Divorce is never easy, but it can be much worse when child support disputes arise. Custodial and non-custodial parents have the legal right to file for changes to child support amounts after the initial amount is decided.
There are a number of legal reasons why the child support amount may change. In many cases, a nuanced understanding of Michigan child support law is required to understand the legal issues involved.
Under Michigan law, child support amounts are decided using a set formula that considers both parents financial situations. Judges are required to use this formula to decide all child support amounts.
However, in a limited number of cases, a judge may use their discretion to alter the amount of child support being required. An experienced Michigan lawyer can make their case appropriately.
Child support amounts often change because of a change in one or both parents’ financial situations. For example, if the non-custodial parent becomes unemployed, the amount of money they are expected to pay will likely be lowered. On the other hand, if they get a raise, they may be expected to contribute a higher monthly amount for child support.
Medical bills and insurance are another source of disputes. A child with high medical bills will need more support from a non-custodial parent.
Remarriage can also affect expected child support amount, as can changes in child care costs. Since there are a wide range of factors that can affect payment amounts, it’s critical to have an experienced attorney look at your case to determine the best course of action.
Family law is a complex field, and child support issues require nuanced handling to protect the child’s best interests fairly. You need a child support law expert in order to maximize your chances of winning your case.
At Michigan Premier Law, P.C., we have extensive experience in child support, spousal support, physical custody, and other Michigan family law issues. We provide legal representation to families from all walks of life, and are proudly serving the Royal Oak, MI and Metro Detroit area. Call (248)-688-0045 today for a free consultation.