I will protect your rights, your kids, and your reputation.
When the circumstances leading to your divorce cloud the truth, I'm here to uncover it.
5 Years Prosecuting Attorney

Significant trial experience to include capital, other felony, misdemeanor and both juvenile abuse/neglect and delinquency cases.

7 Years Former Judge

Leveraged the power of her judicial seat to make a difference, operating a highly successful sobriety and drug court, as well as founding a regional veteran’s treatment court in Michigan.

Michigan Divorce and Child Custody Attorney

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The decision to leave your spouse is never an easy one, especially when children, substance abuse, violence, or other extenuating circumstances are involved. 

We specialize in all areas of divorce and family law, including high conflict, collaborative, and facilitative divorce, and have successfully litigated divorce cases with minimal financial and custody issues to couples whose assets total into the multi-millions of dollars. 

Are you fighting to keep custody of your child, but something in your past is preventing you from getting the fair shake you deserve? We can help. As a qualified, national expert in substance abuse, mental health, and violence, I take significant interest in cases involving children, as they have often suffered in ways we can only image, and have an undeniable right to safety while enjoying the right to positive parenting time with both parties (as appropriate).  

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Guardian ad Litem Appointments

Many times in cases involving family conflict where the interests of the child deserve greater attention, the Court, pursuant to statute, will appoint a Guardian ad Litem or GAL. It is the job of the GAL to formulate recommendations consistent with the best interests of the child(ren) through independent investigation of the issues important to the welfare of the child(ren). These recommendations and investigations are then summarized in written reports to the Court and further requires appearance at hearings involving the family and child(ren). The GAL is often considered a quasi-judicial Officer of the Court and therefore, can request that the parties in interest and other involved parties (such as a therapist, school employees, coaches, treatment professionals, and more) submit to the questions and investigation of the GAL.  

Not just anyone can serve as a Guardian ad Litem. In order to be truly effective, this individual should be required to possess not just the legal acumen to conduct a thorough investigation but also a background in other issues as well. These include issues related to child development, attachment theory, trauma, mental health, substance abuse, sexual assault and domestic violence, coping strategies, triggers, current case law and science related to behavior and best interests, and more.  

You won't find a more diverse education and experience to serve the Court and the best interests of the minor child(ren) than Jodi Switalski.  

Jodi's educational background includes an undergraduate degree in Psychology with an emphasis on children with behavioral disorders. Her graduate work was in Family Studies, Public Policy, and Mediation (Divorce, Child Development, Attachment Theory, Trauma, and more). Then she gained a law degree which has exposed her to successfully prosecuting rape cases, child abuse cases (sexual and physical abuse), interpersonal violence, and more. Before going to law school, she worked for many years in a juvenile detention facility and juvenile justice system, she served as a victim advocate for a law enforcement unit and a prosecutors office as well. As a judge, she operated three treatment courts and founded one of them, a veterans treatment court. She was cross assigned to sit on the family court bench along with a myriad of personal protection hearings.  

Jodi is a nationally recognized expert in the field of controlled substance prescribing, mental health, substance abuse, and violence. She has been qualified as a courtroom expert in all of these fields in both criminal, civil, and administrative hearings. Her expertise includes evidence-based research, assessments, applications of current case law, and more. All of this is used to provide a thorough, unique, evidence-based perspective and recommendation for the Court and the parties when advocating for the best interests of children

Notable Victories

Charles: Custody of Daughter Returned 

Charles was in sustained long-term recovery. When I met him, he had been in the fight of his life against the prosecutor and Child Protective Services to obtain custody of his daughter, who when reunited with her father, was 3 and a half years old. It was a battle to achieve his right to parent HIS child, against a system that had already determined he wasn't fit. To help ensure Charles would not get the fair trial he deserved, they put forth dishonest, incorrect information about him. So, we fought without compromise, for the truth to be told. Combined with my knowledge, courtroom conviction and skill, we stood our ground against the adamant objections of CPS and their consultant lawyer.

And we won! Charles earned custody of his beautiful daughter back. Stigma and bureaucracy was defeated. 

The battle didn't end there, however. At the same time he was fighting for his daughter, Charles was under Federal indictment with one of the most difficult sentencing judges in the Federal system- a judge who was known for little leniency. And he was facing up to 20 years in prison. Again, using all of my skills in advocacy and knowing that justice commands treatment outcome, I set aside my own fear of the judge's reputation and went to work. I educated the judge, as quickly as I could, on addiction as a disease and on the neurological damage it causes to the thinking and decision-making areas of the brain. He listened to Charles's story of addiction as a result of prescribed drugs along with the impact of underlying mental health issues. THE JUDGE LISTENED. 

Charles was sentenced to mental health facility for treatment and then a treatment camp with a minimum sentence of less than 6 years.  

John: Child’s Disorder Revealed, No Charges Filed   

John was a businessman. He was married without children. He and his wife wanted a family. They adopted a pre-teen daughter who suffers from significant trauma – her parents both died of a drug overdose, she was sexually molested as a young child, and she was in and out of placements. After receiving significant therapeutic treatment, the child was diagnosed with reactive attachment disorder. A tough diagnosis! And eventually, she made criminal sexual assault allegations against John, her adoptive father.  

My thorough defense negated any prosecution or even the filing of a complaint by the law enforcement agencies involved. I saved the client tens of thousands of dollars, time, the emotional energy and embarrassment, the possible sanctions against their employment licenses, and more.  

You won't find another lawyer this aggressive, who really understands and can articulate the impact of substance abuse, mental health, and violence on false reporting, criminal allegations, and other behaviors.  

Erin: Victim of Abuse Safe at Last  

Erin is a mother and a victim of abuse in a long-term marriage, and limited income. She was very fearful of challenging her husband, yet alone leaving the marital home and the marriage. Her husband attempted to use his same, or similar, power and control tactics in the divorce by failing to respond, not returning calls or attempts at correspondence in order to resolve the case, and objecting to everything (even though he was not participating). Erin even conceded spousal support at the last minute (against my legal advice!) Ultimately, we achieved a divorce decree, replete with safeguards, for our anticipation that he would not comply with the spousal support lump sum payment and property settlement provisions of the judgment. We were confident that he thought she was not brave enough to enforce the judgment as well!  

He was wrong!  

Not only did we receive full payment in the amount of $15,000.00 immediately following our show cause hearing, but the client was also awarded attorney fees! Victories for victims… this is why I returned to law.

There’s No Such Thing as an Open and Shut Case

Power Imbalances in relationships extend to the courtroom. Do you feel your spouse or partner has more resources- financial or other, than you?

It’s time to balance the inequity! You need a champion who has been successful from every angle of the law. A national expert. A Warrior.

Our divorce attorney team specializes in providing advice, support, and legal strategies for:

  • Divorce
  • Custody 
  • Parenting Time (and All Issues Related to Parenting Time)
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support/Maintenance
  • Change in Domicile
  • CPS/DHS Cases (Child Protective Services) 
  • Serve as Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

We Specialize in High Conflict Cases That Include Matters Involving:

  • Addiction/Substance Use Disorder (OUD, AUD, Marijuana, etc)
  • Mental Health
  • Trauma
  • Interpersonal Violence
Get the Divorce Attorney You Need. Get Jodi on Your Side. Call (586) 493-9000 Now!
About Jodi Switalski: Top Michigan Divorce Attorney

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How I am different? I push toward righteousness and true justice even when everyone insists I will fail. I believe in the power of human kindness and mercy especially when faced or presented with the truth. Include objective support, honest articulation and uncompromised advocacy and positive outcomes result. 

I believe that together, attorney and client, we can make a difference in your case and ultimately your life. 

This is where the prosecutor, the judge, the legal scholar, and the advocate in me collide... all to benefit you, the person with legal challenges. I don’t see this as an opportunity to make money off of your misfortune. I see this as an opportunity to help right a wrong; an opportunity to create change an unbalanced system. You won't find in anyone else, this same combination of skills, education and experience.