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Child Support Issues

With family law and child custody issues come child support issues. While no one would disagree that it is important to support our children financially, there are those who use child support arguments as a weapon in divorce cases — often times to the detriment of the children.

At Collis & Griffor, PC, our lawyers assist clients with all aspects of family law and work hard to protect their financial interests in both familial and business law matters. When a child support issue arises, people in Ann Arbor and throughout Washtenaw County turn to our attorneys for help.

Child Support Facts

In Michigan, there is a child support formula that helps resolve a majority of support cases. However, the formula is far from perfect and can be altered in certain circumstances.

Child support is paid until the child reaches age 18 or graduates from high school but not beyond 19 years and six months of age, whichever occurs later. Support payments are usually withheld from the payer's employer. It may be altered to reflect current income at any time upon motion of a party even after divorce and final orders in custody, support and paternity cases.

Greater income also can be imputed to a party that chooses to work below their potential or voluntarily reduces income to try and avoid child support. If someone fails to pay support, that person could be jailed for contempt of court.

A party cannot withhold parenting time if a parent is not paying support. The proper recourse is to contact an attorney or the designated friend of the court for enforcement.

Working Toward A Positive Outcome

Cases involving family law such as child support, divorce, child custody, spousal support and paternity can be overwhelming. Trying to deal with situations like this on your own is never a good idea. Hiring an attorney who is familiar with this type of law and other legal matters in Michigan is the best way to ensure the most positive outcome for your case.

Legal problems are our specialty and we are there to help you. Call Collis & Griffor, PC, today at 734-707-9408 or contact us online to set up an appointment for a free consultation regarding your child support issue.

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