Family Law
Kalamazoo - Family Law



Family Law Attorney:

Michael A. Hettinger





Battle Creek


Three Rivers












There are five major categories of benefits paid for through your Social Security taxes: retirement, disability, family benefits, survivors and Medicare.

Benefits are payable at full retirement age (with reduced benefits available as early as age 62) for anyone with enough Social Security credits. The full retirement age is 65 for persons born before 1938. The age gradually rises until it reaches 67 for persons born in 1960 or later.

Benefits can be paid to people at any age who have enough Social Security credits and who have a severe physical or mental impairment that is expected to prevent them from doing "substantial" work for a year or more or who have a condition that is expected to result in death. Generally, earnings of $780 or more per month are considered substantial.

Family Benefits
If you are eligible for retirement or disability benefits, other members of your family might receive benefits, too. These include: your spouse if he or she is at least 62 years old or under 62 but caring for a child under age 16; and your children if they are unmarried and under age 18, under 19 but still in school or 18 or older but disabled. If you are divorced, your ex-spouse could be eligible for benefits on your record

When you die, certain members of your family may be eligible for benefits if you earned enough Social Security credits while you were working. The family members include: a widow(er) age 60 or older, 50 or older if disabled or any age if caring for a child under age 16; your children if they are unmarried and under age 18, under 19 but still in school or 18 or older but disabled; and your parents if you were their primary means of support. A special one-time payment of $255 may be made to your spouse or minor children when you die. If you are divorced, your ex-spouse could be eligible for a widow(er)'s benefit on your record.

There are two parts to Medicare: hospital insurance (sometimes called Part A) and medical insurance (sometimes called Part B). Generally, people who are over age 65 and getting Social Security automatically qualify for Medicare. So do people who have been getting disability benefits for two years. Others must file an application. Part A is paid for by a portion of the Social Security tax of people still working. It helps pay for inpatient hospital care, skilled nursing care and other services. Part B is paid for by monthly premiums of those who are enrolled and from general revenues. It helps pay for such items as doctors' fees, outpatient hospital visits and other medical services and supplies.

The personal injury lawyers at Hettinger & Hettinger, P.C. understand your injuries better than the vast majority of attorneys. Michael Hettinger is a Registered Nurse and a Registered Respiratory Therapist. He is available seven days a week to discuss medical records and medical issues with any of our injury and disability attorneys. Our personal injury attorneys are devoted to helping you recover fully from your loss. Of course, this means continuously fighting for you to recover the maximum amount of damages available under the law. But it's not just about money. We know the personal side of your loss. Whether it means referring you to the best medical experts available to handle your health problems, or structuring your damage settlements to ensure the financial viability of you and your family, we stay personally involved with every client from the moment of first contact until the case is settled, fighting for you every step of the way.

The personal injury attorneys at Hettinger & Hettinger, P.C. are proud to leave no stone unturned in order to present a successful winning presentation of our clients personal injury claims. We have the financial resources to take on any defendant. Our special approach to handling cases enables our attorneys to monitor, update and deal with every issue to win for our clients. All of our personal injury attorneys are highly experienced and passionate about being a personal injury lawyer.

We are proud of our firm's leadership in pursuing personal injury claims. Remember, when a serious personal injury happens, the effects can be devastating and long-lasting. It is therefore of vital importance to obtain the best legal advice possible. Don't settle for less than you deserve.



If you have any questions, feel free to contact:

Michael A. Hettinger

Allison Greenlee Korr

Kalamazoo: 324-2000  Battle Creek: 968-5000
Three Rivers: 273-7800  Sturgis: 659-6161
Coldwater: (517)278-6800  Dowagiac: 782-2500
Fax: 344-3601  Statewide: 800-294-5055

When determining custody disputes, courts consider twelve factors. No one factor is deciding, and all are taken into account and balanced when determining the custody outcome. Custody can be decided in a number of ways, including joint physical and joint legal custody, sole physical and legal custody, or a combination of the two such as joint legal but sole physical custody.

The issues taken into account, and explicitly detailed in statutory law, are:

  1. The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between each parent and the child(ren).
  2. The capacity and disposition of each parent to vive the child (ren) love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child (ren) in the parent's religion or creed, if any.
  3. The capacity and disposition of each parent to provide the child(ren) with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care and other material needs.
  4. The length of time the child(ren) has (have) lived in a stable, satisfactory environment and the desirability of maintaining continuity by having the child(ren) remain with that parent.
  5. Whether the existing or proposed custodial home or homes will allow the child(ren) to continue and/or develop ties with each parent's family members and close friend.
  6. Moral fitness of each parent.
  7. Each parent's mental and physical health.
  8. The home, school, and community record of the child(ren).
  9. The reasonable preference of the child(ren), if the court considers the child(ren) to be of sufficient age to express preference.
  10. Each parent's willingness and ability to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child(ren) relationship between the child(ren) and the other parent or the child(ren) and the parents.
  11. Domestic violence, if any, regardless of whether violence was directed against or witnessed by the child(ren).
  12. Any other information that has not been discussed but the court might consider relevant to a particular child in this custody dispute.