Over 30 Years Experience Focused In Divorce & Family Law
Attorney Michael A. Robbins

Michael A. Robbins

Practice Areas

  • Divorce
  • High-Asset Divorce
  • Comprehensive Divorce Representation
  • Divorce Involving Professionals & Business Owners
  • Complex Property Division
  • Property Division In Divorce
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Custody
  • Parenting Time
  • Change Of Domicile/Relocation
  • Child Support
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Elder Law & Divorce
  • Grandparents' Rights
  • Modifications
  • Paternity
  • Domestic Violence
  • Same-Sex Family Law Issues


Michael A. Robbins has been practicing law in the State of Michigan since 1982. His practice concentrates exclusively in the area of Family Law. Family law includes such areas as divorce; high asset divorce; complex property division; child custody; parenting time; spousal and child support; division of retirement benefits; tax consequences of divorce; mediation and arbitration; annulments; paternity; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; change of domicile; grandparent's rights; domestic violence; and post-judgment proceedings.

Michael A. Robbins is past chairperson of the Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan, past president of the Michigan Interprofessional Association and past president of the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Mr. Robbins is currently a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and the International Academy of Family Lawyers. Mr. Robbins has not only been named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in family law, but was also showcased in Newsweek as one of the Eight Leaders in Family Law in the United States. He has also been named one of the top 100 lawyers in Michigan by the New York Times and Super Lawyers. He is a frequent lecturer on the subject of "Family Law" in Michigan. He has appeared as a guest on such television programs as "Good Morning America", "The Today Show" and "CBS Good Morning". He has taught Family Law and has authored numerous articles in the area of Family Law. Based upon Mr. Robbins' extensive experience in the area of Family Law, he often assists the courts as a mediator and arbitrator in the resolving Family Law disputes.

Mr. Robbins has a unique philosophy in handling Family Law matters. He believes that every client deserves individual attention and the best representation possible. Based upon this philosophy, he has developed a successful Family Law practice. He also recognizes the emotional trauma and pain individuals suffer when going through a divorce. As a result, he offers his clients the time and the experience necessary to guide them through one of the most difficult experiences in their life. In every case, Mr. Robbins, first attempts to bring about a quick, civilized, fair and inexpensive resolution. However, if that cannot be accomplished, Mr. Robbins offers aggressive professional representation. Mr. Robbins has developed a reputation not only as an expert in the area of Family Law, but also in attending to the individual needs of his clients.

Media Appearances:

Kelly & Company

Closer Look

Both Sides Now

Due Process

Trial Watch

Detroit News

Detroit Free Press

Daily Tribune

Oakland Press

Michigan Lawyers Weekly; Guest Family Expert for WXYT Radio "Ask the Family Lawyer"

Guest Family Expert for WJR Radio "Mitch Albom Show"

Good Morning America

The Today Show

"CBS" Good Morning Show

Wall Street Journal

USA Today

New York Times

National Law Journal


  • Wayne State University Law School, Detroit, Michigan
    • J.D. - 1981
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
    • B.A. - 1977
    • Honors: Graduated with High Distinction
    • Major: General Studies

Bar Admission

  • Michigan, 1982
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Michigan, 1982
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Published Works

  • Divorce in Michigan, 1986
  • Joint Custody, 1989
  • Joint Custody, 1996
  • Visitation/Parenting Time An Overview, 1989
  • The Child Custody Questionnaire, 1989
  • Outline to Domestic Relations Orders, 1989
  • Outline to Domestic Relations Orders, 1994
  • Third Party Rights Regarding Custody, Visitation and Support, 1991
  • The Power of the Press, 1994
  • We are What we are Perceived to be, 1995
  • A Step Back in Time, 1995
  • The Side Effects of Divorce, 1995
  • The Side Effects of Divorce, 2001
  • A Family Court for Michigan, 1995
  • Preparing Your Clients for the Custody Battle, 1995
  • New Third Party Custody Bill, 1995
  • How to Prepare and Try a Family Law Case, 1999
  • Divorce Reform Ideas in the New Millennium, 1999
  • Disputes in Arbitration Orders and Agreements, 2000
  • Coping With the Tragedy of September 11, 2001, 2001
  • Tips for Divorcing Parents, 2002
  • Michigan Family Law - Marriage and Annulment, 2003
  • The Debate Over Same Sex Marriages, 2004
  • What is a Parent?, 1995
  • Antenuptial Agreements - Enforceable or Unenforceable?, 2000

Representative Cases

  • Atkinson v. Atkinson, 1986, Michigan Court of Appeals and Supreme Court


  • Named to Best Lawyers in America in Family Law
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by New York Times
  • Named Top 100 Lawyers in Michigan by Super Lawyers
  • Named to Super Lawyers in Family Law
  • Fellow in The International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Past President Michigan Chapter Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Past President Family Law Section State Bar of Michigan
  • Past President Michigan Interprofessional Association

Classes & Seminars

  • Faculty Member, Instructor in Family Law, Oakland University, Rochester, Michigan
  • Guest Lecturer, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
  • Michigan Inter-Professional Association
  • Parents Without Partners
  • Grandparents Rights Organization
  • Father's For Equal Rights
  • Southfield County People's Law School
  • Macomb County People's Law School
  • Guest Lecturer, State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section
  • Southfield Bar Association
  • Family Law Section Seminar
  • Rochester Bar Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Michigan Trial Lawyers Association
  • Guest Lecturer, Institute of Continuing Legal Education
  • Michigan Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers

Past Positions

  • Victor and Robbins, Partner, 1986 to 2000
  • Law Firm of McKenzie & Robbins, Associate
  • Law Firm of Carson, Fischer & Potts, Associate
  • Honorable Hilda R. Gage, Law Clerk, 1978 to 1981

Professional Associations

  • State Bar of Michigan, Admitted June 4, 1982, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Council Member, Family Law Section, 1986 to 1993
  • State Bar of Michigan, Recording Secretary, Family Law Section, 1989 to 1990
  • State Bar of Michigan, Continuing Legal Education, Family Law Section
  • State Bar of Michigan, Chairperson, Family Law Section, 1990 to 1993
  • State Bar of Michigan, Corresponding Secretary, Family Law Section, 1991 to 1992
  • State Bar of Michigan, Treasurer, Family Law Section, 1992 to 1993
  • State Bar of Michigan, Chair-Elect, Family Law Section, 1993 to 1994
  • State Bar of Michigan, Chairperson, Family Law Section, 1994 to 1995
  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, (President of the Michigan Chapter 2008-2009), 1994
  • International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2019 to Present
  • Michigan Interprofessional Association, Board Member, 1994
  • Michigan Interprofessional Association, Vice President, 1998 to 1999
  • Michigan Interprofessional Association, President, 1999 to 2002
  • Michigan State Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2001
  • State Bar of Michigan, Representative Assembly, 1988 to 1991
  • State Bar of Michigan, Young Lawyers Section
  • American Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Southfield Bar Association, Board of Directors, 1984 to 1990
  • B'Nai B'rith Barristers