Divorce and Child Support

One of the most stressful parts of divorce is handling matters relating to children. When you’re looking for divorce lawyers in Macomb, Michigan, how they deal with child support compensation is of the utmost importance. Here at The Law Firm of Victoria, we strive to help women understand the complexities of child support law and to make sure the children of divorce are provided for.

Child Support in Michigan

Similar to other states, child support in Michigan is determined by a state Child Support Formula. This formula uses eight items to calculate the amount of support received for each child:

  • Spousal assets and income
  • Allowable tax deductions
  • Number of children
  • The amount of time spent with each parent
  • Healthcare/Medical obligations including insurance premiums
  • Third-party custodian calculations
  • Agreements involving property
  • Arrearage guidelines
  • In Michigan, child support ceases when the dependent turns 18 years old or upon their high school graduation, whichever comes first. At age 19 ½ support stops even if the child hasn’t graduated high school. Often, childcare expenses are included in child support amounts. If this is the case, amounts designated for child/daycare services are terminated after the child turns 12 years old.

    Child support payments are generally ensured by automatically withholding amounts from the paying party’s paychecks. Imputation of income is also a possibility, particularly in cases where the spouse refuses to work to get out of paying child support. This means that the courts can use the person’s ability to earn rather than their actual income to compute child support amounts. The goal is to reach an amount that actually meets the child’s needs.

    Help for Women

    At The Law Firm of Victoria, our expert team of divorce attorneys for women in Macomb specializes in providing legal support to women. Give us a call at 248-723-1600 or complete our convenient online form to schedule your consultation today.

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