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Is it possible to lower child support payments?

Many Michigan parents who divorce are required to contribute financially for the benefit of their children to provide for their needs. It is usually a noncustodial parent who pays child support to a custodial parent, though child support could also be ordered in circumstances where the parents share joint custody. The amounts vary according to individual circumstances. State guidelines help family courts make determinations regarding who should pay, how much and when.

Michigan child support modification

Most Michigan residents would like to think that as time goes by, their incomes will also increase. For many individuals, this is true and their families benefit. However, when that family is no longer together as one unit, the individual may still have an obligation to share the increase in income as a part of what is owed in child support.

Michigan child support basics

Regardless of the parent's relationship, children need support from both of them. In addition to love and affection, it takes money to raise a child. Whether the parents are finalizing a divorce or simply separating, child support typically comes into play. Generally, a Michigan court will order one parent to pay a specified amount as his or her portion of the support needed for the benefit of the child.

How is child support determined in a Michigan divorce?

Children are expensive. Add to this a sudden change in income due to a divorce, and many Michigan parents often wonder how they will be able to provide for their children after a divorce. In order to address this situation, the state of Michigan has guidelines in place to direct the courts in determining the appropriate amount of child support that should be paid.

Man accused of paying child support with stolen money

When times are tough, parents in Michigan often do extraordinary things to make ends meet. People may take second or third jobs, others might open their homes to boarders and others sell some of their possessions. One man in another state is accused of meeting his child support debts in a daring and dangerous way.

Sperm donor not responsible for child support

Reproductive options in Michigan and across the country are changing rapidly as the make-up of nuclear families evolves. While the laws race to keep up with the changing landscape, judges are sometimes left to make decisions where little precedent exists. At least one man is happy for the recent child support ruling a family law judge made in his favor. However, the decision may not stand if the state's advocate for families decides to appeal.

Former NBA star seeks modification of his child support order

Professional athletes can earn substantial salaries, and basketball stars in the NBA are no exception. Former NBA star Glen Rice, who played for the University of Michigan’s Wolverines before the Miami Heat picked him up, reportedly made over $60 million in his 15-year career. Yet the 49-year-old former star recently sought a court modification to his child support payments, alleging financial struggles.

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