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Under Michigan law, children are entitled to financial support from both parents until they turn 18. In cases where the parents have separated, one parent will typically be ordered to pay child support to the other parent. Making sure that all children will have the support they need is a critically important part of any divorce case.
At Oliver Law Group, P.C., we understand the complexities of such cases in Oakland County. Alyson Oliver and her team of family law attorneys will take a compassionate, holistic approach to your case, providing you with the sensitivity and creativity to find a solution that will meet the child's needs within your financial means.
Calculating Support for Your Child in Michigan
Michigan courts use a specific formula to calculate how much child support is owed. The support guidelines considered include:
- Each parent's net income
- Number of children of the parties
- Parenting time
- Other support obligations
- Custody of other children
- Healthcare costs
- Childcare costs
Although child support and child custody are interrelated, the courts handle each one separately. Even in cases where both parents share custody or have equal time with the children, one party may still owe child support to the other, depending on relative income and other financial factors. Conversely, child support may still be owed even if one party has no parenting time at all. Under some circumstances, courts may order a parent to pay even after parental rights have been terminated.
Modifying Child Support
Once child support has been awarded, it can be modified by court order. Changing financial circumstances, such as getting or losing a job, could affect the child support by changing one party's income. A change in the child custody arrangement could also lead to a change in child support. If one parent has another child, that may also affect the support amount.
Remember, though, that child support is never automatically modified. Either parent needs to inform the court of any change in circumstances by filing a Motion Regarding Support. Moreover, child support cannot be retroactively modified; the courts can only change the amount owed going forward. Thus, it is important to work with a child support lawyer to file this motion as soon as circumstances change. Otherwise, you might end up owing large amounts of past due child support or be paid less child support than you need.
Handling Cases with Compassion and Integrity
At Oliver Law Group, we understand that any legal case involving a child can be emotionally devastating. Our attorneys are experienced and trustworthy professionals committed to handling your case with creativity and compassion. When it comes to financial help for your child, time is of the essence. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation. Call (800) 939-7878.