Divorce tends to amplify financial concerns for many parents. This is especially true when it comes to providing a financially stable life for children, which can seem overwhelming and even impossible with a smaller income. Child support can ease these worries, provide continued financial support for children and is covered under Michigan family law.
Children have the right to financial support from both of their parents. Since custodial parents — those who have primary physical custody — tend to put in the majority of the upfront financial cost of raising children, they are usually the ones entitled to receive child support. This may be true even if they earn more than the noncustodial parent, and some 50/50 custody arrangements still involve support orders.
Determining how much support is appropriate is typically a matter for the courts. Family law judges will review both parents’ incomes, how many days children spend with each parent and other applicable factors. An appropriate amount of support will be determined based on these guidelines, although the amount is not necessarily permanent. Parents may request that the original support order be modified to reflect a loss of income or other changes in financial circumstances.
Raising children in Michigan requires an enormous financial commitment from both parents, but divorce can complicate this. It might seem like a good idea to create a verbal support agreement with an ex, but this can be unwise. Family law court-ordered child support payments are based off of specific guidelines that are enforceable should the paying party rescind on his or her obligation.