Troy Child Support Attorneys
Michigan law states that both parents must provide financial support for their child until the child turns 18. If a child turns 18 and is still in high school, support may be continued until age 19½ as long as the child remains a full-time high school student who is expected to graduate. Parents are not legally obliged to pay for college.
Child support in Michigan follows a formula that is set by the state. The formula includes a number of factors, including:
- The number of children the parties have together
- amount of time each child spends with each parent
- The net income of both parents
- Child care costs
- Health care costs that are being covered by either parent
- Any child support payments that the noncustodial parent is paying to someone else
- Any extraordinary medical or educational expenses of a child
Seeking Above-Guidelines Or Below-Guidelines Support
Courts may deviate above or below the amount determined by the formula if circumstances warrant. This may include a family with substantial assets in which children enjoyed a high standard of living during the marriage. It may also be triggered by health issues that produce significant and prolonged extra expenses, or extraordinary educational needs.
Life occurrences may result in the need to modify
an existing child support order. Examples of events that may trigger modifications include long-term unemployment or a relocation by one parent that impacts the number of days and nights a child spends with both parents. We assist parents who wish to file a petition to modify child support or defend against a modification.
Even if you and your child’s other parent reach agreement on a modification independent from the court, it is important to have the modification approved by the court. If you do not, one parent could change his or her mind on the new agreement and insist on the original child support amount.
Meet With Our Experienced Troy Child Support Lawyers
If you have questions regarding Michigan Child Support Guidelines or any family law matter, contact us
to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation. An experienced family law attorney will review the facts of your case and provide a straightforward assessment.