Child support can be one of the most hotly contested issues in a Michigan divorce case, especially when parents’ emotions take over in addressing the needs of minor children. It can be difficult to reach an agreement, but child support matters are complex even when parents concur about the financial side of things. The child’s best interests are always the primary consideration, but it can be hard to understand the calculations and legal implications.
The paramount focus of Michigan child support law is to place minor children in the same financial position and lifestyle they would have enjoyed if the parents weren’t divorcing. Most often, the parent who takes on primary parenting time responsibilities will receive child support from the other. The amount is intended to cover:
The State Court Administrative Office’s Friend of the Court Bureau has developed a formula to assist with calculating child support amounts. Courts are required to apply certain factors in making a determination, including:
Even with these factors, every case is different for child support in Michigan. The lawyers at Benson & Associates can offer advice on the legal requirements, so you can understand how the law applies to your circumstances.
The recipient parent is placed in a difficult position if the paying parent doesn’t comply with the terms of the child support order. Fortunately, Michigan law offers options to enforce the arrangement and compel payment. You may be able to:
In some cases, you can request the court to issue a bench warrant for the arrest of the non-paying parent. To ensure protection of your rights and your child’s interests, you should work with a knowledgeable child support lawyer who will guide you through the process.
The attorneys at Benson & Associates can assist with all types of child support issues in divorce, whether you reach an agreement with your spouse or must take the dispute to court. Our lawyers have more than 70 years of experience representing clients in Berkley and all around Southeastern Michigan. If you have questions or want to schedule an appointment to discuss child support issues, please give us a call at 248-357-3550 or contact us online.
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