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Richard A. Roane

Contact Information

Grand Rapids

Telephone: +1.616.752.2367

Fax: +1.616.222.2367

Practice State



Traditional Client Representation and Litigation

Legal Organizations

American Bar Association, Family Law Section. State Bar of Michigan, LGBTQA Section Chair (2016-Present); Family Law Section, 2-term Council Member. Grand Rapids Bar Association, Family Law Section, Past Chairperson


Best Lawyers in America, Family Law, 2009-Present. Named a Top Lawyer in Family Law, Grand Rapids Magazine, 2019. Named the Best Lawyers' 2020 and 2012 Grand Rapids Family Lawyer of the Year. AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell. Named as one of the Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyers 2010. Named to Michigan Super Lawyers 2007-Present. Michael Barnes Pro-Bono Service Award, 1995

CLE Presentations

Approaching Prenuptial Agreements Positively, Family Office Exchange Webinar, September 18, 2019. Prenup Workshop, Family Business Alliance, Grand Rapids, Michigan, February 14, 2019. "Who is a Parent and who is a Child in a Same Sex Family - Legislation and Judicial Issues for LGBT Families Post-Separation from European and US Perspectives," International Academy of Family Lawyers European Chapter Meeting, Lisbon, Portugal, March 24, 2017. One Year After Obergefell - Impact on Michigan Families, State Bar of Michigan Young Lawyers Section Annual Legal Summit, June 4, 2016. The Changing Face of Today's Family and its Impact on Family Law, ICLE Family Law Institute, Novi, Michigan, November 12, 2015. AAML Webinar: After Obergefell, November 2015. "No More Same Sex Marriage - Marriage is Marriage. Period!," "A Marriage Equality Update after Obergefell," Grand Rapids, Michigan, July 2015; Kansas City, Missouri, September 2015; Portland, Oregon, October 2015; Novi, Michigan, November 2015; Atlanta, Georgia, December 2015. "Marriage Equality Legal Update" and "Family Court Motion Practice: Dos and Don'ts From Seasoned Practitioners," 13th Annual ICLE Family Law Institute, Novi, Michigan, November 13-14, 2014. "Marriage Equality Legal Update," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Annual Meeting, Chicago, Illinois, November 5, 2014. ICLE Advanced Day-Long Property Settlement Drafting Seminar, St. John's, Michigan, October 23, 2014. "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Michigan Judicial Institute Annual Referee's Conference, Lansing, Michigan, October 16, 2014. "Marriage Equality Legal Update," Davenport University paralegal students, September 22, 2014. “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Family Court Forum, June 6, 2014. “Hague Convention International Child Custody Disputes: The Meaning of Continuing Exclusive Jurisdiction,” AAML, May 1, 2014. “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do: New Rights, New Solutions in a Post-DOMA World,” AICPA/AAML Conference on Divorce, April 23 and 25, 2014, Las Vegas, Nevada. “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Bloomfield Hills MIPA Roundtable, April 3, 2014. “The Marriage Equality Movement Update after US v Windsor and Subsequent State and Federal Rulings and Actions,” Michigan State Bar Family Law Section Winter Conference, February 3, 2014, Peter Island, British Virgin Islands. “Preparing a Client for Negotiation or Mediation in a Family Law Matter,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 15, 2013. “Marriage Equality Considerations After Repeal of DOMA,” ICLE Family Law Institute, November 14, 2013. “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Marriage Equality vs Prohibition States,” AAML National Meeting, November 9, 2013, Chicago, Illinois. “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Oakland County Family Court, October 24, 2013. “Marriage Equality after 2013 US v Windsor: Supreme Court Decision,” AAML Webinar, September 11, 2013. “Prenuptial Agreements: The Elephant in the Room,” Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises 2013 Annual Conference, April 26, 2013, Chicago, Illinois. “My Impressions and Experience Attending the Oral Arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court,” a gathering of LGBT professionals and allied community members, Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Grand Rapids, Michigan, March 23, 2013. 11th Annual Family Law Institute, ICLE, Plymouth, Michigan, November 15-16, 2012. “Negotiating and Drafting Property Settlement Agreements,” ICLE, October 23, 2012. “Update on Michigan Family Law Cases, Court Rules and Administrative Orders,” Michigan Judges Association, August 21, 2012


"Getting engaged this Valentine's Day? Don't forget the prenup," Grand Rapids Business Journal, 2/8/2019. No More “Same-Sex Marriage” Marriage Is Marriage, Period The legal and practical implications of same-sex relationships, Family Advocate (American Bar Association), Spring 2016. No More Same-Sex Marriage - Marriage is Marriage, Period., 10/1/2015. U.S. Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Argument, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Summer 2015. Navigating custody issues: There’s no place like home(s) for the holidays, 11/26/2014. Contributing author, Michigan Family Law Benchbook 2014 Supplement (ICLE), 2014. Co-author, "The Marriage Equality Movement after United States v. Windsor: Resulting Litigation and Changes Across the Nation," SSR Journal, Spring 2014. Co-author, “The Marriage Equality Movement after US v Windsor: Considerations for Michigan,” Michigan Family Law Journal, January 2014. "Preparing an Emotional Client for Trial or ADR for a Family Law Matter," Michigan Bar Journal, December 2013. Over the river? Making parenting time work over the holidays, 11/19/2012. "Don't try this at home:  Adultery in the marital bed," quoted in The New York Times, 1/12/2011. "Season of divorce," quoted in The Grand Rapids Press, January 7, 2011. Co-author, "Traveling Domestically and Abroad with Children Post 9/11," Michigan Family Law Journal, August/September 2010. Co-author, "Cohabitation After Smith v Smith,"  Michigan Family Law Journal, June 2008. Chapter author and Coeditor, Michigan Family Law, 7th Edition, Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2002-Present (2016 and Updates)

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