Child Support Lawyers Serving Saint Joseph and Niles, MI
What Is Child Custody?
Child support is a court-ordered payment to help support your minor child or children. Most often, this payment is made by a noncustodial parent to the other parent. Child support is meant to cover a broad range of expenses, including school fees, entertainment, extracurricular activities, food, clothing and shelter. Both parents should support their child.
How Is Child Support Calculated?
Child support is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual. While this manual is available to the public, calculating child support can be confusing. If you have any questions regarding your child support, contact our seasoned attorneys at Armstrong, Betker and Schaeffer, PLC. We will discuss your legal needs with you and provide you with information that can protect you and your children for years to come.
Factors Considered in Calculating Child Support
The Michigan Child Support Formula Manual takes into account each of the parent’s incomes and health care costs as well as the custody and number of children. Because of the formula, one party may still owe the other party child support even if they have equal parenting time.
Factors Not Considered in Calculating Child Support
This formula does not consider the bills of either party or unemployment. In addition, a new spouse only affects the child support equation if the tax filing changes for either party. If one party has no visitations, this does not mean they are free of child support
What to Do if Child Support Is Missed
In Michigan, the Friend of the Court is responsible for enforcing child support orders. There are many enforcement methods that they can use if a parent does not follow the terms of the order. However, the Friend of the Court does not always get you the support you need. If you have been denied by the Friend of the Court, contact us today. We will support you in your efforts to receive both current and past-due child support