There are complex issues at stake throughout the Michigan divorce process, but child support can be among the most complicated due to parents’ emotional investment. It’s tough to resolve financial matters for minor children, even when divorcing spouses can agree on many points. Calculating the amount of child support in the context of custody is especially complex, and the child’s best interests are critical to the determination.
The goal of child support under Michigan law is to ensure minor children enjoy the same financial resources and lifestyle as if their parents weren’t divorcing. In most cases, the parent who takes primary responsibility for parenting time is the recipient of child support payments. The funds are applied to:
There are many variables involved with child support, so the State Court Administrative Office’s Friend of the Court Bureau has developed a formula to assist with calculating the amount. Courts must consider:
Still, these factors are reviewed on a case-by-case basis, so it’s necessary to determine how the law applies to your specific situation. Our knowledgeable child support lawyers at Benson & Associates can assist you with understanding the legal requirements.
If you’re the recipient of child support, you’re in a difficult financial situation when the child’s other parent doesn’t abide by the court’s order. Michigan law provides options for enforcement, so you may be able to force payment through:
It may even be possible to get a court order and bench warrant for the arrest of your child’s non-paying parent. It’s essential to work with a skilled child support lawyer who will assist with enforcement and protect your own rights and the interests of your children.
From a simple agreement with the child’s other parent to complex, highly contentious disputes, the attorneys at Benson & Associates provide skilled, customized representation in all types of child support matters. Our lawyers have more than 70 years of experience serving clients in Ferndale and throughout Southeastern Michigan, and we’re committed to protecting your rights. For more information about child support, please call our office at 248-357-3550 or contact us online for a comprehensive evaluation of your situation.
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