Michigan residents will probably agree that a child may suffer the most in a divorce case. After the child's parents separate, a child's future may mostly depend on court-ordered child support, which tries to guarantee the best possible results for a child. Non-payment or untimely child support payments can hamper the physical, mental and emotional growth of a child.
Like any other civilian Michigan parent, a parent working in military also needs to pay child support and like any other parent he or she can also faces serious consequences if they fail to pay child support. The military provides strict provisions to deal with non-payment of child support.
A parent can start receiving child support from a military service member after following certain steps to process the support request. The custodial parent sends a court order issuing the child support or an order from a state child support enforcement agency that will direct the government to pay support directly to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, or DFAS. The next step for the support recipient is to obtain an Income Deduction Order or Income Withholding Order.
The Income Withholding Order directs the government to withhold money and remit payments to court-ordered recipients to satisfy the support obligation. This withholding order does not necessarily need the name of the specific government office where the obligator works, but it must have the full legal name of the obligator as well as his or her Social Security number. Since federal regulation has amended the child support definition, the recipient can also receive court costs, attorney and administrative fees, if the withholding order directs it.
Once this withholding order reaches DFAS, the recipient's request will be processed. DFAS does not take any fee for processing withholding orders. The recipient must also include a return address on all correspondence with DFAS, not just the return envelope. The recipient can also use the assistance of an attorney to obtain an income deduction order or income withholding order.
Source: DFAS.mil, "How to Start Child Support or Alimony Payments," Accessed on Jan. 9, 2015