Beginning in June 1960, and continuing for the next 47 years, I have been deeply involved, committed and dedicated to the practice of family law, that is, counseling, representing and protecting rights and interests of Husbands, Wives, Mothers, Fathers and Minor Children, in negotiations, mediation, arbitration and trials in trial court and appellate levels.

The practice of law has been called a “jealous mistress,” it is.

Kenneth E. Prather, Sr., is a native Detroiter who began practicing law in 1960 after graduating from University of Detroit Law School.  Ken has devoted his career to the practice of family law.  He specializes in divorce law and trial work, representing countless clients who need expert legal advice in a complex field.

Ken’s experience includes negotiating settlements; mediation and trial work in child custody cases.  He provides counseling on matters of alimony or spousal support, attorney’s fees and division of marital estate assets.

One of my most memorable experiences of my legal career was teaching Family Law at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.  For 17 years from 1983 – 2000, I taught Family Law at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School.  I prepared for my students a 1,500+ page Family Law course book, which covered the theoretical and practical aspects of Family Law.  The Family Law course book and course itself were prepared and dedicated in gratitude to the memory of certain deceased University of Detroit Mercy Law School Professors, Judges, Lawyers and other genuine and true human beings who touched my life:

Frances Avendenka, Stanley Bartnicki, Stanley Beattie, Emil Berg, Meryl Brake, William Brossard, Fred Buesser, Jr., Joseph Dillon, James Finn, Mims Fredman, Carl Gussin, Larry Harmon, Dr. Alan T. Hennessey, Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Russell Holland, William Kelly Joyce, Justice Blair Moody, Jr., Dr. Garcia Mora, Harold Mountain, Jr., Oakland County Circuit Court Judge John O’Brien, Justine Orris, Jerome Petz, S.J., Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Joseph Rashid, Justice Talbot Smith, John R. Starrs, Wayne County Probate Court Judge Anthony Szymanski, and Larry Harmon.

My attitudes, values, and philosophy or approach to the practice of family law are best expressed in the thoughts and words of great thinkers:

Hamlet Act I, Scene III
--William Shakespeare

This above all: to thine own self be true.
And it must follow, as the night the day, thou canst not then be false to any man

--William Penn
I shall pass through this life but once.
If, therefore, there is any kindness I can show,
Or any good I can do any fellow being,
Let me do it now!
Let me not deter or neglect it,
For I shall not pass this way again.

The Serenity Prayer
--Reinhold Niebuhr

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

A Creed
--Edwin Markhan
There is a destiny that makes us brothers:
None goes his way alone;
All that we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own.

I care not what his temples or his creeds,
One thing holds firm and fast —
That into his fateful heap of days and deeds
The soul of a man is cast.


During 47 years of practicing law in the Domestic Relations area, there is no doubt there our judicial system as awesome, powerful and as great as it is, that individual rights and Due Process of Law can be applied in inappropriate manner.  Clients and lawyers may experience ignorance, insensitivity, and incompetence by Judges towards human beings.  You must be represented by a lawyer who knows how to handle or cope with this type of problem.

Professional Accolades

Kenneth E. Prather, Sr.  has received the consistent admiration and endorsement of his legal peers, including the following awards:

  • American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (“AAML)
    • On April 17, 1973, he was elected to the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers as a Fellow.  He has been a Fellow for over 34 years.
    • In all seminars presented by the Michigan Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Kenneth E. Prather, Sr., has been a speaker and presenter.
  • State Bar of Michigan, Family Law Section: Chairman (1983-84)
  • In all published editions of Best Lawyers in America (Naifeh & Smith)

    • Rated as one of the best divorce lawyers in the State of Michigan

Trial & Appellate Legal Experience

During Kenneth E. Prather, Sr.’s 47- year legal career, he has been involved in the following cases at the trial and appellate levels in the State of Michigan which have had an impact on Jurist Prudence in the State of Michigan:

  • Kretzschmar v Kretzschmar, 48 Mich App 279; 210 NW2d 352 (1973)

  • Ruddock v Lodise, 413 Mich 498; 320 NW2d 663 (1982)

  • Boscaglia v Michigan Bell Telephone Company, 420 Mich 308; 362 NW2d 642  (1984)

  • McCallister v McCallister, 205 Mich App 84; 517 NW2d 268 (1984)

  • Kowaleskey v Kowaleskey, 148 Mich App 151; 384 NW2d 112 (1986)

  • Rickel v Rickel, 177 Mich App 647; 442 NW2d 735 (1989)

  • McNamara v McNamara, 178 Mich App 382; 443 NW2d 511 (1989); 436 Mich 862 (1990)

  • Gubin v Lodisev ,197 Mich App 84; 494 NW2d 782 (1992) lv app den 442 Mich 928 (1993)

  • Tyszka v Tyszka, 200 Mich App 231; 503 NW2d 726 (1993), lv app den 444 Mich 884 (1994), an international child abduction case.

  • Brooks v Brooks, Unpublished Decision (June 7, 2002)COA#237550

  • Chwalik v. Chwalik, Unpublished of Court of Appeals Decision (December 15, 2005) COA# 250360

To view a description and summary of these cases, please click on the hyperlink provided.

The key to success in any domestic relations case is preparation, preparation, and preparation!


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Lectures & Seminars

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