LGBT Couples

Seasoned guidance and strong advocacy for the families of LGBT individuals

In spite of astounding advances for same sex couples rights in the recent years, there are challenges that still remain, including child custody issues. Unmarried same sex parents are not yet recognized equally by the law.  In many essential respects, we fall short in respect to untraditional families with non-biological children and this can lead to many difficulties and devastating injustices. 

Hertz Schram is educated on the challenges that arise for nontraditional families and is devoted to helping you rise above them. As dedicated advocates for LGBT rights and proficient family law practitioners, we can lead you through this grey legal territory. 

We are also aware of the lack legal protection for LGBT members in other areas of life. Many members face discrimination daily by private citizens and employers with no legal justice. We aid clients in dealing with these challenges. 

You can look to us for trusted direction on issues like:

  • Paternity and adoption
  • Custody disputes and decisions
  • Equitable parenthood
  • Child Support
  • Discrimination in the community and workplace
  • Changes to support or custody orders

Hertz Schram is devoted to progressing the law to provide equal rights for the LGBT community in Michigan. When you confide in us, you gain not just an attorney, but a trusted ally. Your desires are important to us. We will advocate for you and support you with the guidance you need during this challenging time. At our firm, attentive, respectful, and diligent legal service can be expected. We are available to discuss your concerns and questions with you when they arise. Visit our website or call our office at  (248) 609-3014  to set up a confidential consultation.


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.

Our firm was founded on the belief that our clients deserve the best possible representation in disputes, litigation and transactions.
Everyday, our attorneys strive to provide it.

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."

Cristina Crescentini



Donna Virkus


"Be real, keep things in perspective, and keep going. The best is yet to come!"

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