Our areas of practice include:

  • Litigation
  • Collaborative Law
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Uncontested Family Law Matters
  • Divorce
  • Invalidating/Enforcing Prenuptial Agreements
  • Custody & Visitation
  • Change of Domicile
  • Grandparent Rights
  • Adoption
  • Guardianship and Conservatorships
  • Jurisdictional Disputes
  • Paternity and Revocation of Paternity
  • Child Support Modification
  • Uncontested Divorce
  • Contempt and Show Cause proceedings
  • Enforcement of Property Distribution
  • Family Law Appeals
  • Estate Planning for Single Parents, and Divorcing or Divorced Individuals

Austin & Koffron provides legal services in Allegan, Barry, Cass, Calhoun, Kalamazoo, Kent, St. Joseph, and Van Buren counties. We are happy to provide referrals in other parts of Michigan and other states.

Contested Matters

Reaching an out-of-court settlement requires the cooperation of both parties. Even clients who are wholly committed to reaching a negotiated resolution can find themselves in formal litigation if their spouse or former partner is too full of hatred, self-interest, or a desire for vengeance to equally participate in the settlement process.

While we are fully committed to, and maintain optimism for, a good faith resolution in all of our cases, we have no tolerance for gamesmanship. Our clients will not be taken advantage of. You deserve more than complacency or reliance on “what has always been done” when your wealth, your reputation in the community, the home environment of your children, and your chance at building a better future for yourself are being threatened with litigation.

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As an experienced litigator, Attorney Saraphoena B. Koffron has represented clients throughout Southwest Michigan in contested divorce cases involving dissolution of high asset marital estates, family owned businesses, premarital property, and inheritance issues. Attorney Koffron has successfully obtained favorable alimony awards after trial, has successfully shielded premarital property, and has saved her clients from baseless post-judgment attempts to modify parenting time, custody, and support.

In every case, our litigation strategy is built on a strong foundation of legal knowledge, a firm understanding of the long-term effects of decisions, and the ability to remain objective even in the most emotionally charged cases.  With careful decision-making, foresight, and strategic planning, Austin+Koffron will work with you to build a stable litigation plan which can withstand the complexities of your unique circumstances.

Not every family needs a courtroom to resolve disputes.  But if yours does, contact us to set up a consultation.

Uncontested Matters

When individuals are able to effectively communicate and reach an understanding of what needs to be done in order to reach their common long-term goals, the last thing anyone needs is to have that calm disrupted by the presence of an attorney. But it is sometimes difficult to find the words that accurately reflect your mutual intentions. Sometimes one or both of you wonder if you’ve covered all your bases.

For those who have already put in the hard work of analyzing and negotiating a mutually beneficial agreement with their spouse or significant other, Austin+Koffron offers fixed fee (i.e. flat fee) services on a sliding scale for a variety of uncontested family law matters. Please see below for more details.

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Fixed Fee Services

Uncontested Divorces: $1,500 – $5,000.  Filling out a “pro per” or “self represented litigant” packet can be a daunting task, especially when the agreement you reached simply doesn’t fit with the fill-in-the-blank paragraphs.
In a best case scenario, navigating the court’s procedures and waiting periods can add stress to an otherwise peaceful dissolution. In a worst case scenario, the inartfully worded judgment or court order can have an entirely different meaning than what was intended, which can be  both financially and emotionally costly to correct.Sliding scale based on:

  • whether you have already participated in mediation,
  • whether children are involved,
  • which county the action is based in, and
  • the extent and nature of the marital estate.

Consent Modification of Child Support Orders: $500 – $1,500. If you or the payer/payee of support have experienced a change in circumstances which requires a modification of child support, utilizing the Friend of the Court’s process may result in delays that you or the other party simply cannot afford.
Sliding scale based on:

  • whether services in addition to preparation of documents are necessary,
  • which county the action is based in, and
  • whether you have already participated in mediation.

Parenting Time Schedule or Custody Modification Agreements: $1,000 – $3,000. Parents are expected to cooperate and maintain flexibility when accommodating the needs of their children and the other parent.  Sometimes, though, that casual accommodation results in a vastly different parenting time arrangement than what is featured in your Judgment of Divorce or Custody Order.

If you are in such a situation, and both you and the other parent are in agreement that the “new” schedule is better for your children, you should consider formally updating your Judgment or Order.

Being able to rely on the continuation of the modified schedule, even in times of disagreement, could avoid the children being used as pawns in the future.

Sliding scale based on:

  • whether you have already participated in mediation,
  • how thorough your agreement is,
  • which county the action is based in, and
  • whether services in addition to preparation of documents are necessary.

Paternity Actions with Consent Custody Provisions:  $1,500 – $3,000.  Protecting your rights as a legal father to your child is not a concept reserved for those in acrimonious relationships.  Having a valid legal document which clearly addresses issues such as legal parentage, parenting time, domicile, and support agreements could save significant financial and personal stress in situations such as the death of the mother or a long distance relocation.

Sliding scale based on:

  • whether you have already participated in mediation,
  • how thorough your agreement is,
  • which county the action is based in, and
  • whether services in addition to preparation of documents are necessary.

For a more detailed explanation of our fixed rate policy for uncontested family law matters, contact us for a consultation.