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About Jeanne M Hannah

Jeanne M. Hannah of Traverse City, Michigan was born and raised in Michigan. She graduated from the University of Michigan with a major in English literature.  Jeanne Hannah enrolled at the Detroit College of Law in 1982, gradating Magna cum laude in 1985. She was a member of the Law Review in 1983 and 1984. She was the recipient of the AmJur Book Award for Contracts (1983) and Equitable Remedies (1984).

Ms. Hannah has been practicing law since she graduated from Detroit College of Law. She practiced in Traverse City with the law firm of Robb, Dettmer, Messing and Thompson after law school prior to opening a solo practice in 1987. Since 1994, Jeanne Hannah has concentrated on family law, including divorce, separate maintenance, child custody, support, cohabitation and parentage issues. She also represents clients in cases dealing with post-judgment modification issues, adoption issues, neglect/abuse proceedings and simple estate planning,  She also represents clients around the country whose children are victims of parental abduction, having eight successful recoveries in 2007-2010, and a successful return of two children in an international case in 2010. 

Practice Areas

Jeanne Hannah practices in Northern Michigan Family and Probate Courts. She regularly associates with family law lawyers in other states and countries in cases involving jurisdictional disputes about custody involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ["UCCJEA"]. In this manner, she is able to assist parents obtain competent representation in cases involving multi-jurisdictional disputes. Her goal is to level the playing field for the left-behind parent and to explain the jurisdictional mandates of the UCCJEA and the enforcement obligations imposed by that Act to courts in other states. Parents from around the country and parents living abroad often consult with Jeanne Hannah about their custody, parenting time and parental abduction issues. Ms. Hannah is able to associate with experienced family law attorneys around the country in order to assist clients in resolved interstate custody and parenting time issues and also parental abductions.  

Ms. Hannah represents fathers and mothers in divorce, custody, parenting time and abduction proceedings. She helps them to obtain and to exercise their rights to child custody, parenting time, equitable property distributions, and alimony/spousal support. She believes that  in order for a client to successfully navigate the often rocky terrain of a divorce,  custody and/or parental abduction case, he or she must be informed about what his or her options are and about how the court will look at the particular facts of the case. Knowledge is power, and Ms. Hannah makes an effort to help her clients understand how the specific facts of the case may impact on the court's ultimate decision. Making tough decisions as a parent is not easy, and when a family is disintegrating, those decisions become even more difficult to make. Jeanne Hannah believes that giving parents information that helps them to disengage from the emotional issues of divorce helps them to make good parenting decisions.

Drawing upon her life experiences, Jeanne Hannah’s goal as sole practitioner is to advocate for her clients through a very difficult process. "Good people get divorced," she says, "and these people deserve quality representation in a very unpleasant arena. One thing I can guarantee is that I will advocate for my clients to achieve a result that is in their best interests and is also in the best interests of their children."

Jeanne Hannah is a member of the Family Law and Elder Law Sections of the State Bar of Michigan and of theFamily Law Section of the American Bar Association. She is often a speaker at Family Law Section conferences and she also contributes on a regular basis to discussions on the State Bar of Michigan and the ABA Family Law Listserv. Ms. Hannah writes a family law blog: Updates in Michigan Law. This Blog has been named as one of America's Top 100 Family Law Blogs by Attorneys.org. She also writes a divorce blog "Ask the Family Lawyer" for the Traverse City Record Eagle. Both are updated frequently. Recently Ms. Hannah authored the chapter "Divorce Cases" for ICLE’s Basic Practice Handbook (6th ed 2008) and "Family Law Issues for Elders and Disabled Persons" for ICLE's "Advising the Older or Disabled Client." (3d ed 2008) A member of the Family Law and Elder Law and Disability Rights Sections of the State Bar of Michigan, she is often a speaker at Family Law Section conferences and contributes regularly to the section's Internet discussion group.

In addition, Ms. Hannah writes two elder care / family caregiver Blogs. Good Medical Care for the Elderly and How to Get It  and Aging in Place, an online blog for the Traverse City Record Eagle, a local newspaper.

Jeanne Hannah practices in Northern Michigan Family and Probate Courts. She regularly associates with family law lawyers in other states and countries in cases involving jurisdictional disputes about custody involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act ["UCCJEA"] and to assist in recovering children abducted by a parent or relative. Jeanne M. Hannah welcomes you to contact her regarding any family law lawyer issue, including, but not limited to parental abduction, divorce, child custody and parenting time, child and spousal support, property settlement, pre-nuptial and post-nuptial agreements, paternity, adoption, neglect, and other family law matters. You can contact Ms. Hannah by telephone, E-mail, fax, or at the address listed above.

 

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Jeanne M. Hannah, Family Lawyer
Postal address:5922 Deer Trail Drive, Traverse City, Michigan 49684 • E-mail: jeannemhannah [at] charter.net
 

Practice Areas: Divorce  Custody  Parenting Time  Child Support Post-Judgment Modifications  Paternity  Adoption  Personal Protection Orders  Spousal Support  Property Distribution  Pre-Nuptial / Post-Nuptial Agreements Estate Planning Guardianships/Conservatorships  Neglect/Abuse Cases 

This web site is designed for general information only. The information presented at this site should not be construed to be formal legal advice nor the formation of a lawyer/client relationship. Send mail to jeannemhannah [at] charter.net with questions or comments about this web site.

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