Rochester Child Support Attorneys
Whether or not they are married, parents of minor children have a legal responsibility to provide financial support for the child’s health, education, and general living expenses. The law allows parents to come to an agreement regarding child support; however, a judge will determine the matter if they’re unable to agree. Upon entry of an order by a Michigan court, there are legal options for parties if it becomes necessary to enforce the support obligation.
At the office of Paul J. Tafelski, our lawyers advocate for clients throughout the State of Michigan, including Rochester, Plymouth, Troy, Bloomfield Hills, Rochester Hills, West Bloomfield, Birmingham, and all of Oakland County. For more than a decade, we have been assisting parents with such child support issues as agreements, negotiations, court appearances, order enforcement, post-judgment modification, and relocation. Please contact us online or call our office at (248) 456-8243 today to discuss your situation. We protect your legal interests in a child support case, and work to ensure the arrangement is fair for all parties.
Michigan Law on Child Support
Michigan law allows a judge to enter a child support order for a child under 18, or a child aged 18 to 19-and-a-half who is still attending school full time. The funds are intended to provide for the child’s medical care, education, living expenses, and other costs as reasonable considering the situation.
To calculate the amount of child support, a court turns to Michigan’s Child Support Guidelines, which are issued by the Michigan Friend of the Court Bureau. A judge looks at certain considerations, including:
- The income levels of each individual parent;
- The total children a parent is must support by law;
- The time a parent spends with the child; and,
- Such living expenses as childcare, school, and medical insurance.
Child support cases are complicated because it’s necessary to assess income, property, reasonable cost of living for the child, and other factors. These matters are also complex if one parent must legally enforce a child support order. A parent who fails to comply with his or her obligations faces civil and criminal penalties.
Modification of Child Support
Payments for child support cannot be modified except by order of the court, and only where a change in circumstances warrants it. Losing a job, gaining new employment, remarriage, cohabitation, and other situations may justify a modification of child support.
If a parent relocates outside Michigan, the obligation to pay child support remains. However, it’s necessary to enter the order in the court system of the relocation state. There may be changes to parenting time as a result of relocation.
Talk to a Rochester Lawyer About Your Case
For more information about child support in Michigan, please call the lawyers at the office of Paul J. Tafelski at (248) 456-8243 or visit us online. We’re happy to answer your questions or set up an initial consultation to discuss your circumstances. We help clients through all types of child support matters, by explaining options and ensuring they have the information they need to make responsible decisions.