In family law, there are many instances in which the courts will make decisions for the parties involved, depending on the circumstances of the case. For example, regarding child support, Michigan courts are actively involved and are very adamant about compliance.
Child support must be paid, and it must be paid in a timely fashion. The whole purpose of child support is to ensure that the child is provided for financially, and the money a non-custodial parent pays is intended for the best interests of the child.
With that in mind, our readers in the Brighton area may be interested in a child support case that was recently decided upon in Tennessee. A woman who adopted a young boy from Russia and later returned him because she no longer wanted to be his adoptive parent was forced by a Tennessee court to pay $150,000 in child support.
The judge in this case was not compelled by the argument that the adopted child had behavioral problems or was a menace to the family. However, this case may not be over yet, as the woman can still request a child support modification from the court.
In Michigan as elsewhere, people who are delinquent with support payments or fail to pay them at all can be subject to penalties. These can include, but are not limited to, license suspension or jail. If there is ever a problem with making child support payments, the courts may take any change in the paying parent’s financial circumstances into consideration, and will modify a child support order if doing so is warranted. It is never a good idea to simply not pay, and non-custodial parents should be aware of their options if a job loss or other problem has resulted in financial hardship.
Source: The Tennessean, “Tearful TN mom must pay support for boy sent back to Russia,” Kristin M. Hall, July 14, 2012