered on an hourly basis, and are paid when the legal assistance is provided. Therefore, there are no future invoices or hefty retainers to be paid up front. You simply pay as you go, and only pay for the services you really need.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Attorney, Mediator, and Collaborative Lawyer
Schmitt Law, PLLC
- Current
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
J.D. (2012)
Professional Associations
International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Current
Collaborative Divorce Professionals of West Michigan
- Current
Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
- Current
State Bar of Michigan
- Current
Grand Rapids Bar Association
- Current
Family Law Certificate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education
Basic Interdisciplinary Collaborative Training
Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
General Civil Mediator Training
The Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan
Websites & Blogs
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Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered

Q. if I have 50% legal custody is the other party allowed to refuse parenting time
A: If you have a court order that specifically defines your parenting time, the other party would be in violation of that court order if they refuse parenting time. Legal custody does not have anything to do with parenting time. Legal custody defines who can make major decisions for the child such as where they go to school, medical issues, etc. If you are not receiving your parenting time as defined in your court order, you can file a parenting time complaint with the friend of the court.
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Contact & Map
Family Law Attorney
401 Hall Street SW
Suite 112D
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: (616) 608-4634