Every child in Michigan deserves the love and financial support from both of that child’s parents. But following a divorce, the state will take steps to ensure that these children continue to receive financial support even from the non-custodial parent. In these cases, the family law courts will order child support.
Child support is generally a payment from one parent to the other, for the child’s necessary expenses. These payments are usually set up to occur at least monthly and in some cases may be automatically taken from the non-custodial parents’ paycheck. However, after a recent ice storm nearly 45,000 families in Michigan did not receive their child support payments as usual.
Many parents were understandably very upset when they learned that payments would be delayed — especially since the delay happened during the holidays. Other people were also upset that the state did not notify parents where their money was or what had happened, which left many parents guessing about the situation. The state claims there wasn’t time to notify families.
According to reports, the ice storm that hit Michigan the week of Christmas knocked out the Internet — both the primary and backup sources — to the organization that distributes child support payments across the state. Without the Internet, the organization was not able to distribute child support payments.
This situation shows just how important child support is to many Michigan families. When families do not get the child support they need, the children suffer. Michigan parents should know that they have legal rights when their child’s other parent stops paying child support. With the right help, children can get the money they need and deserve.
Source: WOOD, “Ice storm delays child support payments,” Ken Kolker, Dec. 30, 2013