Grand Rapids Family Law Attorneys Serving West Michigan

At Plachta, Murphy & Associates, family is important to us, and we know it's important to our clients, too. We are a cross-disciplinary group of Grand Rapids attorneys and professionals, experienced in family law, who work closely with our Estate Planning, Business, Tax, and Litigation client service teams to ensure that all aspects of our clients' family law matters are addressed. We work together to create a plan and a budget to ensure that all parties understand the expectations and complications associated with family law matters.


Paternity is the legal acknowledgment of a parental relationship between a father and his child. If a couple is not married and have a child, then paternity for that child must be established. Scientific evidence, such as blood and DNA tests, is used to establish or deny parentage of a child in paternity suits. Our Family Law team has more than 25 years of experience in determining paternity and can assist you in your suit.

Name Changes

Adults and children may wish to legally change their names for a variety of reasons, of which divorce and adoption are among the most common. Changing a name can be an empowering new beginning, but it can also require jumping through a number of legal hoops. At Plachta, Murphy & Associates, we work to cut through the red tape so that you can successfully change your name and move forward with your life.

Domestic Violence

Few things are more frightening or stressful than when an intimate relationship becomes violent. Domestic violence encompasses more than just physical harm; it also involves intimidating and isolating victims. The Family Law team of Plachta, Murphy & Associates understands the law behind helping victims get protection from abusers, as well as the complicated emotions that accompany domestic violence. We are committed to helping you get all the support you need, and to advocate for you especially when you are having a hard time advocating for yourself.

Senior Citizen Abuse

If you suspect an elderly loved one is being abused by a family member or other caretaker, or if you yourself are being abused, Plachta, Murphy & Associates can help. We can guide you through the legal process of stopping abuse and preventing future abuse, and can connect you with the resources to help you or your loved one heal and feel safe.

Dedicated, Comprehensive Family Law Advocacy for West Michigan Families

Plachta, Murphy & Associates understands that whatever your family law matter, much more than legal principles are involved. We take a holistic approach to your family law needs, with a social worker/family advocate on staff who can make sure you have the emotional and social support you and your family need, while our attorneys are helping to resolve your legal concerns.

We invite you to contact Plachta, Murphy & Associates to schedule a free initial consultation with a member of our Family Law Solutions team. We look forward to answering your questions about your Michigan family law matter.

Family Law Solutions Team: Miles J. Murphy III, Bryan D. Reeder, Vicki A. Poleni, MSW

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