As a Family Court lawyer, Jeanne M. Hannah draws from her professional, educational, and personal background to provide representation in divorce and custody cases. She also represents clients in cases dealing with child support, paternity, and adoption issues. Ms. Hannah also represents clients in post-judgment modification issues and neglect/abuse proceedings.
Ms. Hannah was born and raised in Michigan. She is a graduate of the University of Michigan. At the age of 45, Jeanne Hannah graduated Magna cum laude from the 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.
Jeanne Hannah practices in Grand Traverse, Benzie, Leelanau, Antrim, and Kalkaska County Family and Probate Courts. Since 1995, her practice has been limited to family law issues.
Ms. Hannah represents fathers and mothers in divorce and custody 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 and/or custody action, 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 ensure 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 the author of Taking Charge: Good Medical Care for the Elderly & How to Get It. Taking Charge is a family caregiver empowerment manual. Ms. Hannah is also the author of "Divorce Cases." Chapter 2 of The Michigan Basic Practice Handbook, Institute of Continuing Legal Education (2007).