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What Makes the Sarnacki Law Firm Different


David Sarnacki has earned a wide range of experience as an attorney over the last 35 years. He will bring that experience to the table to help you with your family law issues, whether you are looking for an attorney to help you file for divorce, a separation, or you need help with child support.

Honest Advice

Dealing with divorce, child custody, or child support is not easy. But honey advice from an attorney who knows that law can go a long way in making this time easier to bear. Contact the Sarnacki Law Firm today to find out how the firm’s policy of honest advice can help you.

Creative Solutions

Divorces are not one-size-fits-all. In order to provide you with the absolute best results, the Sarnacki Law Firm will take the time to understand your needs and then work with you to find a solution that you feel comfortable with.

What Is a Default Divorce?

Sometimes referred to as a default judgement, a default divorce is the result when one of the members of the marriage doesn’t participate in the divorce. A default divorce allows a spouse to file divorce paperwork and if the other spouse doesn’t respond in time, the state will grant the divorce.

If you believe that a default divorce may be the only way you will be able to get divorced, contact the Sarnacki Law Firm in Grand Rapids. Our attorney can work with you to ensure that this type of divorce is right for you, suggest an alternative option, or help you begin the process.

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How Do I Get a Default Divorce?

A default divorce can be difficult to make happen if it isn’t handled properly. When you talk to our attorney at the Sarnacki Law Firm, he will discuss the divorce with you and make sure that you can qualify for a default divorce. While a default divorce may be the easiest option for some people, it may not be the best option. When you hire the Sarnacki Law Firm, our team will gather the information needed to help you make a decision about how to move forward.

If a default divorce is the right option, the attorney will draft the proper documents. Those documents are then served to the other spouse, who will have a limited amount of time to respond. If they don’t respond, we can ensure that the court grants the default divorce.

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Benefits of a Default Divorce

  • A default divorce is the best (or maybe the only) option when one member of the marriage isn’t communicating
  • If the other spouse has left town or cannot be reached, a default judgment in your favor can make the break relatively clean.
  • Some default divorces are much less expensive than divorces that require mediation and/or time spent in a courtroom. 
  • Default divorces can be completed relatively quickly.

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Schedule a consultation with our Grand Rapids divorce attorney today. With decades of experience, an eye for details, and the dedication to providing you with unmatched service during a difficult time, Dave Sarnacki is the right lawyer to hire.

Alternatives to a Default Divorce


A separation does not end a marriage. Instead, both parties stay married though they may not live together. Some couples use a separation to see if they can reconcile their differences while others stay married but remain apart for other reasons.


During arbitration, a privately hired judge decides the terms of your divorce. You’ll have a chance to present your side of the case to the judge who will then make the final decisions. If you greatly value your privacy, this may be a better option than going to court.

Simplified Divorce

If both parties in a divorce want to move forward with a divorce quickly, they have few or no shared assets, and no children or need for spousal support, a simplified divorce (also called a summary divorce or consent divorce) may be the right option.

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Contact the Sarnacki Law Firm in Grand Rapids today to learn more about your divorce options. Our divorce attorney is ready to listen in order to help you find the best way to end your marriage.

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