MICHIGAN CHILD SUPPORT LAW
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Whether your child is a newborn or on the brink of completing high school, Michigan laws about child support determine the precise amount of support to be provided. These laws follow a specific formula that necessitates adhering to an economic framework to calculate the payment. Accurately calculating child support relies on precise information regarding the income of both parties and the number of overnight stays. It is worth noting that this information might interest your local friend, as it is relevant news. While complying with these regulations may require effort, it ensures that the child support amount is determined correctly, thus avoiding any inconvenience.
How Child Support Case Can Impact Your Divorce
It is essential that you have the guidance of a knowledgeable Michigan divorce attorney to help you sort through the various factors related to child support. Some of these factors include (but are not limited to):
- How many children are involved
- Child care expenses
- Medical insurance
- Income of the parents
- The number of overnights spent with a child
In 2008, substantial revisions were made to the child support guidelines in Michigan. These revisions have altered the presumed child support obligation for each parent, considering their respective incomes and the number of overnight visits the child has with each parent. As a result, the more overnight visits a child has with a parent, the less child support is owed. Our goal is to assist you in comprehending the impact of factors such as child custody on child support. If you have any questions regarding these changes, please contact us. Stay tuned for future announcements on this topic.
Child Support Payments:
Making timely and complete payments is crucial to provide children with the necessary financial resources for their well-being. In Michigan, multiple methods are available to make support payments, including using the state's Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU), sending payments by mail, or visiting a designated location in person. To facilitate electronic payments, various options are provided, such as ExpertPay or PayNearMe. When using these services, individuals can pay through a check and follow the prompts to select their preferred method. It is essential to meet payment deadlines and ensure full payment, as failure can lead to penalties, including wage garnishment or suspension of one's driver's license.
NOTE: It is extremely important that you immediately file a petition to reduce child support if you are laid off. Under Michigan law, a judge does not have the authority to go back and retroactively reduce child support back to the date you were initially laid off. They only have the ability to retroactively reduce child support to the date you filed the petition to reduce child support.
Michigan Laws Do Not Require Child Support after High School Graduation
Support payments are mandated to continue if the child attends high school, with the cutoff age being 19.5. However, once the child turns 18 and is no longer in high school or graduates, the requirement for support ceases. Additionally, according to Michigan statutory law, there is no obligation to provide support for post-graduate schooling. Nevertheless, this is a matter that many parents address during divorce or child support proceedings. It is common for parents to express concerns about matters that extend beyond the initial order. At our firm, we handle cases involving changes in residency, wage garnishment, and the enforcement of child support and orders. We assist former, current, and new clients with these issues. Feel free to reach out to us for any state-related concerns.