Child Support Attorneys Located in Birmingham, MI
Team Serving the Counties of Oakland, Macomb, Wayne, Washtenaw, Livingston, Monroe, Genesee, Lapeer & St. Clair Counties
Child support is determined by a complex formula which is based on the number of overnights that each party has with the child on a yearly basis and the income of the parties. The Michigan Child Support Formula also takes into account child care expenses, health insurance premiums, and other factors.
The court always maintains jurisdiction over child support and other child related issues.
Whether it is during a divorce case or family law case if you are not married, after your case, or any other time you feel child support should be revisited or calculated for the very first time, our attorneys will meet with you and explain the law regarding child support so you can have a realistic expectation of what the child support would be.
How Are Child Support Orders Handled?
Most orders for child support are paid through the friend of the court, and provide for immediate automatic withholding of child support payments from the payer's income, unless the court orders otherwise or approves an agreement of the parties.
Can Child Support Orders be Modified?
Child support may be modified if there is a change of circumstances. Child support is usually ordered until the child reaches 18 years of age or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later (but not past the age of 19 ½). Non-payment of court ordered support may lead to a contempt of court citation.
What About Child Care Expenses?
Child support may include a contribution for child care expenses until August 31 following the child's twelfth birthday.
Can the Court Impute Income to My Spouse?
The court may impute income to a party who has an unexercised ability to earn income. The court may use relevant factors to determine whether a party has an actual ability to earn and a reasonable likelihood of earning the potential income. These factors include: prior work history, health, education level, skills, capacity to work, available employment opportunities, and consistency or diligence of effort in seeking employment. The court will make the final determination whether imputing income is appropriate in a particular case.
We know that you only want what is best for your child. Call our child support attorneys at (248) 440-7495 today to speak to our team and find out where to begin.