Michigan Child Support Attorney
Are you getting enough in child support? How much should you be paying? Do you think you are paying too much? Have circumstances changed? What exactly are you required to pay for? When does child support end? How about college?
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As Michigan Child Support Lawyers, these are just some of the many questions we encountered during the numerous child support and modification cases we handle. Although child support is ultimately determined using a mathematical formula, coming to that point with the correct information is both essential and complex. In order to ensure your child support situation is both correct and fair, you need the experience of a Michigan Child Support Attorney.
Attorney Jannelle J. Zawaideh is a Michigan Child Support Lawyer dedicated to ensuring that your child support determined correctly. With the personal, one-on-one commitment only found in a small law firm like The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh, our Michigan Child Support Attorneys will gather the information, make the necessary arguments and get the numbers right. To start discussing your child support obligation or rights, call our offices at 248-356-0600 and schedule a Free Phone Consultation with one of our Michigan Child Support Attorneys.
The Elements of the Child Support Equation
Everycase of child custody is calculated using the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual – a codified, mathematical equation utilized by allcourts to determine the exact amount of child support, medical support and child care obligations due. The information required by the Child Support Formula includes:
- Mother’s net income
- Father’s net income
- Number of children involved
- Custodial arrangement
- Spousal support, if any
- All other child support obligations or custody arrangements of other children
- Health care costs
- Child care costs
Once this information is presented to the court and accepted as evidence,the numbers are funneled through the Formula Manual and the obligation owed is determined and ordered.
However,each of these factors involves variables that – if not raised correctly– can have a negative effect on the total child support ordered. To ensure the evidence used is correct, you need the expertise of a Michigan Child Support Lawyer.
Modifying Child Support
Childsupport is not indefinite. As things change, so should your child support obligation. Children grow up, custody changes and new relationships are commenced. When these changes occur, you and your Michigan Child Support Attorney need to have the Child Support Order modified by the court.
Common examples of when child support can be brought before a court for modification include:
The party paying child support has at least 128 overnight visits per year.
In this situation, the court will typically order a more evenly based child support arrangement.
Three years have passed since a child support order or modification has been entered.
According to Michigan law, anyone ordered to pay child support or who is receiving child support has the statutory right to have the support order reviewed every three years. This is an administrative process initiated by the courts, during which the original factors will be re-examined and recalculated in accordance to the most up-to-date version of the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual.
A change of circumstances has occurred.
One common change in circumstance is when the child turns 18. However, if the child has not yet finished high school, child support will continue until they are 19 ½. Child support may include college education if so noted in the original agreement – otherwise it is not a requirement.
Other changes in circumstances recognized by the courts include custody, income and employability.
Jannelle J. Zawaideh – Your Michigan Child Support Attorney
Without a Michigan Child Support Lawyer, you may either be paying too much child support or receiving too little. There are simply too many factors, issues and exceptions to let the court make a calculation without you having a chance to fully present your actual economic and parental situation.
When one day you suddenly find yourself unemployed and unable to pay your child support obligation, you have two choices: go to jail or get a modification. With a Michigan Child Support Attorney at your side, you can res tassured your child support obligation will truly represent your actual ability to pay.
The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh specialize as Michigan Child Support Lawyers. They providea highly personalized and attentive approach to the law that can only be found at a small law office.
Call us today and schedule your FREE PHONE CONSULTATION. The first step is to get informed and have your child support situation professionally analyzed by a Michigan Child Support Attorney. The Law Offices of Jannelle J. Zawaideh offer reasonable fees and payment plans and all major credit cards are accepted.
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