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Detroit, Metro Detroit and Southeastern Michigan
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Child Support
If you have minor children and are getting a divorce, under the laws of Michigan you will have to pay child support. Child support in Michigan is determined by a fixed formula and generally does not take into account what your or your ex-spouses expenses actually are.When considering how much you will pay the formula only looks at certain factors that include;

  • How much you earn.
  • How much your ex spouse earns.
  • How many children you have.
  • How many overnights do you and your ex spouse have with the children.
  • Other support obligations or other children that you have custody of.
  • Health care obligations for the minor children.
  • Child care obligations.
The Court will not take into account your living expenses such as your mortgage. In fact, even if your expenses exceed your income after child support is taken out, the Court will tell you to reduce those expenses.

Failure to Pay Child Support is Strict Liability Crime
Even if you lose your job or there is a change in your financial condition, the State expects you to pay your child support. And failure to make the required payments could result in you being charged with felony non-support. Even if you move to another state, the State of Michigan will often enforce a felony non-support warrant and transport you back to Michigan in what will prove to be the worst road trip of your life. If there is a change of circumstances, such as you lose your job or you became ill, you must file a change of circumstance motion with the Friend of the Court to have your payments modified. Be aware however, that any modification to the amount you pay will only apply to payments made after the motion is filed. So if you lost your job but wait a year to file the motion, any payments due prior to the filing will not be lowered.

An attorney who is familiar with the child support laws in Michigan can answer your questions, help you file the necessary paperwork and appear at a modification hearing on your behalf. If you have child support questions, are being charged with felony non-support or need help in modifying your payments, call the Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC and speak with an attorney today.

The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC is a Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI and Family Law and Divorce law firm and provides legal representation in Wayne County, Oakland County, Macomb County and throughout Michigan including these Michigan cities:

Macomb County

Armada
Centerline
Chesterfield Twp.
Clinton
Eastpointe
Fraser
Harrison
Lenox
Macomb
Memphis
Mt. Clemens
New Baltimore
New Haven
Richmond
Romeo
Roseville
St. Clair Shores
Sterling Heights
Shelby
Utica
Warren
Washington

St. Clair County

Port Huron
Capac
Saint Clair
Algonac
Keewahdin
Marine City
Emmett
Yale

Washtenaw County

Ann Arbor
Ypsilanti
Chelsea
Saline
Manchester
Milan
Dexter

Ingham County

Lansing
East Lansing
Williamston
Webberville
Stockbridge
Meridian Township
Danville

Oakland County

Auburn Hills
Addison Twp.
Berkley
Beverly Hills
Bingham Farms
Birmingham
Bloomfield
Bloomfield Hills
Brandon Twp.
Clarkston
Clawson
Commerce
Farmington
Farmington Hills
Ferndale
Franklin
Groveland
Hazel Park
Highland
Holly
Huntington Woods
Independence
Keego Harbor
Lake Angelus
Lake Orion
Lathrup Village
Lyon Twp.
Madison Heights
Milford
Novi
Novi Township
Oak Park
Oakland Township
Orchard Lake
Orion
Ortonville
Oxford
Pleasant Ridge
Pontiac
Rochester
Rochester Hills
Royal Oak
Southfield
South Lyon
Springfield
Sylvan Lake
Troy
Walled Lake
Waterford
West Bloomfield
White Lake
Wixom
Wolverine Lake

Wayne County

Allen Park
Belleville
Brownstown
Canton
Dearborn
Dearborn Heights
Detroit
Ecorse
Flat Rock
Garden City
Gibraltar
Grosse Isle
Grosse Pointe
Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Park
Grosse Pointe Woods
Hamtramck
Highland Park
Huron
Inkster
Lincoln Park
Livonia
Melvindale
Northville
Plymouth
Redford
River Rouge
Riverview
Rockwood
Romulus
Southgate
Sumpter
Taylor
Trenton
Van Buren
Wayne
Westland
Woodhaven
Wyandotte

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The Law Office of James G. Schmier, PLLC
Criminal Defense, Drunk Driving DUI Defense and Family Law Divorce Attorney
(248) 705 3742