What Are The Guidelines For Child Support In Michigan?
Parents have an obligation to provide financial support for their children. Concerns over child support can be difficult in a divorce or between unmarried parents. Even parents who are not arguing over support have many questions about how the process works.
The most common question about child support is how the amount is calculated. Michigan courts use a mandatory mathematical formula when determining how much support the noncustodial parent will be obligated to pay. Some of these factors the courts will consider include:
- Income of both parents
- Custody and parenting time arrangements
- Number of children who need support
- Medical costs
- Child care costs
Child support laws in Michigan, as with most states, can be complicated. To ensure your children’s support needs are being met, it will be in your best interest to consult with an experienced family law attorney like Kurt.
How Is Spousal Support Determined In Michigan?
Spousal support (also referred to as alimony) is not automatically guaranteed in a divorce; it is awarded on a case-by-case basis. Unlike child support, there is no mandatory formula for calculating how much spousal support a party will receive or be ordered to pay.
There are several factors the courts use to determine if spousal support should be awarded, how much is to be paid and for how long. These usually include:
- Length of the marriage
- Past conduct and relations of each party
- Physical, financial and emotional state of each party
- The age of each party
- Standard of living during the marriage
Spousal support can be awarded both temporarily or permanently. Without the help of an experienced family law lawyer, it is tough to predict whether your divorce qualifies for support and how much may be awarded and for how long it will be paid.
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If you need assistance seeking financial support, do not hesitate to call us. At Schnelz Wells PC, we are committed to representing individuals and families throughout Michigan involved in all family-related legal matters.