Child Support Lawyers and Attorneys
in Grand Rapids, Michigan
One of the toughest questions you and your former partner may face is determining child custody and child support amounts. The law requires that both parents support their children financially and in a manner that is in accordance with their financial means.
While the courts use strict standards to determine the amount of money your child should receive, a child support lawyer can review you and your former partner’s financial situation to make sure that your children receive the support they deserve. Child support is based on each parents’ finances and on the child’s current living arrangements. Gordon & Hess, PLC are highly experienced Grand Rapids, Michigan family lawyers who can assist you.
Michigan law requires that a mathematical formula be used by the courts when determining child support payment amounts. Evidence taken by the court to feed into the formula includes the following:
- The net income of each parent
- The potential income, or earning capacity, of each parent
- Child custody orders
- Any additional child support arrangements (such as from a previous marriage)
- Alimony and spousal support
- Cost of general child care
- Cost of the child’s health care
In Michigan, both parents are responsible for the support of their children. The court will generally order child support payments, even if both parents share custody. The obligation to support a child ends only when the child reaches the age of 18, unless the child has yet to complete high school and still lives with the custodial parent.
In this event, support payments continue until the child graduates high school or reaches 19½ years of age. Child support can cover a range of expenses, including medical care, dental care, education, entertainment, food, shelter, and other needs. The amount of child support payments can be modified as the child’s needs or parent’s ability to pay change.
Parents have the right to request a review of the support amount when either parent’s financial circumstances change and there is a “significant change of circumstances,” or by law, every three (3) years from the entry date of the last child support order. A request to modify child support can be brought to the Court or through the Friend of the Court (FOC) office. You must provide evidence that at least one parent’s economic circumstances have changed.
The FOC generally provides input for the Court through recommendation but only the Court actually may modify the child support order. If you have questions about child support, need help with enforcing child support orders, or if you need a modification of child support, Gordon & Hess, PLC are child support lawyers in Grand Rapids, Michigan and will be able to assist you.
Lawyers & Attorneys
Get accurate answers to these and any other questions you may have from an attorney with the experience and background to provide them. The attorneys at Gordon & Hess, PLC can help you understand the Michigan Child Support Guidelines better and run accurate calculations for you.
Please contact Gordon & Hess, PLC now and schedule a free face to face ½ hour confidential consultation to meet face to face and discuss the family law issue you are or soon may be facing and to discuss the best course of action and start develop a winning game plan from the start. We can help you gather financial documents, review you and your spouse’s assets, and work closely with you to help your children receive the support they may deserve. Call now at (616) 272-3331.