Michigan child support laws are designed to protect the best interests of the child. However, enforcing these laws while ensuring fairness to both parents can be difficult. Child support costs can be very high, especially for very young children or children with severe medical needs.
Custodial and non-custodial parents may find themselves seeking a change in child support amounts, especially if their own financial situation suddenly changes. Consultation with an experienced family law attorney may make all the difference in the outcome of your case.
In Michigan, a complex formula is used to determine the amount of support ordered. As a general rule, judges are required to abide by this formula when ordering child support payments.
In rare cases, a judge may deviate from this formula to prevent undue hardship on one parent. Even if a judge does not use special discretion in your case, you will need to be well-prepared if you want to get your desired outcome. A lawyer’s help is strongly recommended for navigating the complexities of family court.
Parents’ financial situations can change at any time, and a child support order can be adjusted to reflect those changes. Examples of changes in financial needs include:
To successfully petition for a change in child support amounts, all of the above details must be clearly established. Collecting evidence for your case should be done in consultation with an attorney who can tell you exactly what you need.
Since the legal issues surrounding child support are so nuanced, it’s important to consult with a lawyer with experience in the correct area. Child support issues involve a totally different set of laws than criminal defense or real estate.
The family law attorneys at Michigan Premier Law, P.C. provide legal services to the Metro Detroit area. We have a proven track record in Michigan family law, including child support and child custody issues. Call our law firm today for a free consultation at (248) 688-0045.