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Wendy S. Alton

Wendy S. Alton

Experienced and Compassionate Family Law Attorney
  • Divorce, Family Law, Arbitration & Mediation
  • Michigan
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Summary

Experienced and compassionate attorney empowering clients to creatively resolve family conflict.

Dedicated to empowering clients to make the best decisions they can as they navigate through the emotional, financial, and legal aspects of a divorce. I am a trial attorney, certified collaborative divorce attorney, and certified mediator in Ann Arbor, Michigan. I focus solely in family law, and assist my clients with traditional litigation, negotiated settlements, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce.

I help families with their issues in areas of divorce, custody, parenting time, child support, spousal support, and property division, along with post-judgment issues that arise in those areas. I do this through different processes for divorce such as traditional litigation, negotiated settlements, mediation, arbitration, and collaborative divorce. I also assist with prenuptial agreements, or agreements regarding property prior to getting married.

I am very passionate about my clients and what I do, and I am dedicated to educating my clients about issues that involve the family. I post regularly on my Michigan Family Law blog and AVVO. I have been a guest columnist in local newspapers, including the Northville Record. I have been interviewed on family law issues by ABC News and print media, including the Detroit News.

In 2009 I was certified as a Divorce and Custody Mediator after rigorous training at the Mediation Training and Consultation Institute. I was certified as a Collaborative Divorce Attorney after completion of the Collaborative Divorce Basic Training in 2020. I attended Advanced Mediation and Collaborative Training in 2012 and 2020, and completed my Domestic Violence Screening Protocol Training in 2009.

I have been named to the Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Stars," demonstrating a high degree of professional achievement and peer recognition. Each year, no more than 2.5% of the lawyers in Michigan receive this prestigious designation.

Practice Areas
    Divorce
    Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
    Family Law
    Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
Fees
  • Free Consultation
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Michigan
State Bar of Michigan
ID Number: P65132
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Professional Experience
Attorney/Owner
Wendy Alton Family Law & Mediation PLC
- Current
Attorney
Pear Sperling Eggan & Daniels, P.C.
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Attorney
Fausone Bohn, LLP
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Assistant City Attorney / Prosecutor
City of Westland
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Attorney/Owner
Alton Law Firm PLC
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Attorney
Foster, Meadows & Ballard, P.C.
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Law Clerk
Fildew Hinks P.L.L.C.
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Education
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. (2002) | Law
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University of Michigan - Dearborn
B.A. (1998) | English, History, Physics
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Awards
Rising Star
Michigan Super Lawyers
Rising Star
Michigan Super Lawyers
Professional Associations
Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
Member
- Current
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Women Lawyers Association of Michigan (WLAM Washtenaw Region)
Member
- Current
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International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Member
- Current
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Washtenaw County Bar Association
Member
- Current
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Livonia Bar Association
Member
- Current
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State Bar of Michigan  # P65132
Member
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
"Michigan May Repeal Old Law Against Unmarried Living Together" (quoted in the article)
ABC News
Monday Profile (featured)
Legalnews.com
What Area Women Want (quoted in the article)
Hometown News
Reading your spouse's e-mails could be a crime
Novi News, Community Life
Why Valentine's Day Surveilliance may not be a Good Idea (quoted in the article)
Security Management Magazine
"Ask Alton: Family Law Q&A," Northville Patch, Weekly Column
Northville Patch, Weekly Column
Circuit Court Establishes Parenting Time Guidelines
"Legally Speaking," Northville Record, Column
Divorce judge orders exchange of facebook passwords
The Northville Record
Court of Appeals: Judges cannot impose their own morality
"For the Record," Northville Record, Column
What the Dodgers can teach us about Divorce
"For the Record," Northville Record, Column
Speaking Engagements
Ask a Lawyer, Law Day - Livonia Bar Association, Livonia, Michigan
Livonia Bar Association
Motivation, Opportunity & Mentorship: Lessons from "Meeting of Minds", Meeting of Minds - University of Michigan-Dearborn, Dearborn, Michigan
Meeting of Minds - University of Michigan-Dearborn
Special Needs Estate Planning, January Meeting 2013 - Down Syndrome Support Team, Saline, Michigan
Down Syndrome Support Team
Ask a Lawyer, Law Day - Livonia Bar Association, Livonia, Michigan
Livonia Bar Association
Special Needs Estate Planning, April Meeting 2015 - Down Syndrome Support Team, Saline, Michigan
Down Syndrome Support Team
Alumni Commencement Address: Mentorship, University of Michigan-Dearborn Commencement - College of Arts, Sciences & Letters, Dearborn, Michigan
University of Michigan-Dearborn
Developmental Disability Guardianships, March Meeting 2020 - Down Syndrome Support Team, Saline, Michigan
Down Syndrome Support Team
Certifications
Collaborative Divorce Practice
Collaborative Practice Institute of Michigan
Divorce Mediation
Mediation Training and Consultation Institute
Contact & Map
Wendy Alton Family Law & Mediation PLC
455 E. Eisenhower Pkwy, Ste 300
Ann Arbor, MI 48108
Telephone: (734) 673-3567
Monday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Tuesday: 8 AM - 6 PM
Wednesday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Thursday: 8 AM - 6 PM (Today)
Friday: 8 AM - 4 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
Notice: *Available for Zoom meetings