In Michigan, as is the case throughout the United States, the divorce process can often be complex. There are many important changes involved and this period of your life can in many ways be very similar to getting married. Your financial situation, your place of residence and even your social circles may change as a result. However, one of the main concerns is likely to be the custody of your children and whether they will receive the financial support required for their upbringing.
While same-sex marriage was previously banned in Michigan, meaning that same-sex couples were also unable to divorce in the state, a Supreme Court ruling has reversed the ban. This means that Michigan couples whose marriage was not previously recognized in the state can now consider divorce and, by extension, the other decisions involved with the process.
Child support is one of those matters and is something often decided by family law courts. However, the gender of the parents should not be relevant to the court's decision on such matters, as the most important factor is the well-being of the child involved. As such, the amount paid and by whom is likely to be decided based on each parent's assets and the best interests of the child in question.
If you are planning to divorce, or you have any concerns about a child support arrangement, you do not need to navigate this difficult legal territory alone. An attorney can advise you about your options and may be able to assist you with your case. With the right guidance, you may be able to negotiate a reassessment of your monthly payments or pursue a fair and favorable decision in your child support case.
Source: WILX News, "Same-Sex Divorce," July 13, 2015