When Wealth Preservation and Privacy Matter

No matter how complicated or simple your divorce may be, it is an emotional and difficult time for your family, including your children and extended family. The process and associated court procedures often bring with them complex issues dealing with custody, parenting time, finances, retirement, debt, taxes and business valuations. Generally speaking, a divorce is “complex” when the stakes involved are high, as in cases with custody disputes, substantial assets, cases involving self-employed business owners, family-owned businesses or unusual assets such as inheritances/gifts.

Our attorneys have experience in all areas of family law including:

  • Private Out-Of-Court Settlements

  • Confidential Collaborative Practice

  • Private Mediation

  • Child Custody/Parenting Time

  • Business Valuations

  • Cohabitation Agreements

  • Child Support

  • Spousal Support/Alimony

  • Grandparent Visitation

  • Domestic Violence

  • Division of Unusual Assets

  • Self-employment Income

  • Electronic Discovery

  • Preservation of Assets

  • Forensic Accounting

  • Retirement Benefits

  • Guardian Ad Litem

  • Pre-marital Agreements

Miller Johnson has selected highly recognized attorneys to assist you with your family law matters. U. S. News & World Report – Best Lawyers has awarded Miller Johnson first-tier rankings in Family Law in both Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo, the only firm to receive such recognition. Our attorneys are recognized as fellows in the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML), listed as The Best Lawyers in America®, designated as Super Lawyers in Michigan (an honor that is limited to only 5% of the attorneys in the State of Michigan), selected by their peers and competitors as “Leadings Lawyers” and are top-rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

While our lawyers are classically trained in litigation and have extensive experience with trial court litigation, more often than not we begin all cases seeking an amicable out-of-court settlement. Our primary goal is wealth preservation through private out-of-court proceedings. As a consequence, our attorneys are experienced in negotiating private divorce settlements and are trained in the use of private alternative dispute resolution including mediation, collaborative practice, and arbitration as a means to keep your matter private.

Our team can provide services in the pre-divorce planning stage, as well, and in drafting premarital agreements. In working with our clients and fashioning confidential settlements we apply the highest professional standards and respectful approach to resolving an emotional life changing event. Our attorneys work in close cooperation with our clients’ other professionals such as accountants, counselors or financial planners.

If you partner with Miller Johnson, you will join a team of highly qualified family law attorneys which operates similar to a small boutique law firm while having all of the large firm advantages. Miller Johnson is a full service law firm with offices located in Grand Rapids and Kalamazoo. We have significant resources at our fingertips in other areas of the law including business/corporate, employment, real estate, estate planning and tax, just to name a few.

We pride ourselves on giving our clients “Down to Earth” advice and “Down to Business” services. We would be pleased to serve your family law matter.

Below are testimonials from satisfied clients on the service and treatment they received from the attorneys and staff in the Miller Johnson Family Law Group as well as the rest of the firm.
Connie, I will be forever grateful for your help, support and expertise during this most challenging year of my life.  If one has to go through a divorce…what a gift to have someone like you representing me.  I truly had the best!
Connie was awesome, she gave me great confidence during a tough time.
I am forever grateful and would recommend MJ to anyone who is seeking legal advice in all matters. They truly care for their clients.
Mike Quinn’s representation of me in a complicated, long drawn out divorce was exemplary. He was professional, matter of fact, on time with communications and he always answered my many questions with honest answers that didn’t gloss over the facts. He was detailed in handling the many facets of asset investigation but would advise me, as necessary, when he felt spending time and dollars were not to the benefit of my case. I also dealt with others in the MJ office when we had to face an appeal, and from my experience, other staff members working on my behalf were equally capable and professional. Thank you Miller Johnson for a favorable outcome which has allowed me to finally move forward in my life.
Divorces are not pleasant, but a slow-moving divorce is even more annoying and stressful. I was involved with a slow-moving divorce before I engaged Connie Thacker and Miller Johnson. Connie got right to the core of the issues, communicated with my ex-wife’s attorney in a constructive manner to get dialogue going again, and recommended a mediator that quickly brought the matter to a close. A big thank you to Connie in getting the divorce completed quickly!
After more than a year of litigation and large fees with another attorney, I had almost given up on the idea of ever resolving my divorce case and moving on with my life. The decision to change attorneys to Connie Thacker was the wisest move I made in the divorce process. She immediately went to work on bringing my divorce case to a quick and fair end without the need for further costly additional litigation. I would highly recommend Connie and Miller Johnson to anyone seeking a highly skilled attorney who focuses on resolving a divorce as swiftly and fairly as possible.
You are undaunted, unstoppable, ridiculously well versed in your craft, creative, clever accessible, fair, measured, humorous and above all compassionate. I know without a doubt that one of the best decisions I ever made was asking you to advocate for me!
After great research and interviewing many other professionals, I was lucky to find Connie Thacker. I knew instantly upon meeting her that she would be able to represent my interests, she is sharp! I have been working with Connie for years now, and I am incredibly grateful to have this professional team helping me deal with difficult times. Connie is well versed in issues and law, well prepared and punctual, creative and thorough in her approaches, and incredibly intelligent. Connie is both patient and firm, which my case needs. When dealing with matters that are so important to you and your family, it is nice to have someone representing your best interests as Connie does. The peace of mind she brings me is a blessing. Her acute attention to detail and dedication to her clients is evident to all. She is focused, dedicated, determined and achieves the most optimal results through her meticulous attention to detail and expertise in family law. She navigates my high conflict case with ease and confidence. The peace that this brings me is priceless. She is always incredibly responsive answering all my questions in a timely fashion, and this is very important since we are dealing with issue that mean so much to me. I appreciate Ms. Thacker’s professionalism and assertive approach in dealing with my case. I am truly appreciative and thankful for all of Connie’s support over the years. The comfort she brings to me is very helpful, because I know she will always get the job done. As you can see, I really can’t say enough about Connie. Connie Thacker is the BEST lawyer! She is truly one of a kind. I am very lucky to have her on my team.
Melissa Neckers counseled and represented me with integrity and respect through difficult circumstances. She heard and understood my objectives, while protecting my long-term investments.

Her professional experience and thorough knowledge of the process to be carried out, was a reassurance to me that our problem would be met with honesty, fairness, and the best possible resolution.

All time-sensitive and confidential files were handled meticulously, while at the same time, she personally came to know and understand what help I needed to rebuild. I will continue to refer others to Ms. Neckers for their need of representation.

She is an outstanding lawyer and person.
Mr. Quinn and his team recently helped me with a Family Law case and I would highly recommend him if you need an attorney in the future. While I was certainly pleased with the outcome, Mr. Quinn and his team made a very difficult situation a little more manageable because they took the time to listen and prepare a solid case. Mr. Quinn was very aware of what I wanted to achieve in my legal case and thus he provided a very effective plan without going overboard on any unnecessary and costly tasks.
Excellent legal advice can be expensive but I believe it was a small price to pay in the long run based on the value Mr. Quinn and his team provided.
I was introduced to Miller Johnson through a good friend who was helped during her divorce. I never imagined myself in this position, but here I was and I knew I was in for the fight of my life. I was in the process of changing attorneys when I spoke with Connie Thacker on the phone. She was sharp and intelligent.

As my case progressed, and unfortunately became the business of the IRS, she quickly enlisted a tax specialist at Miller Johnson who not only went to bat for me, but ensured that I was protected. I not only felt like a client, but I truly believe this firm cares about the outcome and future for their clients. I wasn’t just a number. The empathy given to me was just as important going through this time when emotions are raw. When I was at my lowest, I was listened to. When I had no idea where to turn and which direction I was going, I was lead. Honestly, if I did not have this representation I would have been buried. It actually gave me the ability to sleep at night.

During the worst time of my life, the team at MJ held me up and empowered me to take the necessary steps to gain resolution and take back my life.
The Miller Johnson Family Law Group was vital to the successful resolution of my divorce. Not only did Connie Thacker and Mike Quinn navigate incredibly complex property matters, but they were deeply understanding and supportive through the process.
Because Miller Johnson is a full-service firm, they were also able to assist quickly on peripheral tax/estate planning matters that were all impacted by my divorce. I often hear stories of attorneys who “don’t return calls” or who feel their attorney is insensitive to the deeply emotional nature of the matter. Connie was excellent and incredibly supportive throughout my case.
In the emotion-laden and volatile area of Family Law, Connie Thacker is an attorney who remains steadfast offering exceptional guidance and advice through all the ups and downs of a divorce. Connie leads from the front and is proactive rather than reactive, is meticulous in her work, and her knowledge base of Michigan Family Law is thorough and unparalleled. Connie is accessible, responsive, and determined to obtain the best possible outcome for her clients. As a former client, I would highly recommend Connie to whomever may be in need of a top-notch Family Law attorney.