Macomb County Child Support Lawyers
Free Consultation With Macomb County Child Support Lawyers
Very important financial issues are at stake for both the parent who has custody and is collecting support, and the parent who has been ordered to pay child support. We are here to help you understand how child support works and to ensure that you obtain the best possible child support order.
We understand the complex details of the Michigan Child Support Formula, and have decades of experience successfully handling Child Support Motions. We will use our skill and our knowledge to fight for your rights and get the child support ordered that is fair for you.
If you are facing a divorce or Child Support Motion, or if you are simply considering having your child support reviewed, call us today for a no-obligation review of how the Michigan Child Support Formula applies to your specific situation.
The Michigan Child Support Formula considers many factors, including:
- The actual number of overnights spent with each parent;
- The income of each parent;
- Family size;
- Child care expenses;
- Number of other minor children;
- Preexisting support orders (if any);
- Health Insurance premium expense (if child is covered);
- Tax Status (including the valuable allocation of the child tax deduction); and,
- Union dues and other mandatory employment expenses.
Note: This formula is adjusted every year to reflect changes in the cost of living. [/one_half_last]
Understanding Child Support – by Macomb County Lawyers
Child Support is handled through a special division of the Court System called “Friend of the Court.” When a child support order is entered in Michigan, the Court will also order that the payments be automatically deducted from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck. This is called income withholding.
How Much Child Support Can I Expect to Get? – by Macomb County Lawyers
The Michigan Child Support Formula is used by the Court to calculate the amount of child support that will be ordered. The primary goal of the formula is to ensure that children receive adequate financial support based upon their needs and the resources of each parent.
How Much Child Support Will I Have to Pay? – by Affordable Lawyers
It is very important to understand that this “formula” is not just a simple chart. It is actually a very complex series of calculations that take into consideration a wide variety of factors. Only an experienced attorney can look at your situation, in light of all of these factors, and present a case to the judge for the best child support order in your individual case.
The Court may also go against the support guidelines under certain limited circumstances. Again, determining child support is a complex process that requires professional legal analysis. Because it is such a complicated formula – with different factors being given different weight – it is unwise to try and “guess” at what your child support may be.
The information and charts available online about the the Michigan child support formula is very easy to misunderstand or misinterpret. Information online can also be wrong or outdated, since it changes every year. An experienced family law attorney is the only person who will be able to look at all of the factors that apply to you and help you determine the amount of child support that you will be likely to receive or pay.
Once a support order has been entered, the Court retains authority until the child reaches the age of 18, or until the child graduates from high school, but not later than when the child reaches 19½ years of age.
Changing or Modifying Child Support – by Affordable Macomb County Lawyers
In Michigan, if it has been more than 36 months since a parent has requested a child support review, that parent may petition the Friend of the Court to conduct a review. If both parents agree to the modification, the Court will usually approve the change. But, if the parents do not agree upon the proposed change in support, a motion must be filed, and the Court will make a determination.
Child Support orders may also be reviewed and modified if there is a significant change of circumstance (including changes in overnight stays or changes in income for either parties). It is important to note that Child Support never changes “automatically” – even if you have a change in your circumstances (such as losing your job). A “Motion” must always be filed to change child support. For example, if a party becomes unemployed, or believes that the other party has significantly improved their personal income, that party must file a Motion to change or alter their support obligation, and the change will only be made retroactive to the date the actual motion is filed with the Court.
In summary, local court rules allow for an “administrative review” of child support every three years – even if there haven’t been substantial changes in circumstances. However, if there has been a “substantial change” (such as one parent losing their job), a Motion for modification of child support can be filed at any time. However, in either case, a Motion must be filed and the Judge must iassue an Order, in order for child support to be changed.
Because child support is often only reviewed on a three year basis, it is important that you obtain knowledgeable and aggressive legal representation, to ensure that a fair decision is reached. For example: a difference of only $40/week adds up to a total difference of $6,240.00 over the course of just three years! Investing in a skilled attorney now, could save you thousands of dollars over the course of the next three years.
Attorney Justin Vande Vrede and the lawyers at Lakeside Legal Group have successfully represented hundreds of individuals in their child support matters. They will offer you compassionate advice & aggressive representation at affordable rates, to ensure that your rights are protected and you get the results you deserve.
For a FREE CONSULTATION with an experienced Macomb County Child Support Lawyer, call Lakeside Legal Group today: 586-469-0900.
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