Father’s Rights

Has a former vengeful spouse cut you out of your child’s life? Has she attempted to relocate without permission from the court, taking your child away against their own will or denying you your granted parenting time? Are you searching for a lawyer to help you establish your parental rights via the paternity legal process? 

We advocate for married or unmarried fathers in disputes related to parenting, child custody, paternity and child support. The law grants fathers the same co-parenting rights as mothers. Contact us today at (phone number) to work with one of our experienced family attornies to develop strategies that can be of benefit to you and your child. 

Contact our office if you believe that areas in family law practice like these have violated your father’s rights:

  • Couples who are unmarried with children
  • Order violations
  • Parenting and custody plans
  • Circumstantial changes
  • Visitation interferences 
  • Parental relocation 

You are promised maximum availability to one of our attornies throughout the entire legal process. If you are a single, married, or divorced father who feels that his visitation, custody and/or support rights have been unaddressed, Hertz Schram can help by thoroughly researching your case and aggressively representing your interests.

Joint Custody

Leading families to reasonable custody decisions

The vast majority of divorced parents in Michigan have joint custody plans with their former spouses. The exact details of that plan should be tailored to your unique family situation. A plan that is best for your family has few limitations. 

Here at Hertz Schram, we can help you create a plan for joint custody that makes it possible for both parents to remain involved in their child’s life. 

Many individuals believe that a joint custody plan insinuates that time with your children will be split 50-50, but joint custody doesn’t necessarily mean taht you will share time with your children equally. More often than not, especially during the school week, one of the parents will obtain primary physical custody. The other parent will be granted overnight visits in accordance with a negotiated parenting plan that you and your former spouse create. 

The courts in Michigan have guidelines for the time allotted to each parent that are age- appropriate for the child: 

  • Infant – 1 year 
  • One- Five years
  • School aged children
  • Teenagers

A different time schedule for parenting may be appropriate at every stage of a child’s life. 

Although you and your former spouse might not be granted equal time with your child, both parties will equally weigh in on major life decisions. Additionally, the parent with primary custody will require permission from the court to relocate or change schools if there is objection from the other parent. 


Attorney Gerald Cavellier: Throughout all of that your professionalism stood out, now I know why you get the acclaim you do from a variety of sources and I consider myself proud to be one your clients.

Ted A.

When my deceased father's former spouse sued me, I called attorney Jerry Cavellier, who handled my father's divorce. In what looked to be a long, difficult legal battle, Jerry quickly devised a strategy that wore down the opposition and settled the case. His legal maneuvering saved me tens of thousands of dollars!

Peter Leonard, National Best-Selling Author

Attorney Jerry Cavellier was and continues to be a great help and support throughout my divorce and years afterwards. Whenever I’ve needed to speak with him, he is available. Whenever I’ve needed advice or direction throughout the process, he would make time for me to explain and feel confident I understood to make good decisions. Above all, I felt he was truly concerned with what I was dealing with and was looking out for me in my best interest.

Jerry is a kind, empathic human being. He continues to be accessible whenever I reach out for help. Thank you Jerry.

Luis R.

Attorney Lisa Stern was compassionate and understanding in a time of great fear for me. She gave me confidence to move past fear and find my strength to finally end an abusive marriage. She was both tough and kind in the process. While my divorce wasn't the end of the craziness and my children and I still struggle to be healthy, my divorce freed me from the daily intimidation and worse... Likely saved my life. I am grateful for Lisa's strength when I didn't have much of my own.


I was fortunate to have found attorney Jerry Cavellier to represent me when I went through my divorce. He did an outstanding job representing me and advocating for my interests (both custodial and financial). He took the time to understand my case and the issues at hand. He was always very responsive to all of my inquiries. In addition to his legal expertise and negotiating skill, Jerry provided some needed compassion and perspective during that difficult anxious laden time. I would recommend Jerry to anyone going through a divorce and looking for a highly skilled and loyal advocate.


Attorney Lisa Stern successfully defended my custodial rights where two other lawyers had fallen short. She understood the nuances of my case right away, maintaining objectivity in order to prioritize my issues. Lisa has been level-headed and measured while being very sympathetic, and is highly respected amongst her peers. Lisa has managed my expectations while encouraging me with her demeanor and actions.

In the end, I got more than a great lawyer; I got a good friend who is invested in what's best for me and my child.

Peter H.

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Detroit Family Law Attorneys – Divorce & Family Law Firm Serving The Areas Of Bloomfield Hills, MI & Detroit, MI

Gerald Cavellier


"I advise my clients to take the high road by reminding all parties that if they have children together they will continue to be part of each other’s lives post-judgment."

Lisa D. Stern


"Provides her clients with clear advice, smart strategies, honest representation and a small dose of humor to help then get through an otherwise difficult time."

Howard Hertz


"I have successfully and aggressively represented creatives and their entities for more than forty years. "

Steven P. Jenkins


"Never underestimate the positive impact an attorney can have on their clients' lives."

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