Denise Goodwin Alter

“Divorce without drama” is more than just a catchy phrase… it really does describe my approach to family law. If you are searching for a lawyer to handle your family law issue, you are likely going through one of the most difficult periods of your life and the stakes are high – your family, your children, your property. You are worried about a million things and either you have told no one and are facing this alone or you are getting conflicting advice that is only adding to your anxiety.

My job as I see it is to reduce your anxiety by allowing you to feel like you don’t need to have all the answers. (In truth, most people don’t even have all the questions.) Although every divorce, every child custody case, every parenting time issue or support issue is unique, they all share some characteristics and there is a process to each that I have navigated before. I cannot promise an outcome, but I do promise that I will proceed in a manner that is intended to dial down the drama and promote a healthy forever after



Both full and limited scope representation.


I am a certified mediator and can work with both represented and unrepresented parties to reach a resolution to their issue(s).


For situations that call for guidance and/or legal expertise but not necessarily representation.

Areas of Expertise & Experience

  1. Divorce
  2.     Child custody and support
  3.     Property division
  4.     Spousal support
  5. Child Custody/Parenting Time Modifications
  6. Support Modifications
  7. Legal Separation
  8. Change of Domicile
  9. Personal Protection Orders
  10. Prenuptial Agreements
  11. Post-nuptial Agreements
  12. Paternity

About Me

I have been licensed to practice law since 1994. I am a divorced mother of two wonderful adult children who were not adults in 1994, so I chose to be in private practice where I could manage/juggle my schedule as I thought best.

-1994 Juris Doctor, Detroit College of Law, graduated cum laude
-1981 Bachelor of Arts, University of Michigan

About My Clients

They are both men and women. The legal system is designed to be gender neutral but the reality is that men and women typically face different challenges in their journey. I have no gender preference. I am equally eager to assist both men and women so long as they are seeking to pursue a course of action marked by civility and fairness. Above all else, if children are involved, my client’s priority is doing what is best for the children.

What to Look for

It is critical to select the right family law attorney for you. You want a lawyer that is knowledgeable, experienced and practices with integrity. You also want a lawyer that is accessible – not just geographically, but personally available to talk to when the need arises. Mostly, you want a lawyer that hears you. It is not enough for your lawyer to listen to you; your lawyer needs to really hear you, so that he/she can advocate for what is important to YOU.

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All initial consultations are for the purpose of exchanging information and determining next steps.
They are free of charge and the best way to determine if we are going to be “a good fit.” 

Contact Information

30150 Telegraph Rd, Ste 444
Bingham Farms, MI 48025