In Michigan, there are many parents who raise a child by themselves. Some of these children do still see their other parent from time to time, but this is not always the case. Some parents simply choose not to be involved in their child's life any longer. Others are denied access due to being deemed unfit to care for their child. Whatever the case, these other parents are often still required to pay child support. Unfortunately, many still do not, leaving their children without the financial support they deserve.
There are many problems that can arise from this. The most obvious one is that the child may have a less-than-ideal quality of life as there may not be enough money to provide them with everything they need. It is also possible for a parent to be arrested for failing to keep up with payments. In general, if there is an issue with your support payments, it is better to report it and pursue a resolution than attempt to run from your financial obligations.
As this article on family law explains, it is generally the custodial parent that receives child support payments. This means that they need to have primary physical custody. However, it is still possible that one parent may need to make support payments even in the case of a joint custody arrangement. This can happen if one parent is perceived to have a significantly higher income than the other.
If you have any questions about your child support obligations, or you wish to pursue a modification to your child support arrangement, an attorney might be able to help. He or she can explain your options to you and may be able to assist you with ensuring that your case is heard. With this guidance, you can pursue a fairer arrangement for both, you and your child and potentially even avoid the legal complications that can arise from accumulating a backlog of missed payments.