Michigan Child Support Lawyers
Michigan Child Support
Our Michigan child support lawyers work hard to obtain fair and reasonable agreements, keeping the child’s best interests at heart and in full light. This is especially critical in the aftermath of the Coronavirus pandemic. Many people have lost their jobs in the economic downturn and now require new child support arrangements. Our experienced child support attorneys, located in Royal Oak, are here to help.
Although some Michigan courts are not fully operational right now, we can still file a motion. If a court is closed, then we can mail in a motion so it is filed the moment the court opens. But let’s not waste any time: A modification will be based on the date the motion is filed. By working together now, your motion will be ready to go.
How We Can Help with Your Michigan Child Support Case
Though Michigan child support cases are very emotional, navigating the legal process requires thorough and careful handling of records and documents, both financial and otherwise. Our staff will lead this process, so you can focus on your family – not on sifting through your files. Our services include:
- Establishing child support
- Preparing for a child support hearing
- Challenging child support actions
- Raising or lowering of the amount of child support due
In Michigan, whether married, separated, divorced, or never married, parents must provide financial support to their children. With or without the cooperation of your former spouse/partner, our legal team will work to attain a positive financial understanding and provide your child with the potential to thrive.
Considerations When Determining Michigan Child Support
Child support is primarily governed by each parent’s income, the number of children, and the number of overnights that each parent will have with the minor child(ren). Child support also takes into account factors such as daycare costs, medical expenses, and child support paid to other children. However, there are often hidden issues that can result in inequitable support. The experienced attorneys at Friedman Law Firm will carefully review every factor that impacts your child support case for the best outcome possible.
Our Michigan child support lawyers can also help leverage the unique aspects of your case. For instance, a parent whose income falls below the legal poverty line might be eligible for an income adjustment. Additionally, a parent who is not employed may still be held accountable by the court in certain situations. If the individual is choosing not to work or to work for smaller wages or less time, the court may determine the child support amount based on potential income. In these situations, elements such as the parent’s experience and education can play a role in determining the amount of Michigan child support granted.
Changing Michigan Child Support Arrangements if You’ve Lost Your Job Amid COVID-19
The novel Coronavirus pandemic brought a series of sweeping changes in quick succession. Families found themselves self-quarantining, socially distancing and homeschooling while working from home—for those fortunate enough to keep their jobs. Businesses were forced to close, and the economic downtown brought massive furloughs and job loss. All these changes significantly upended people’s lives. Now, as parents struggle to adapt to a “new normal,” changes in child support arrangements are necessary.
If you find yourself with limited or no income in the wake of COVID-19, then you may be eligible to file a motion to modify your child support orders. Currently, existing child support orders remain in place, and arrears will accrue based on the amount ordered. The Family Support Act requires review of child support orders every three years. But the act allows for more frequent reviews when there is a substantial change in circumstances.
Our skilled child support lawyers can help you work out an agreement, between payor and payee, for temporary modifications, and put them in the proper format to submit revisions to the court. If parties can’t agree, we can help you file a motion to modify your existing child support orders.
Acting swiftly can help preserve your date for retroactive modification. This means the revised payment amount would go into effect retroactively to the date you filed the motion. In our relationships with the Michigan Supreme Court, State Bar of Michigan and local Michigan courts, we are working together to improve access to the courts and address our clients’ concerns about child support, filing deadlines, and enforcement and modification of child support orders.
Our expertise as Michigan child support lawyers can help you navigate the ins and outs of changing child support needs and arrangements during this crisis. We have the experience and knowledge to help you attain the best outcome for you and your child(ren).
Our Michigan Child Support Lawyers Can Help
With the Friedman Law Firm office based in Royal Oak, our Michigan child support lawyers serve Royal Oak, Ferndale, Madison Heights, Berkley and other surrounding areas in Oakland, Wayne and Macomb counties. Whether you need help navigating the Michigan child support legal process, or you are seeking or contesting the modification of existing child support orders, we are here to help. Our seasoned Michigan child support lawyers will always keep your child(ren)’s best interests front and center.