Divorcing doesn't always involve animosity, distrust or anger. There are people who part ways amicably and with respect and compassion for each other. While this can make the legal process of ending the relationship easier, it can also create a false sense of security when it comes to the agreements parties reach during a divorce.
Legally identifying parentage is crucial, whether you are a mother, a presumed father or an alleged father.
A Michigan man, one of the United States' most wanted child support "deadbeats" has just been caught in Calgary, Alberta. Joseph Stroup, who was living in Alberta under the assumed name "Joop Cousteau," was caught by a Calgary restaurant owner when he seemed to be running a personal injury scam.
Most parents in Michigan want what is best for their children -- even after a divorce. Concerned non-custodial parents may not see child support obligations as burdens but an opportunity for them to play positive roles in the lives of their children. Neglecting to pay child support can adversely affect the child, and recognizing the importance of making child support payments on time is vital.
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.
Convenience can make a difference. Across the country, the excuses for not making child support payments are almost as prolific as the delinquent payments themselves. However, the state of Michigan has been working to eliminate some of these excuses.
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.
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.
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.
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.