• ESTABLISHED CUSTODY IN 20 JURISDICTIONS 

  • TOP 5 LAW FIRMS CITY PULSE

  • NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS TOP 40 UNDER 40

 

BARNET G. LEVINE

Family Law

Family Law

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RECENT RESULTS

  • NATIONAL TRIAL LAWYERS TOP 40 UNDER 40

  • AVVO 2019 CLIENT AWARD

CHILD SUPPORT CHANGED

OAKLAND COUNTY 

 Defaulted child support paying father was accused of gambling over a million dollars at a casino: He was pretty much asked to do dress rehearsal for jail time; but a good exchange with a FOC referee later, and the client was spared from booking: he walked out of court via the same door he walked in...   

VISITATION (PARENTING TIME) MODIFIED

MACOMB COUNTY 

Emergency action filed to implement a protective protocol that spared a young child from being exposed to those who threatened to harm him was granted, despite decades of experienced attorneys and even the court's  own clerk suggesting that "it wouldn't happen." It did.   

DIVORCE (100 % BUSINESS EQUITY RETAINED)

INGHAM COUNTY

Client's businesses were spared from division when a well thought out negotiating offer was accepted by adverse party's counsel.  The client's hard work was protected from standard and usually unchallenged distribution practices (i.e., the rebuttable presumption that equitable distribution must be "equal") when important information surfaced about my client being coerced.

DIVORCE (100 %  MARITAL HOME EQUITY RETAINED)

EATON COUNTY

Cutting close to what the parties actually wanted (maneuvering more than the general approach) allowed the parties to negotiate an outcome that didn't require either party to concede what they were materially invested in.  Client kept 100% of the  equity in the marital home as a result. 

CHILD CUSTODY (LEGAL AND PHYSICAL) CHANGED; VISITATION MODIFIED

OGEMAW COUNTY

After an eventful exchange with a prosecutor who excitedly threatened legal action for talking to "his [Title 4] client" (he referred to a child support petitioner --that ironically couldn't be within the statutory meaning of people who are NOT considered direct clients of a prosecutor more if it tried- as "his client").  The effect of this was that it put up a fence around the petitioner (with evidence, which could have easily prompted a separate investigation) rendering her inaccessible. Notwithstanding that distraction, we proceeded to successfully change legal and physical custody while turning my client into the child support recipient in that same jurisdiction. The APA's office in another county was also involved in helpfully pulling up a statute that literally disclaimed APA's direct client relationships with child support petitioners (2 for 1: the client prevailed and hopefully this clarification will help spare other lawyers from similar distractions).

LAST MINUTE; NO PROBLEM

LIVINGSTON COUNTY

Hired the night before a custody evidentiary hearing, and despite having several scheduling conflicts, I flew in the FOC's door during a hearing and offered a resolution that was sustained within seconds of arriving (the referee supported the balance of unresolved issues in my client's favor), and we signed a stipulation to that effect. 

CHILD CUSTODY (PHYSICAL) CHANGED; VISITATION MODIFIED

IONIA COUNTY

In an an attempt to rationalize his aggression, a step parent tried to reconstruct threats to harm a child as deserved or justified... He seemed "in control" until it was exposed: Narratives didn't carry any weight: Physical custody of that child was changed that day. 

EMERGENCY ACTION CHILD CUSTODY (PHYSICAL) CHANGED; VISITATION MODIFIED

LEENAWEE COUNTY

After threatening to beat his wife's teenage child with a hammer ("step dad" channeled his insecurity over his wife having a child 

with someone else into aggression against the child and his dad...), emergency actions initially, and work leading up to evidentiary hearings eventually, Faithfully helped expose then change the child's custody.   

"HIS ABILITY TO ARGUE ​IS IMPRESSIVE.  HR POINTED OUT A NUMBER OF THINGS..."

 5 STAR REVIEWS 

"HE CAME IN ON MY CUSTODY CASE, AND HIS SPEED IN ARGUING WAS PRETTY AMAZING."  

 5 STAR REVIEWS 

"UNCONVENTIONAL, BOLD, HONEST, CREATIVE AND UNIQUELY TALENTED... THERE ISN'T A LAWYER OUT THERE WHO CAN ARGUE BETTER."

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  • TOP 5 LAW FIRMS CITY PULSE

  • FORMER DEPUTY CITY ATTORNEY

 

  • CHANGED OR ESTABLISHED CUSTODY IN 13 JURISDICTIONS 

Address

2695 Blue Haven Court

East Lansing, Michigan

48823

Email

atto​rneybarnetlevine@gmail.com

Phone

(702) 449-1289

 

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