Legal Help with Financial Support Arrangements
Child support is defined as the payment of money ordered by the Circuit Court for the financial support of a child.
Our family law attorneys help with initial support arrangements, support modifications, or collection of overdue support payments. Whether you need financial support to help provide for your child or you have been asked to make support payments, we will help you and protect the well-being of your child.
One can modify support arrangements on the same basis as alimony (i.e. change of circumstances). Support is usually ordered until the minor reaches the age of 18 years, or graduates from high school, so long as the minor child regularly attends high school on a full-time basis with a reasonable expectation of completing sufficient credits to graduate from high school while residing on a full time basis with the payee of support or at an institution, but in no case after the child reaches nineteen years and six months of age, or until further order of the Court. Payment enforcement is instituted by an Order to Show Cause.
Support is based mainly on the child’s needs (in conformity with the lifestyle of the parties), and the ability to pay. Non-payment of court ordered support may lead to a contempt of court citation, resulting in a jail term.
When calculating support payments, Michigan courts review several factors:
- Each parent’s income
- The number of children to be supported
- Any other children either parent is legally required to support
- Additional expenses for child care and health insurance
- The division of overnight parenting time granted to each parent
Reed Law in Ann Arbor, Mi is ready to discuss your family legal issues. Please call one of our experienced attorneys at (734) 761-5860 or contact Reed Law online or via e-mail.