Child Support Lawyer Eastpointe, MI
Helping Michigan families get the financial contributions they need to raise their kids
Child support is a tool that helps provide for the economic needs of children who don’t live with both of their parents. Both parents are expected to contribute financially when raising a child. The custodial parent is expected to directly contribute. As a parent or guardian with custody of a child, you may be entitled to child support payments from the other parent. Whether you are negotiating for child support during a divorce or filing for child support through the legal system, the Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C. can help. We also assist parents seeking to modify a court order or looking for help enforcing one. We serve Clinton Township, Michigan and the surrounding areas.
Filing for child support in Michigan
The law expects both of a child’s parents to financially contribute to raising their children as if those parents were married. This is the case whether the parents are divorced, are married but living apart, or were never married in the first place. In Michigan, non-custodial parents are often required to pay child support as calculated by an official formula. The support is intended to cover the general care and needs of children, and the formula establishes each parent’s responsibilities. This formula is updated frequently, and a court may deviate from it when it produces an unjust result. A family law attorney at our firm will help you establish a child support agreement during a divorce or apply for support after your divorce is completed.
Enforcing a child support order in Eastpointe, MI
Parents who receive child support payments typically rely on those payments to provide for the basic needs of their children. When payment is interrupted or stopped, the effects on the custodial parent and their children can be disastrous. We will help you get the other parent to pay through methods such as:
- Tax refund offset. Our attorney can file to have state and federal tax refunds intercepted and used to pay support.
- Court orders. Our firm is often able to get a court to intervene. The court will require the non-custodial parent to show up and explain why they haven’t been paying. If they do not show up to their hearing, a bench warrant may be issued for their arrest.
- Levy/lien. We may be able to get a lien against the parent’s property or assets.
- Income withholding. This is a tool to automatically deduct payments from the non-custodial parent’s paycheck. In many cases, our firm is able to secure past and future payments in this way.
We assist parents in all steps of the enforcement process.
Modifying or ending a child support order
Support orders are not set in stone. As circumstances change, we are often able to convince a court to change support orders to reflect those changing realities. Typical reasons for changing an order of support include changes in wages, changes in living costs and new medical expenses. You are entitled to have the order reviewed by a court every 36 months. Our firm will help you reach an equitable result.
Child support often ends when the child reaches 18 years old, but may continue if the order calls for post-majority support. Support also ends when a child begins active duty in the military, marries or no longer meets the requirements set out in the order. When it is time to stop payments, our firm will help you with this process.
Call now for quality child support assistance from an efficient Michigan attorney
At the Law Offices of Kevin R. Lynch P.L.C., we understand that every family is unique. We work to meet your needs and goals. Our primary concern is making sure your children get the support they need. We offer free consultations to all clients. Call us now at 586-336-1088 or contact us online to arrange a free meeting.