Family Law

Family, Custody and Divorce representation in Okland County

We use creative approaches on issues such as divorce, parenting time, custody, alimony, and property division to extract the most from Michigan law and achieve results for you as economically as possible.

  • Alimony / Spousal Support
  • Paternity, Child Support
  • Custody & Parenting Time
  • Divorce and Separate Maintenance (a/k/a 'Legal Separation')
  • Interstate Cases, 'Move Away Cases
  • Post-Divorce Matters
  • Pre and Post-Nuptial Agreements
  • Property Division

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Frequently Asked Questions


Here are a few things I'm asked in first conversations with people that're looking for help:

  • Do you offer a free initial consultation?
  • Is my initial consultation confidential, even if I don’t retain you?
  • Does it matter who files first?
  • Does it matter if I move out? If I do, isn't that abandonment?
  • How long will it take?
  • Can my spouse’s attorney (or the other party's attorney) represent us both?
  • How much will it cost?

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Estate Planning

Oakland County Estate Planning

  • Conservatorships, Guardianships
  • Decedents' Estates
  • Financial Powers of Attorney
  • Medical Power of Attorney / Patient Advocate Designation
  • Name Changes
  • Probate / Probate Avoidance
  • Wills, Trusts

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Welcome to the Carl E Sears Law Office

Choosing the right lawyer is vital to the outcome of your case.

I am an attorney and counselor dedicated to meeting your individual needs. I will work closely with you to design tailored solutions to achieve your goals.  Learn more about me.

Read some of my most recent blog articles

  • Estate Planning

    We cover Estate Planning in the following areas:Conservatorships, GuardianshipsDecedents' EstatesFinancial Powers of AttorneyMedical Power of Attorney / Patient Advocate DesignationName ChangesProbate / Probate AvoidanceWills & Trusts

  • Avvo Answers

    I am an Avvo contributor.  Here are a few of my answers to questions asked by people who are looking for help:<a href="https://www.avvo.com/">Get my answers to legal questions at Avvo.com</a> 

  • Markle vs. Markle

    Recent Family Law Developments Case: Markle v. Markle (Unpublished) [click links for full text] Decided: August 14, 2007 Facts: Plaintiff filed his complaint for divorce and petition for temporary custody of the children in Michigan on May 28, 2003, but omitted the affidavit required by the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The Van Buren Friend of the Court mailed plaintiff forms on June 2, 2003 to rectify the omission.

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