Child Support Is More Than Plugging Numbers Into A Formula
Our Lawyers Understand The Nuances Of Michigan Child Support Laws
Child support can be a hotly contested issue in a divorce and for unmarried parents as well. It is important for everyone to remember that child support is about the best interests of the children. That said, it certainly has a large financial impact on the parents as well. It is best to consult with an experienced attorney if you are facing a child support issue.
At Sheehan & Associates, we help pursue resolutions to child support and all other family law issues in southeastern Michigan. With more than 40 years of combined experience, our Detroit child support lawyers understand that every family is different and every family deserves a resolution tailored to its unique needs. Whether you come from a family of modest means or a wealthy family, our attorneys are ready to meet with you to discuss your child support concerns.
Determining Child Support Through Michigan Guidelines
The amount of child support to be paid is determined largely by a judge, who applies a number of legally required factors to the case. Some of the factors that are considered are:
- The number of children
- The income of both parents
- The number of overnights spent with each parent
- The cost of medical insurance
- The cost of day care
- Special needs costs
- Child support obligations for children from other relationships
However, there may be unique circumstances in your situation that require deviating from the standard formula.
Modifying And Enforcing Child Support Orders
After the initial amount of child support is determined, the parents and children move on. As time unfolds, the child support order may need to be addressed again.
Our Detroit lawyers help clients modify existing child support orders when circumstances change in their lives. Modifications may be necessary when a parent loses his or her job, moves away or if the parent gets a significant pay increase. We represent parties seeking modifications as well as those opposing.
There are also situations where the party obligated to pay child support does not do so. In such cases, a child support enforcement proceeding may be necessary. We help clients enforce their support orders, and we also represent paying parents who have been sued for child support.