Along with family law and child custody issues come child support issues. While no one would disagree that it is important to financially support children, there are those who use child support arguments as a weapon in divorce cases — often to the detriment of the children.
At Collis & Griffor PC, our lawyers can assist you with all aspects of family law, and we will work diligently to protect the interests of both you and your children. 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.
- Child support 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.
- A greater income can be imputed to a party that chooses to work below their earning potential or voluntarily reduces income to try and avoid child support.
- If a party fails to pay child support, they can be jailed for contempt of court.
- However, 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
Family law cases involving child support 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 situation.
At Collis & Griffor PC, we are here to help you get through these troubled times. Call our office in Ypsilanti today at 734-827-1337, or contact us online to set up an appointment to discuss your child support concerns.